Monday, December 27, 2010

How Adam Violated All Ten Commandments

I'm only a fourth of my way through The Marrow of Modern Divinity, but already I am prepared to call it the greatest thing outside of the Bible that I've ever read. At one point in the book, Evangelist sets forth an argument against the Legalist and the Antinomian that hinges upon Adam's violation of the whole decalogue in the Fall. He then explains exactly how it is that Adam violated all ten commandments; and he goes one commandment at a time:
1. He chose himself another God when he follows the devil.

2. He idolized and deified his own belly; as the apostle's phrase is, "He made his belly his God."

3. He took the name of God in vain, when he believed him not.

4. He kept not the rest and estate wherein God had set him.

5. He dishonoured his Father who was in heaven ; and therefore his days were not prolonged in that land which the Lord his God had given him.

6. He massacred himself and all his posterity.

7. From Eve he was a virgin, but in eyes and mind he committed spiritual fornication.

8. He stole, like Achan, that which God had set aside not to be muddled with; and this his stealth is that which troubles all Israel, the whole world.

9. He bear witness against God, when he believed the witness of the devil before him.

10. He coveted an evil covetousness, like Ammon, which cost him his life, and all his progeny.
From The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher

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