Dust has also plagued God since the Garden of Eden.
The Bible informs us that man was formed from the dust of the ground.
"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." Genesis 2:7
God formed man of the dust of the ground. The word ground is ADAMA and means "ground, land and earth." The word formed means "to shape or fashion." The word dust is APAR It is the loose, fine particles of earth that are blown by the wind. Dust cannot be formed into anything. Dust must be held together by something such as water to become ADAMA (ground, land or earth). So man (ADAM) was made of the ADAMA.
Then what purpose did the dust (APAR) have in the creation of man? The APAR (dust) is the nature of man. It was clothed upon with ADAMA, the ground or earth, which was flesh.
God made man in His image and likeness, but man did not stay in that image and likeness very long. Why? Because it was the carnal nature (Adam nature) that caused man to sin. And it is our old Adam nature that causes us to come short of the glory of God.It is the Adam nature that exalts itself to be like God. It is also the Adam nature that rebels against God.
When the serpent spoke to Eve, he related,
"God knows your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods." Genesis 3:5
This is the first place in the Bible the word "gods" appears. Before that there was only one God. Satan had planted the idea of more than one God in the mind of God's creation. When man listened to satan, the Adam nature was established.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make one wise..." Genesis 3:6
There are 3 important factors in this verse:
1 - Food represents the lust of the flesh
2 - Pleasant to the eyes represents the lust of the eyes
3 - Desired to make one wise represents the pride of life
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:16
John said that these were not of the Father, but of the world. The old Adam nature serves the world and worldly lusts. The Adam nature brings forth disobedience, rebellion, death and separation from God.
When God breathed into Adam's nostrils, he became a Spiritual creation. His mind, will, and emotions were Spiritual. There were no outside or satanic influences in Adam's life at creation. All his thoughts were directed by God. All these thoughts were for Adam's good. There were no destructive thoughts in Adam's mind or makeup.
When sin entered in, man was no longer a Spiritual creation. He became a soulish creation, living by his senses and instincts instead of by the voice of God. The voice, or presence of God, no longer walked with them in the cool of the evening. This condition plagued all mankind until Jesus came to re-establish His creation as a living soul in the earth.
In order for us to be re-established as a living soul before God, we must deal with the Adam nature of sensuality and sin. The old Adam nature is sensual, carnal, worldly, selfish, disobedient, rebellious and Anti-Christ. This is the dust nature of God's creation which has been present from the beginning.
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:19
One of the curses that God pronounced on man was that he was dust and would return to the dust. Was Adam dust when he walked with God before sin? NO! At that time he was a Spiritual living soul. The dust nature was present with Adam, but the Spiritual subdued the dust. It was not until Adam succumbed to the temptation of sin and was disobedient to God's voice that the Spirit had to leave and the dust nature became evident in Adam's life. He became sensual and carnal. He had returned to dust.
When Adam fell from his spiritual state, his attention was drawn to his nakedness. Man has never gotten his eyes off the naked body and the sensuality of the flesh. When Adam sinned, death came with it. At that time satan held the keys to death because there is no death in God. Only after Jesus' resurrection were the keys of death and hell removed from satan. Those who, again, come into a Spiritual relationship with the Father have received the giver of life. Death no longer reigns in them.
Two of the signs of the old Adam nature are fear and a lack of willingness to accept responsibility for one's actions.
"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." Genesis 3:9-10
Adam was afraid and naked. Adam lost his Spiritual covering.
"And He said, Who told thee that 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." Genesis 3:11-12
Adam began to make excuses and blamed God for his disobedience and rebellion. "The woman whom Thou gavest..." He refused to accept responsibility for his actions. Fear and a blaming of others are signs of the old Adam nature. The Adam nature is our immature nature before God. When the Spirit left Adam, he was no longer a living soul. His carnal nature took over, and fear entered in. Fear is one of the main ingredients of the Adam nature. The world today is living in fear because there is no hope for the old Adamic nature. This nature must be destroyed.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22
In Adam all die. The Adam nature brings forth death because the Adam nature separates us from God and the Spirit of life. Only in Christ are we made alive. Light, (the Spirit of life), and darkness, (death) can not dwell together.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit." I Corinthian 15:45
Most relate the first Adam to the Adam creation that was made a living soul. But Adam was a living soul until sin entered in. After sin, Adam was no longer a living soul because death had entered in. Light and dark cannot dwell together.
Jesus overcame the dust nature in Adam.
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Romans 8:3
There was no sin in Jesus. Jesus thus became our example of the first Adam, the living soul, who gained the victory over the old flesh nature and condemned sin in the flesh instead of allowing sin to reign in His mortal, flesh body. Jesus is our example of God's creation, man, succeeding where the Adam of Genesis failed.
Jesus was the first Adam, a living soul. He was not a quickening, living Spirit while He was in the flesh. When the Spirit came upon Him as a dove, it rested upon the flesh, Matthew 3:16. Thus the Holy Spirit anointing was upon His flesh.
On the Day of Pentecost He came as the Holy Spirit of God and rested upon the flesh of the 120 in the upper room, Acts 2:3. Thus, He was the second Adam when He became the quickening Spirit of God.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:6
That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Jesus drew a line between flesh and Spirit. When Jesus walked the earth, He was flesh, the same as you and I. Here in lies our hope. When Jesus walked the earth, He was a living soul, the same as the original Adam. He was the first Adam revived!
Adam was created without sin. Jesus came without sin, made of the same material as the original Adam; flesh. We were born into sin, but through the shed blood of Jesus, we receive forgiveness of sin. In baptism we bury the old man of sin and through the Holy Spirit we overcome the nature of sin. When we have overcome the old Adam (dust) nature of sin, then we no longer serve sin and become a living soul as our example, Jesus.
When Jesus received the Spirit on the banks of the Jordan, the Spirit immediately took Him to the wilderness to be tried.
"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." Luke 4:1
When Jesus was baptized with the Holy Ghost, the Spirit led Him to the place of testing.
"Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:2 & 3
Satan's first test. Jesus had fasted 40 days and forty nights. Satan said, "Turn the stones to bread." (food; lust of the flesh)
"And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it." Luke 4:5 & 6
Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth. (lust of the eye).
"And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee:" Luke 4:9 - 11
Satan said, "Cast yourself off the temple and God will preserve you." (Pride of life) Great Works! Man is forever bragging about the great works he has done in the name of God.
God needed a man that He could use who would not give into that old Adam nature (dust).
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
Jesus was tempted like we are, but He sinned not. He was tried as Adam, and sinned not. He is our example of overcoming the Adam nature.
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray: but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." I Peter 2:21 - 25
Jesus is our example. We should follow in His steps. Peter was speaking of Jesus' walk in the flesh, overcoming the old Adam nature, overcoming the world. Jesus said, "I have overcome the world."
". . . who did no sin. . ." I Peter 2:21. Sin was not found in His life. People are taught they must sin because they are only human. But Paul said in Romans,
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6
The old man, the old Adam nature, is crucified and the body of sin destroyed that we should not serve sin. The old Adam nature should have been destroyed at baptism. But it was not.
Many use their forgiveness of sin as an excuse to sin. This is how Israel used the sacrificial system under the law. They sinned because they could offer an innocent animal and have their sin covered. Today, many sin because they can receive forgiveness by confessing their sin before God. This is not destroying the old Adam nature, but rather, it feeds the old Adam nature.
"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." I Peter 2:24
Why are we not living in righteousness? Because the body of sin and the old Adam nature has not been destroyed nor overcome. The old Adam nature is a friend of the world. And that which is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
Many proclaim, "I could never be like Jesus." The Scriptures proclaim, "If you are not like Him, you will not see Him."
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." I John 3:1 - 3
Verse 2 begins with a question, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God?" Next, John makes a statement, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be." He follows that with an absolute fact, "We know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him."
Those who desire to see Jesus will only see Him if they are as He was in His earthly walk. We must rise above sin and overcome the tempter. If we allow the tempter in our life, then we are back in the garden, as Eve, listening to that which will separate us from God.
Jesus is our example of the first Adam that overcame sin and led a victorious life. When He came as the second Adam, He empowered us that we may have the power to overcome sin in our lives. We rise above sin by destroying the old Adam nature.
When Jesus came as a quickening Spirit,the second Adam, He was our example of that which was flesh becoming Spirit.
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:49 - 52
Paul wrote, "In a moment, a twinkling of an eye, this mortal flesh will put on immortality (Spirit). When this change takes place, we will, once again, be as Adam before sin. We will, at that time, become living souls. And no death will reign in our changed bodies.
When God told Adam He was dust, and to dust He would return, in the natural the application was concerning Adam's body, which was formed from the earth and would return to the earth, or dust state. But it also has a Spiritual application in that Adam was not a living soul until God breathed His Spirit into His nostrils.
At this time the Spirit gave Adam eternal life. But when Adam sinned, he lost eternal life and returned to dust, the Adam nature. He became sensual man, no longer living by the supply of God. He had to earn his living by the sweat of his face.
God also cursed the serpent.
"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, 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:" Genesis 3:14
God cursed the serpent because he allowed satan to use him. The serpent did not speak, but satan spoke through the serpent. The serpent was only the vessel that satan used. And because the serpent allowed satan to use him, God's curse was put upon him. He was to crawl on his belly. He would be the lowest of all God's creation. From that time forward, the serpent would be a symbol of satan. Many today become vessels for satan's use.
God told the serpent that he would eat or feed upon dust. Anyone familiar with snakes knows they do not eat dirt or dust. God in His infinite wisdom was revealing that satan would feed upon the old Adam nature as long as it existed. Adam returned to dust and he was satan's meat.
"The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat." Isaiah 65:25
Dust is the serpent's meat. The only way to keep satan from chewing on us is to get rid of the old Adam nature. Jesus was our example. He stated,
"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." John 14:30
The prince of this world had nothing in Jesus. There was no Adam nature in Jesus. When Adam sinned, first there was lust. Lust brought forth disobedience. Disobedience brought rebellion, and rebellion brought forth death.
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." James 1:14
When man is tempted, he is drawn away by his own lust. Satan is the tempter. But what does he tempt? He tempts the old Adam nature. Lust is not caused by satan. Lust comes from the old, lustful, Adam nature, (dust). Man's own lust entices him. The word entice means "to lure by bait, or be trapped." Satan may use many kinds of bait: drugs, alcohol, women, men, sports: the list is endless. All his bait appeals to the flesh.
"Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:15
When lust is conceived, it brings forth sin. The word conceived means "an impulse to lust." Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. Lust justifies disobedience, which fosters rebellion, which produces death. It is a process that was established in the garden and it is still in the earth today in those who refuse to deal with the old Adam nature.
When a comparison is made between the old Adam nature and dust, it is easy to see why God used dust to reveal the old Adam nature. Dust cannot be shaped, molded, nor controlled. Every little breeze blows it about.
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" Ephesians 4:14
The old Adam nature causes those to be blown about with every wind of doctrine. The old Adam nature is as dust, having no foundation.
"Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7
Ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth because they refuse the knowledge of the truth. They will only accept that which they can understand. Truth is not a block of knowledge. Truth is the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Truth will lead us into all truth. Those who are not able to come to the knowledge of the truth do not need to change churches. They need to change their relationship with God and come to the knowledge of the truth, the Holy Spirit of God.
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
Those who do not know the Spirit only have a form of godliness because they have denied the power. Paul revealed the power of God in his letter to the Corinthians.
"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." I Corinthians 1:24
Christ is the power of God and Christ is the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote, "Those who deny the power, from such turn away." Those who deny the power are still dust. They are still in their old Adam nature. These are children tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine having no foundation. They are still dust, still soulish. When we give in to the lust of the flesh we feed the old Adam nature. We are still in our garden of ignorance not knowing good and evil.
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Isaiah 26:19
Most would say that Isaiah was speaking of the resurrection of the dead. Isaiah was speaking to those who are asleep in the dust; asleep in the old Adam nature.
"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept." Matthew 25:5
While the bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept. God's people are so caught up in trying to please and appease the Adam nature that they are asleep as to what God is doing in their earth (flesh).
Isaiah proclaimed, "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust." God does not want us dwelling in the dust. He wants us to arise from the dust, and be seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah stated, "Thy dead body shall live." We were dead in sins. By the shed blood we are resurrected from the dead, and now we are to arise out of the dust nature and live unto God.
Paul prayed that our spirit, soul and body be preserved until the coming of the Lord, I Thessalonians 5:23.
God spoke, "My dead body shall they arise", Isaiah 26:19. It is time His body, the body of Christ arises out of the dust, the old Adam nature. When this happens, we will be singing the praises of our God. It is time to come out of the garden of our youth and grow up into the head which is Christ. We are the creation of God to bring glory back unto the earth.
The dust nature will never glorify God. it is only food for satan. When we overcome the old Adam nature, satan will starve to death. He has no place in us. It is time to awake and sing!
"What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?" Psalm 30:9
Shall the dust praise thee? The old Adam nature cannot praise God because it is carnal.
"For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust." Psalm 103:14
God knows we are still dealing with the carnal nature. God reveals how we are to deal with the old carnal nature?
"My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to Thy word." Psalm 119:25
It is only through the Word that the old carnal nature can be changed. Jesus spake to His disciples about their walk in Him.
"And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them." Luke 9:5
Feet represent our walk. Those who do not receive us or our words, their dust we are to shake off from our walk. Their old, carnal, Adam nature is not to effect our walk. We are to shake it off.
The Adam nature always pleases the flesh. The flesh is God's enemy. Jesus overcame the Adam nature. The Word says, "When He was reviled, He reviled not back, I Peter 2:23. What reviles back? The old Adam nature. We need to deal, today, with the old dust nature. We are to arise out of the dust. Isaiah, the prophet, spoke of the dust nature.
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money." Isaiah 52: 1 - 3
We are to arise from the dust and put on our beautiful garments. These are garments of praise, holiness and righteousness in Christ Jesus. We need to cease being serpent's food. Jesus said, "He has nothing in me." And he will have nothing in us, if we arise from the dust and be loosed from the hold the old Adam nature has on our life.
God hath redeemed us. Hath is past tense. It has already been finished. It is up to us, as individuals in Christ, to recognize that it is the old Adam nature that separates us from God. When we recognize that it is the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life that keeps us from wholly coming unto God, then we can "Arise from the dust and begin to sing the songs of Zion". Praise God!