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The Pursuit of Death, Part II revised
by Clyde Blakely
08/18/09
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The Pursuit of Death, Part II

“Adam, where are you?” The All-Knowing Word cries.

Naked, afraid, hiding, Adam and Eve had broken their relationship with the Holy God, their Creator. Spiritual death occurred - separation from God - and the deterioration of the body had commenced - physical death.

Ejected from Paradise, the garden and the tree of Life guarded, God initiated the plan conceived before the foundation of the world. God’s love for man would be revealed: to make man after His own image.

However man’s desire was not to know God in an intimate way but it to seek out his own pleasure, to have his own way, whether through envy, murder, lying, and other aspects in enmity to a sovereign, holy God. Man had been given a free will.

Evil grew throughout the earth and judgment by a world wide flood was given; only Noah and his family, along with representatives of all other life forms with breath in it. After 40 days and nights the ark found solid ground, man increased and repopulated the world but his heart was no different – pursuing his own desires and seldom seeking God.

For awhile man followed God. A people were chosen to reveal Him to the world. They grew in number but became captives in a foreign land. Deliverance was followed by the giving of the law; the law to show man how he was failing to meet God’s high measure and how to do it - an impossible task – being in the image of God, flawless.

Man now knew this was unattainable; all would perish. However, the plan continued to unfold, as designed. God’s love, in its fullness, was about to be displayed.

Born not in a palace, not of royal linage by man’s standards, but as a baby in a lowly, dirty manger – God took human form to pursue for man the judgment of death to make man into His image – at last.

The Perfect Life given for imperfect man, death on a cross, all sin on His shoulders, separated Him from His Father - spiritual death - followed by physical death.

Mary came to the tomb early on the third day after His death, only to find the tomb empty. The pursuit of death was completed; death had been conquered! Life eternal and the transformation into His image offered. Would man’s desire for his own pleasure keep him from accepting this gift?

“Adam, where are you? The cry continues…


Charles Wesley, in his song And Can It Be?, penned this line in the first verse, “For me, who Him to death pursued”.




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