And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat:…
I. THE EMPHASIS EXPRESSED IN THE TEXT. Literally, "Dying thou shalt die." Intensity, rather than certainty.
1. Death, as a dissolution, may be a natural event.
2. Sin gives this dissolution its terrible significance.
(2) Physical sufferings.
(3) Mental frustration.
(4) Social disruptions.
(5) Moral forebodings.
II. THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE TEXT. Adam did die on the day he sinned. Such a change took place, not merely in his physical condition, but in his mind and heart — so much remorse and foreboding, so many dark thoughts about his dissolution — that he died: his innocency died, his hopes died, his peace died. Conclusion: This view of the subject —
1. Serves to reconcile science and revelation.
2. Serves to explain many ambiguous passages. "The wages of sin is death." "To be carnally minded is death." "Christ hath abolished death."
3. Serves to show the value of the gospel.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: