posted by roshavotJuly 24, 2010

Original Sin

Balaam's Talking Donkey

Yeshua said, "For from within, out of the People's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person." (Mar 7:21-23).

"When tested do not say, 'I am tested from God seeing God is un-tested with evil things? God tests no one!'" (Jam 1:13).

"But rather say, 'Everyone is examined by Elohim when he is drawn away by his own lust, even lured. Then when his lust hath conceived, it births sin, and sin, when it is full term, births death'." (Jam 1:14-15).

"Tests" are opportunities that are often delivered by a satan, as we learn in Num 22:32 ... the Angel of YHVH asked Balaam, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out as a satan, because what you are doing is evil in My sight".

"Tests" can also be delivered by a human messenger called a satan, as in 1Kin 11:14,23-25, etc. Satan is a Hebrew word that means one who diverts and hinders or an adversary. The word satan is neutral, therefore someone may be labeled a satan when he is obedient to, or in opposition to Elohim’s authority.

After an opportunity to do right or wrong is proffered, it is internalized, as described in Rom 6:16: "Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey--either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness"? These "tests" prove the heart (compare 1Chr 21:1 with 2Sam 24:1 and the story of Ananias in Acts 5:3 with Acts 5:4. See the Sidebar above right).

Proving the heart is dramatized for us in Mat 4:1-11 and Luk 4:1-13, during the "test of the Prophet" (as prescribed in Deu 18:18-22, see Deu 8:2-3,5).

A "devil", or dia-bolos in Greek and dibbah in Hebrew, is a term for a false witness, and was translated as a "slanderer" in 1Tim 3:11. Dia-bolos is identified as Israel's inclination to transgress the Torah; compare Heb 2:14 & Rom 6:6; 8:3.

How to pass the "test" was explained to Cain in Gen 4:7, "If thou be content, shalt thou not be forgiven? And if thou are not content sin lies at the door (a door or gate in Scriptures alludes to "exile", Lev 13:46; see the Similitude of Adam's Transgression, below). And unto thee shall be sin's desire. Yet you can rule over sin".

The Children of Israel can rule over sin and are responsible for their own actions, however there is an original sin. How did it originate? Who does it effect?

Rom 5:8-12 YHVH demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (the word sinner in Hebrew is chata. It is Strong's #2398, and means to forfeit or to bear loss, as in Gen 31:39. The "sinners" are the Exiles; consider Dan 9:3-11), Messiah died on our behalf (on behalf of the exiles of Israel. He died in order to prime the mechanism of repatriation, see Mat 2:6; Luk 1:16; Joh 1:31; Act 13:23-24; 1Cor 15:13-20). Much more then, being now declared blameless with his blood (his death); we shall be rescued from our anger through him (Num 35:25). For if, when we (Israel and Judah) were enemies (Eph 2:13-16; Col 1:21-22), we were reconciled (we exchanged enmity with friendship) in YHVH because of the death of His Son (1Cor 15:36), much more than being reconciled, we shall be saved (resurrected and repatriated to the Land of Israel, Jer 30:10-11; 31:7-9) by his life (1Cor 15:20). And not only so, but we also joy in YHVH through Adoneinu Yeshua the Messiah, by whom we (Israel and Judah) have now reconciled. Wherefore, as by one son-of-man (from the Aramaic text) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death spread to all sons-of-man, for that all the sons-of-man have sinned.

Adam is the son of Elohim (Luk 3:38) not the "son of man", and therefore not the subject of this verse. Paul is speaking of Israel. The Scriptures refer to the House of Israel as "man" or adam in Psa 90:3; Eze 34:30-31; Hos 6:7; etc. Adam represents an expatriate, Gen 3:22-24.

Veil of rebuke

Veil of Rebuke

Gentiles (or, more precisely, the nations of Esau) are referred to as beasts, birds, and creepy-crawly things, Isa 34; Hos 2:18; Mic 7:15-18; Luk 10:19; 12:33; Act 10:11-12,28; Rev 22:15. The vanished 10 tribes of Israel were destined to mix with other nations (Hos 8:8), to the exclusion of the Edomite nations. There are 3 types of gentiles: seed-gentiles (Israel), soil-gentiles (recipients of the Promise, Gal 3:8), and satan-gentiles (Esau the Protagonist, and his descendants, Gen 27:38-41; Obadiah; Mal 1:3-4).

"Sin entered into the world" when the House of Israel was scattered among the nations (Amo 9:9) as a result of their inability to keep the Covenant (2Kin 17:22-23,34). Their existence as outcasts was considered "death" (Isa 9:1-3; Luk 1:79; 15:32; Rom 11:15). When the House of Israel began to mix their seed with the gentiles (Hos 7:8), they took with them their "veil of rebuke" into the world.

Isa 25:7-9 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, that is to say, the veil of rebuke that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory ("death" is Israel's expatriation); and Adonai YHVH will wipe away tears from off all faces because the rebuke of his People shall he remove from off all the world; for YHVH hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that Day (the Millennium), "Lo, this is our Elohim (Hos 2:23); we have waited for him, and he will save us (restore us as a nation, Ezek 37:21-22); this is YHVH; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his Salvation (His Yeshuah)".

We are informed in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy that the punishment for not keeping the Covenant of the Torah is "exile". Thus we read, "YHVH will bring you ... to a nation which you have not known ... and there you shall worship other gods, of wood and stone". (Deu 28:36). Their rebuke was to be taken to a strange land to be steeped in idolatry, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and estranged from the covenants of promise (Hos 5:9; Eph 2:12; Col 1:21).

Nature of sin


The following is the key to understanding the nature of sin: sin is a transgression of the Torah (1Joh 3:4), and the Torah belongs to the Nation of Israel (Exo 12:49; Lev 24:22; Num 9:14; 15:13-16,29-30; Deu 14:21; 33:4). Therefore, only Israel's sins are recorded (Eze 13:9).

Rom 5:13-14 For until the Torah, sin (although sin was in the world) was not imputed, because there was no Torah. But death (the Principle of Exile, known as the "Similitude of Adam's Transgression") continued to reign from Adam to Moses, even over them without a share in the Similitude of Adam's Transgression. Moses is the figure of the Law-Giver that was to come (Act 3:22-23).

The Similitude of Adam's Transgression

Adam Exiled

The covenant of YHVH consists of blessings and curses. The curse involves expulsion from the place of the covenant. Isaiah describes this exile as “dwelling in the land of the shadow of death” (Isa 9:1-3). Adam was told that in the day he ate of the “tree of the knowledge of good mixed with evil” he would die (Gen 2:17). When Adam conceived his disobedience, “YHVH Elohim sent him forth from the garden of Eden” (Gen 3:23). Adam was considered dead because he was expatriated. Adam was not cursed (Gen 3:17-19). Adam did not lose his immortality, because he had not yet eaten of the Tree of Life (Gen 3:22-24; 1Tim 6:16). We continue to be born in the likeness of Elohim (Gen 9:6; 1Cor 11:7; Jam 3:9; Act 17:29).

The anthem of the Exiles was uttered during the execution of the Messiah of Israel (who was expelled from Jerusalem, Heb 13:13): “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

The "Similitude of Adam's Transgression" is breaking covenant resulting in Exile.

Rom 5:15-17 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one nation many be dead (under Israel's rebuke), much more the loving-kindness of YHVH, and the gift by loving-kindness, because of one Son-of-Man, Yeshua the Messiah of Israel, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift of loving-kindness: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto vindication. For if by one's offence death reigned by one; much more they (who receive abundance of loving-kindness even the gift of righteousness) shall reign in the Resurrection by one, Yeshua the Messiah of Israel.

Rom 5:18-21 Therefore as by the offence of one, the rebuke spread upon all men (see Isa 25:7-9 above) to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, victory came upon all sons-of-man unto life. For as by one son-of-man's disobedience (the House of Israel’s disobedience) many were made forfeiters of the Covenant so by the obedience of one shall many be righteous (2Cor 5:21). Moreover the Torah snuck up behind sin, that this offence might look huge. But where sin looked huge, loving-kindness (Mat 23:23) was super-huge; that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might loving-kindness reign through righteousness unto eternal life in the Resurrection, by Yeshua the Messiah of Israel, Adoneinu.

Conclusion: Original sin was Israel's failure to keep the Covenant.