God the Almighty made men from dust and gave men life by his breadth(Genesis 2:7). God planted a garden in Eden with all type of plants that are good for food, both the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were in the garden (Genesis 2:8-9). God warn Adam that if he eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). When Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were sent out of the Garden of Eden, so that they could not access the fruits from the tree of life, which they have access to prior to their sin. Therefore men would die, death is a punishment for sin. Life and death are completely under God’s control. As Elihu rightly pointed out in Job 34:14-15, men dies when God withdrew his breadth; and also in Job 32:8-9, God’s breadth is the spirit within that helps us understand. Again in Psalm 104:29-30, when the Almighty take his breadth away, the living perish and return to dust.
Genesis 2:7 (author) God gives life.
7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:8-9 (author) both tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and evil were in Eden.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Job 34:14-15 (author) Death when God withdraw his breadth
14 If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, 15 all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.
Job 32:8-9 (author) A person is defined by the spirit within, the breadth of Almighty
8 But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. 9 It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.
Psalm 104:29-30 (author) men die, when God’s breadth is taken.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
Ecclesiastical 12:7 (author) spirit return to God
7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Psalm 146:3-4 (author)
3 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. 4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
So when men treat death as something that can be conqurered, destroyed or think that there can be victory over death, as listed below. These men are uttering ignorence or defiance. They have either misunderstood, or were erroneously misusing these words, or these men are in reality uprising against God. Though God the Almighty himself said in Isaiah 25:8 that he himself will swallow up death forever, God is swallowing up his pride as shown in Isaiah 25:11 where he lay low his pomprous pride.
Defiance sentances used by men;
- death has no dominion over Christ or
- Destroy death or
- Death is swallowed up in victory or
- destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.
- “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Isaiah 25:6-8 (author) God forgives
6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.
Elias, Malachi 4:5-6