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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

This, we know, was the work of six days; so that "in the day" is expressive of that period.

But in the text before us, the same phrase represents a much longer period, for Adam did not die until he was 930 years old; therefore, the day in which he died did not terminate till then.

But it may be objected that the day in the text must be limited to the day of the eating; because it says, "in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die": and as he was not eating of it 930 years, but only partook of it once on a certain natural day, it cannot mean that long period.

But I am not prepared to admit that the physical action of eating is the only eating indicated in the text.

Adam fed upon the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge all the time from his eating of the natural fruit until he died.

The natural fruit in its effect was figurative of the fruit of transgressing the interdict, which said, "Thou shalt not eat of it".

The figurative fruit was of a mixed character.

It was "good," or pleasant to the flesh; but "evil" in its consequences.

"By the law," says the apostle, "is the knowledge of sin"; for "sin is the transgression of law".

Sin is pleasant to the flesh; because the deeds forbidden are natural to it.

It is that "good" fruit which the animal man delights to eat.

The flesh, the eyes, and life, have all their desires, or lusts, which, when gratified, constitute the chiefest good that men under their dominion seek after.

But God has forbidden indulgence in these lusts.

He says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world".

And again, "The friendship of the world is enmity with God.

Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God": and, "If ye live after the flesh ye shall die".

This language is unmistakable.

To indulge, then, in the lawless pleasures, which "sinful flesh" terms "good," is to "bring forth sin," or to bear fruit unto death; because the "wages of sin is death".

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption".

All "the ills that flesh is heir to" make up the "evil" which has come upon man as the result of transgressing the law of God, which said to Adam, "Thou shalt not eat thereof".