The word ‘suicide’ does not recall pleasant memories for most because it is so final. The dead person cannot come back to life. Does it work like that with ‘spiritual suicide?’
# The example of Adam
- God gave Adam a command not to eat from the fruit of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. Both he and his wife ate. The result was banishment from the Garden of Eden.
- The Garden was the place where God met with them. 1 There they had a relationship with Him. So that was broken. They committed spiritual suicide when they broke off their relationship with God.
# What God did
- Did He just leave them outside and let them suffer and struggle till they died? Not a chance. Before He expelled them, He clothed them with animals skins. The animals skins means God killed innocent animals. ‘…it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.’ 2 That points to the innocent Son of God, Jesus, who died in our place to pay for our sins.
- God overturned their spiritual suicide and gave them a second chance. We see that they took the lesson to heart because their sons, Abel and Cain, both sacrificed. Abel did it the right way because he sacrificed ‘fat portions of some of the firstborn of his flock.’ The result was that ‘The Lord looked with favour on Abel….’ 3
# Away from God’s presence
- We do it at times. When we sin we feel we just want to get out of God’s sight, like Cain. Genesis 4:16 says, ‘So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.’
- Note that in Bible language, ‘moving eastward’ gives the idea that they moved away from God’s presence. Genesis 11:1-2 repeats, ‘As men moved eastward…’
# The miracle of grace
- We err, but God forgives. It is remarkable that even before creation, God, in His omniscience, knew what would happen to Adam and Eve that would affect all their descendants.
- Peter was warned, yet betrayed Jesus three times. He committed spiritual suicide. Yet Jesus came to him and restored him. Surely these wonderful words apply to Peter and to us, ‘This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time….’ 4
In Christ, we can ask forgiveness again and again. He is always willing to forgive when we repent. So while physical suicide cannot be overturned, in Jesus, the ‘dead’ can come back to life in the Lord. How marvellous, brilliant and merciful is the God we serve!
- Genesis 3:8
- Leviticus 17:11
- Genesis 4:4
- 2 Timothy 1:9b