Give Me That Mountain

Designed to Last

Health and Healing. Day two...

When we bought our last car there were still a few thousand miles left on the warranty. I looked for every possible flaw so anything found could be taken care of before the warranty ran out. I've done that on every vehicle I've purchased, as I suppose most people have.

Something that annoys me to no end is to have to listen to a rattle while driving. But a rattle under warranty doesn't get the same treatment as a squealing wheel bearing under warranty. An auto dealership will pull a bad bearing and replace it with a new one, but a dealership won't pull a dash with a rattle and replace the entire dash with a new one.

engine under repair

Instead, the technician will start taking things apart, hoping to find a wire cluster that's not properly secured or something else simple to identify. But more often than not, from my experience at least, the dash will end up with more rattles than it started off with. So even though I hate rattles, I won't deal with one unless it's bad enough that I just can't stand it.

There are some things that the more you mess with them, the worse they get.

Many of the complex products we use every day weren't designed to be messed with (some models of cell phones for instance). Each of the individual components within these products was designed to last without failure for the lifetime of the product. The product can be taken apart—but it's never the same as new when put back together.

God designed the human body in much the same way.

The components within the human body were designed to last for the entire lifetime of each and every person without replacement or repair. The human body can be disassembled and re‐assembled to a certain extent, but it's never quite the same as a healthy body that's never been messed with.

God formed Adam from the dust of the earth.

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 being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)

God formed Adam's body from the soil. Interestingly, it is from the soil that our bodies are also sustained. The earth's soil was the source of the very first human body and continues to be the source of the body's food supply (directly as in plant life or indirectly as in animal life).

After God formed Adam's body from the soil, God breathed life into Adam. And Adam became a living being—perfect in every way. God then formed Eve from one of Adam's ribs.

Adam's and Eve's physical bodies were designed to last for eternity in perfect health.

Think about that reality for a moment. Adam and Eve had physical bodies just like you and me. But their bodies had no sickness or disease, no aches or pains—nothing but pure health.

They ate from the soil just like we do but the plants in the Garden did not require pesticides or fertilizer.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29 KJV)

Notice that Adam and Eve started off as vegetarians. They didn't eat meat while they were in the Garden. None of the animals were meat‐eaters either. How do we know this?

Since Adam and Eve were meant to live for eternity in the Garden of Eden, then the Garden would have resembled Heaven on earth, so‐to‐speak. The following two passages from Isaiah describe relationships in eternity, and so we can reasonably conclude that they also describe relationships in the Garden.

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6 NIV)

Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they'll get a diet of dirt! Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on my Holy Mountain,” says GOD. (Isaiah 65:25 MSG)

For us to be healed and to live in health we must understand how we started off here on this earth.

We are not mutants. There is no Biblical account of Adam' and Eve's descendants “evolving” into a humanity riddled with inherit sickness and disease. God created us to live forever in the same kind of body that we see in the mirror each morning—but then something happened that changed everything.

Have a good weekend,
Mike

Image credit: Georg Sander

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