Insights: Sweat ‘til Death

In preparation for the message today from Genesis 3, I was looking at the passage further down the page, specifically, Genesis 3:19. It is an interesting passage, “ In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

The Hebrew and Greek doesn’t get us out of the sweat, the work or even the dust. We are commanded to work for bread until the day we die!  I think I’ve glossed over this too many times in life.  I know life is about work and I’m not afraid of it.  I like to work hard – it gets rid of toxins through sweat.  It’s good for the heart and joints and the body.  It helps me sleep better at night when I’m tired.  But, surely there’s a time to put up the feet for a “retirement.”

Fortunately, there is always ministry as people need discipleship. Yet, “in the sweat of my face until death – will I eat?”  Oh, that was just the agricultural society, not our improved society, wasn’t it?  Now that we’re advanced, we don’t have to worry about work, or do we?  Maybe that’s the point.  Maybe we have so many people who are just rocking away and drifting away that they are little used by God to disciple other people.

Maybe we need to pray this simple prayer:

“Lord, help me think through this, so when I get to the rocking stage, I’ll still be discipling people and even working until you cause me to return to the dust. Amen.”


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