but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. ~ Genesis 2:17~
Death is a thing so normal to humanity, such that we all understand that eventually we are going to die. Because of that understanding, our most efforts go to making sure that we live enough and we work hard enough to build a legacy for our children before we die. We have literally given up on any other possibility of life.
The scripture above tells us that, death was a penalty assigned to a certain type of a tree. This tree, a carrier of death is called ‘knowledge of good and evil’. We only come to a knowledge of something when it is brought to our attention. Adam and Eve only knew God and good. Which means they lacked the knowledge of evil. Which is what eating from the tree would bring to their attention, and it did. However, not only did it bring knowledge of evil, but also death. Not only did it bring this knowledge of evil and death to Adam, but to every human being that was in Adam’s loins. Therefore, with that simple act, all human race was subjected to evil and death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
This very knowledge of evil was passed on to us through sin. Sin is doing the opposite of what God says one should do. The opposite of what God says we should do is evil, and it’s price is death.
Yes, spiritually, death means transgression. However, physically, it means loss of life in the body. It means ending up in a grave and subsequently decaying.
for the life of all flesh is its blood. – Leviticus 17:14c
Death therefore refers to anything that destroys the blood. One can die through a huge loss of blood and other things that hinder the proper flow of blood throughout the body, or lack of nutrients and cells that build up the blood (sickness). Blood is what sustains a human life. So if you cannot kill a human with a sword or a bullet, you have to destroy the blood in the body, and that can be done through a disease.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ – Leviticus 17:11
Adam and Eve, before their rebellion had no need for sacrifice, no need for atonement. Their blood was pure and so there was life in them. However, their fall to sin and death meant that to live, sacrifice had to be offered for the atonement of sin because life is in the blood. Their blood could no longer qualify them life, but by the blood of animals that had no sin in them but life, they could buy life. So it became the case for all human race.
However, when Christ came, born not of Adam, but He Himself a second Adam, He brought a solution to the blood and death problem. The life in His blood became the life of all human race. This life we partake in it by drinking His blood. He not only gave us life in His blood but also eternal life through His flesh. The eternal life we partake in it by eating His flesh. It is His flesh that was resurrected and made to live, not by blood but by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we partake in Holy communion, we partake in the life given to us through Christ Jesus, physical and eternal. Even so, Paul warns us in 1 Cor 11:29-30 not to take Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, for even that will lead to us consuming death upon ourselves.
There are two ways that we can get sick, disease or demons. Disease comes through unhealthy living, contamination or contagion. We might not have much control concerning contamination or contagion, but we have lots of control over healthy living. Eating well balanced, right amount, and healthy meals means consuming sufficient nutrients for the blood to build up. Exercise means encouraging blood flow and the heart rate. Demons on the other hand come and position themselves in whatever area in the body of the human being, causing the body to ill function. In this case one would need deliverance to get rid of that sickness. Demons come either by invitation or to attack the person. We might not have control over the attack but we have lots of control over the invitation element. We have been given the word of God, the bread of life to live by. This word helps us with sin while it feeds life unto us. We have already seen that sin attracts death, so, the word of God saves us from sin. It is therefore, the bread of life in that sense. David says in Psalm 119:11 , I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Therefore, our overall wellness is in healthy eating; exercise, enough water; doing the word of God and Holy Communion.
On the other hand, God is God and His ways are not our ways. One can still follow all these principles and still get sick. One of the things I’ve learned this year is that, God can use a disease, especially the chronic ones to give a person time to repent and fix their ways before their set time of departure. While at the same time giving those around that person time to adjust. He can also use it to help one surrender their lives as a living sacrifice. Either way, the principles of overall wellness stand.
May we be wise enough to choose life always.