“Christ passed from this scene of glory [His baptism] to one of the greatest temptation. He went into the wilderness, and there Satan met Him, and tempted Him on the very points where man will be tempted. Our Substitute and Surety passed over the ground where Adam stumbled and fell. And the question was, Will He stumble and fall as Adam did over God’s commandments? He met Satan’s attacks again and again with, “It is written,” and Satan left the field of conflict a conquered foe. Christ has redeemed Adam’s disgraceful fall, and has perfected a character of perfect obedience, and left an example for the human family, that they may imitate the Pattern. Had He failed on one point in reference to the law of God, He would not have been a perfect offering; for it was on one point only that Adam failed”
There have been some who have questioned whether Adam and Eve were given the Ten Commandments, more specifically, they say there is no proof Adam and Eve were given the Sabbath day or kept it. Sadly, they miss varying proofs such is already stated. Now, I could hide behind the statement which is often used when all arguments fail, which is, “Spiritual things are discerned by the spiritual” implying because you’re not “spiritual” you cannot understand “spiritual”, well, understanding. I won’t do this. Instead, I’ll try to “reason” with you as Hosea was known to say.
Was Christ tempted with regards to the Ten Commandments? He most surely was. How? Then Ten Commandments are merely an index to all sin. Whatever sin you can name, I can show you how it goes back to breaking one of them. The Bible states plainly,
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4 (KJV)
What law? Has to be the Ten Commandments. There is only one Law which existed even before sin. I mean, come on, and think about it. If there is no law, there is no sin. Satan was expelled from heaven why? He broke the Law. He sinned. Adam and Eve broke the Law and THEN sin entered into the world. So, the Law had to exist BEFORE sin. Does the Law need to be enumerated, literally, before you know what it is? I’ve been guilty of breaking the law of the State of New York and never knew it existed, but does that mean the law didn’t exist? Did that absolve my guilt? Nope. And I paid dearly for that, too! So, just because you don’t SEE the Law as being written down and spelled out, for you, doesn’t mean it was not apparent, because Satan and our first parents paid dearly for it and we’re still paying dearly for it.
My point, we know, I know, Christ was not tempted to smoke Crack Cocaine. Yet, He was tempted with the same sin which is associated with substance abuse. He was not tempted to steal from the Bank of the Nazarenes, but He was tempted with the same sin which is associated with theft. The Bible states,
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Heb 4:15 (KJV)
He was tempted in ALL points. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it. Have you thought what “all points” mean? It would mean the TEN points of the LAW of God, contained in those Ten Commandments! All the laws of the land can go back to being compared to those Commandments. And of course, we know,
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” James 2:10-11 (KJV) Notice James here is quoting from the Ten Commandments and this is loooooong after Christ had died and returned to Heaven!
So, would Adam and Eve had to keep the Sabbath, in the Garden of Eden, without you knowing personally if they’d been given the Law of God? Yes, it’s the obvious answer. If they did not, then they would have been Law breakers. What was the law they broke when Adam ate the fruit?
They broke the First Commandment – Thou shalt not have any god before Me
They broke the Third Commandment – Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain
They broke the Fifth Commandment – Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother
They broke the Sixth Commandment – Thou shalt not kill
They broke the Seventh Commandment – Thou shalt not commit adultery
They broke the Eight Commandment – Thou shalt not steal
The broke the Ninth Commandment – Thou shalt not bear false witness
They broke the Tenth Commandment – Thou shalt not covet
And obviously, because they broke even one, they were also guilty of breaking the Sabbath and any other law not listed here.
My friends, I suggest we be more like Christ and because of Him we are able to claim His righteousness and walk away not having broken the Law of God.
January 27, 2015