Genesis 2:7 – The Redemption of the Body

There are so many ways to look at scripture that it is a challenge to know which way to go.  If you have been reading my blog, you know that I try to provide new perspectives into standard teachings.  I always use the Bible to explain and interpret the Bible so I’m not making stuff up.  However, since a lot of what I teach is new, I’m to you and stuff you never heard, it will be difficult for you to see at first.  That is just the way the Bible is.  People can look right at a verse of truth and never see what it says.

 Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 We can learn a lot by seeing inside the implications associated with property ownership.  Since the man’s body was formed from the dust of the ground, that automatically implies the body can be bought and sold as any piece of property can be bought and sold.  If you have ever bought a piece of property you will understand this concept.  But what does that have to do with Adam?

 Isaiah 52:3  For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; ye shall be redeemed without money.

 Here are the words of God spoken to us.  God declares that Adam sold himself for nothing.  In other words Adam did not gain anything from the sales transaction with Satan.  There was a transfer of ownership of a piece of property and Adam lost everything.  After the fall of man we now have a new god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) who was in charge until Jesus came and died for us.  Did you notice the last part of Isaiah 52:3, God says, I know you sold yourselves for nothing, but I will redeem you without any money. 

 Redemption is a fascinating concept.  In natural terms, people in our world pawn or sell items to stores called Pawn Shops.  The establishment gives the person some money for their items of value and then sets a time limit that the person who sold the item can come back and repurchase the item back, usually for a premium.  If the time limit expires, the item is now property of the store owner and he can sell the item for usually more than he paid for it.  That is an interesting concept and actually a parallel to what the Bible says happened to Adam.  Adam sold his property to Satan, but God had an established time period to redeem it and God said I will pay the price to get it back, and it won’t cost me any money.  We know that God paid the price with His life and His blood, so even though it didn’t cost money, it wasn’t free or cheap.

 Romans 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 In Romans 8:23 we can see a statement that declares the time period for land transfer has not completely expired.  If we are waiting, like Paul was waiting what are we waiting for?  When is this expiration or redemption period  over.  When will the property revert to the correct ownership?  Well this is what God’s law said about personal property and ownership.

 Leviticus 25:10  And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man his family.

 You see God instigated a time when every possession that was sold would be returned to the original owner.  Every 50 years, a Jubilee would take place, a time of liberty a time of freedom for everyone.  Any person who had been sold into slavery would be returned to his family.  Any property sold to pay a debt would be returned to their original owners.  This was God’s law and God’s solution to Adam selling what he couldn’t afford to sell.

 Genesis 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

 I found Genesis 6:3 fascinating, did you notice that it said “man is also flesh”.  This verse places a higher importance on something that man is above his body.  Man is of course a spirit being that lives in a body.  But in the eyes of God  the man belongs in a body.  Paul said in the New Testament, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”  So we can see that the man’s spirit can be separated from his body.  In which case if the man’s spirit leaves his body we know the body is dead.  If you die and go to heaven that doesn’t mean that you are not still waiting for your glorified body.

 So many will question this reasoning, but I can see it based upon other scriptures in the Bible so I believe it.  In Genesis 6:3 God speaking about the years of man said they will be 120.  Most people these days don’t live that long, but a few have reached ages near that number.  But I don’t think God was talking about that, or I guess I should say God was implying something else.  If you take 120 and multiply it by 50 (Jubilees) you get what?  The answer comes to 6000, that is an amazing number in light of the Genesis 1 prophecy.  It seems that man’s time period of physical redemption is 6000 years.  At this time the property will revert back to the original owner.  There are really no coincidences in the Bible, there are really just a lot of clues.  Putting the clues together is where we come in and that is our job.  God has given us an assigned task to figure out the clues.  In a short Blog like this, I can’t really give you every scripture reference and all the information that you probably need to figure these things out.   All I can do is give you some snippets and a few references to help you search for the truth in a new way.

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Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on November 7, 2009, in Bible Study, Chapter 2, Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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