Cause Of Death
Often autopsies are performed to determine the cause of someone*s death. There are, of course, numerous physical causes of it. But mortal men usually do not consider the basic and ultimate cause of death. They leave it out of the autopsy report.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord does not provide us with an exact scientific or mathematical formula for how much sin it takes to cause death. Only His mercy can explain why the wages of sin are not instantaneous. Only His mercy can give us a stay of execution so that we do not die the second that we commit a sin. Seldom do we recognize the enormity of sin.
Any and all sins cause death. We sin enough to cause our own death thousands of times over. Sins we consider insignificant cause death just as sins we consider horrible. The Bible teaches about many sins that are worthy of death that we mortals don*t think are that bad. We are soft on sin.
Genesis 2:17: 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.
Exodus 21:28-29: If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.
Deuteronomy 22:6-7: If a bird*s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
Numbers 15:32-35: And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
Those little sins accompany idolatry and disobeying the Lord.
Deuteronomy 8:19-29: And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.
Several sins that affect longevity have to do with how one treats his parents, through whom God gives life to all men. It pictures the fact that people*s treatment of God Himself who gives both physical and spiritual life determines their longevity. It determines whether they live or die physically AND spiritually.
Exodus 20:12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 21:15: And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
Mark 7:10: For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
The first cause of death is sin. The final cause of death is rejecting Christ.
1 John 5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
The most notable evidence of the enormity of sin is the high and horrible price that Jesus paid for our sin, His death on the cross. God hates sin and what it does to us and wants to provide mercy. Because the justice we deserve fell on Jesus, God is free to be merciful to us.
Ezekiel 33:11: Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Psalms 103:10: He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.