"Death reigned from Adam to Moses..."
Text: Romans 5:14
THE REIGN OF DEATH
Paul picked his words carefully as he described sin. His words painted a grim but true picture of the power of sin.
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who had not sinned according
to the likeness of the transgression of Adam,
who is a type of Him who was to come.”
1. Death may be compared to a ruler
The word “reigned” comes from a Greek word that describes a ruler or a king reigning over his subjects!
2. From Adam to Moses
Paul was picking up this period of time as his focus. This was the pre-Mosaic law period.
3. Those who had not sinned according to the likeness of… Adam
A number of people may be cited. They would include:-
a) Enoch who was famed for his close walk with God (Genesis 5:24)
b) Methuselah who was famed for his great age (Genesis 5:27)
c) Noah who found special grace with God (Genesis 6-8)
Others could also be named. But these cited would be sufficient to prove the point.