Authority Commensurate With Responsibility 1 - The Fall of Mankind


The Fall of Mankind

Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpentpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Genesis 2:7-9,15-17 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 soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceieved was in the transgression.

1 Corinthians 11:3,8,9,11,12 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither is the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

When God told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Eve had not been created.

Eve's knowledge of God's regulation came through her corporate, federal head; her husband, her covering, her pastor, her constituted, delegated authority! She did not hear the voice of God directly. She heard it relayed through Adam. She didn't have a dream, a vision, a tongue, a prophecy, or any such thing. All Eve had was the voice of a man!

When the devil tempted Eve, she was required to make an instant decision as to whether Adam had heard from God, or he had just dreamed it all up. It was not what was said that was at stake, but rather, who said it. Was it God, or was it just the voice of a man?
And the fall took place because of the introduction of a third voice!







But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Again, the future penalty of treason is death.

Death in Bible terminology is separation. It speaks of physical death, spiritual death and eternal death - separation with out God.

That the Lord Jesus has been and is the target of treason there is no doubt.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the buildres rejected, the same is become head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

A traitor is a person who betrays his trust.

2 Kings 11:14-16 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the peo

Teachings of Alister John Lowe Th.D.,Ph.D.  

Issue 27   March, 1995

Authority Commensurate With Responsibility   3

Synonyms and Antonyms for Authority
[English]

Order
Latin, ordo, an arranging, order. Methodical arrangement; regularity. Established method or process. Proper state; a law; a command.

Submission
Latin, submissus, which means made low, humble. From sub, under and missus, sent. The act of yielding to power or authority. Acknowledgement of inferiority, or dependence. Humble or suppliant behaviour. Resignation.

Subordinate
Latin, sub, under and ordinatus, arranged, set in order. Inferior in nature, rank or importance. Descending in a regular series. One who stands in rank or dignity below another, an inferior person.

Loyalty
French, loyal, from loi, law. Faithful to a prince or superior. True, devoted. A loyalist is a person who adheres to his sovereign, particularly in times of civil commotion.

Obey
Latin, ob, towards and audire, to hear. To comply with commands, orders or instructions of a superior: as a parent, a master, or a teacher. To yield submission to.

Witchcraft
Anglo Saxon, wicce, a witch. The practices or powers of a witch. Supernatural power, enchantment. A witch is a woman presumed to have supernatural power and knowledge by sup-
posed contact with evil spirits; a sorceress.

Rebellion
French, rebeller, to rebel, to revolt. Latin. rebellare, to rebel, from re, back or again, and bellare, to make war. One who makes war against constituted authorities: one who takes up arms against the authority of a government, to which he owes allegiance: open and avowed resistance to a government by force of arms. In Feudal Law
Law: One who disobeys his lord.

Chaos
Latin and Greek, a yawning gulf, immense void. The confused mass into which this earth is supposed to have existed prior to it being made a fit habitation for man. Any mixed or confused mass. Confusion; disorder.

Confusion
Latin, confusus, which means disordered. From con, and fusus, poured out, diffused. To mix or disorder things so that they can not be distinguished: to render indistinct: to perplex. To throw into disorder. To agitate by suprise or shame. Disorder: indisticntness: astonishment: distraction of mind.

Anarchy
Greek, a, without and arche, government: want of government. A state of lawless confusion in a country. An anarchist is one who attempts disorder or confusion in a country.

Iniquity
Latin, iniquitas, uneveness, injustice. From in, not and oequs, even, equal. Characterised by injustice, very unjust, wicked. Injustice, wickedness, marked departure from justice.

Lawlessness
Icelandic, lag, order, form, custom, law. From leggia, to lay. Anglo Saxon, lagu, what is laid or fixed, a law. A rule of action imposed by some authority or by the supreme power of a state. A statute. A rule of direction. A settled principle. A rule or axiom of science.

Authority
Legal power; rule; influence; credit.
Latin, auctor, an author. From augeo, I increase. One who creates or produces; a first mover; a writer of a book.

Power
French, pouvoir; Old French, pooir;
Italian, potere, power. Ability; capacity; strength; energy; faculty or energy of mind; influence; rule or authority; a sovereign; one invested with rule or authority, usually in the plural; a supernatural being or agent.

Official
Pertaining to or derived from the proper office or authority; done by virtue of authority. One invested with office. Latin, officium, service, duty, from opes, aid, help, and facere, to do. Italian, officio; French, office, office duty. Settled duty; employment; business; a house where commercial men transact their business.

Master
Latin, magister, a master or chief: Italian, maestro; Old French, maitre, a master. A man who has rule or government over others; a lord; a ruler; a chief;
a ruler; a chief; the head of a household; a director; an owner; a possesser; one very skilful in anything; one uncontrolled; a teacher or instructor; an employer; the commander of a merchant ship; an officer in a ship of war under the direction of the captain. To subdue; to conquer; to bring under control; to overcome.
 
Control
French, contrerolle, the copy of a roll of accounts, from contre, against, and role, a roll. To check by a contra-account; to restrain; to govern; to subject to authority.

Command
Latin, con, and mando, I order. Right, power, or authority over; an order or message with authority; a naval or military force under the authority of a particular officer.

Jurisdiction
Legal power or authority; the power or right of exercising authority; the district to which any authority extends. Latin, juridicus, relating to the administration of justice. From jus, law, and dico, I pronounce. Pertaining to a judge.

Judge
French, juge; Italian, giudice, a judge. From Latin, judex, a judge. The presiding officer in a court of law who awards punishment to offenders; a chief magistrate; one who has skill to decide on the merits or value of. That faculty of the mind which enables a man to ascertain truth by comparing facts and ideas.

Dominion
Supreme power or authority; territory or district governed by a prince; rule; control. Latin, dominans, ruling or bearing sway, from dominus, a lord. Italian, dominate; French, dominant, dominant, ruling. Having the power or rule; possessing the ascendancy; prevailing.

Rule
Latin, regula; Provencal, regla; French, regle, a straight piece of wood. Something established for guidance or direction; government; supreme command; control; a prescribed mode of operation by which certain results may be obtained.

Government
Control; restraint; the exercise of authority; the ruling power in a state; the principle or system under which a state is ruled. French, gouverner; Italian, governare; Latin, gubenare, to direct or govern. To direct and control; to regulate by authority; to command; to have influence or force. To exercise authority; to restrain. 
 
Restrain
Latin, restringere, to check, to restrain, from re, back, and string, I draw tight. Italian, restringere; French, restreindre. To hold back; to bind fast; to curb; to repress; to limit; to abridge.

Influence
French, influence; Italian, influenza, influence, power. Latin, influens, flowing into, from in, into, and fluo, I flow. Authority, sway; power of directing or modifying, seen or felt by its effects. To move or affect by moral force; to lead, or direct. Influential: exerting a directing or modifying power over the minds of men.

Persuade
Latin, persuadere, to persuade. From per, thoroughly, and suadeo, I advise. Italian, persuadere; French, persuader. To influence by advice or argument; to draw or incline a person by representing powerful motives to the mind; to convince by argument, or entreaty.

Ascendancy
Power; controlling influence. Latin, ad; scando, I mount up; scansum, to mount up. Italian, ascendere, to mount; to go up; to rise.

Prevail
Latin, proevalere, to be very powerful or superior. From proe, before, and valeo, I am strong. Italian, prevalere. French, prevaloir; to be in force; to overcome; to gain the victory or advantage; to have effect, power, or influence; to persuade or induce.

Sway
Dutch, zwaayen, to swing, to brandish: Icelandic, sviegja, to bend; Norman, svaga; Danish, svaie, to swing to and fro. To influence by power or force; to have influence; to bear rule; to govern.