The Broken Mold

            When I was growing up, my dad occasionally used an amusing saying about anybody who did something especially odd or out of the ordinary.  He’d say, “They broke the mold when the made him.”  Obviously, people aren’t poured into a standardized mold at a factory.  The idea was that the person spoken of was one of a kind, and there wouldn’t be any more like him now or in the future.

            Imagine my surprise and amusement when I heard a twisted variant of that saying a few years ago while watching a Disney cartoon with my kids.  Pete the gorilla said it about Goofy.  “They made you when they broke the mold.”  Instead of making Goofy, then breaking the mold, Goofy was supposedly made after the mold was broken.  In my opinion, this is one of the most profound things ever to be stated on a kids show.  Disney’s people meant to be perverse and clever.  As it happens, it’s proof that truth can come from some mighty strange places.

            To understand my point, let’s revisit Man’s creation and fall.  In the first part of Gen. 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  Verse 27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  It’s beyond the scope of my comments here to discuss exactly what it means to have been made in God’s image, but it’s a truly marvelous and wonderful thing that we were.  In a sense, it’s the mold from which we were made.

            Then came Man’s fall, when Adam and Eve yielded to temptation and disobeyed God.  Genesis 3:16-19  tells of the dire consequences that followed.  Both Adam and Eve and all their descendants would experience sorrow.  Women would experience pain in childbirth.  The ground was cursed with weeds and men would have to work hard for food and their very survival.  All of our sickness, cancer, physical handicaps, and death started right then and there.  Make no mistake about it.  The serpent told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4).  God kept His word that they would indeed die for their disobedience (Gen. 2:17) when He said, “For out of it (the ground) wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen. 3:19).

            What’s more, Man’s nature was corrupted as well.  The first murder takes place in Gen. 4.  Mankind became so thoroughly evil that God  brought about the Great Flood  to destroy what the world and its people had become (Gen 6-8).  Romans 1:18-32 catalogs Mankind’s evil deeds and describes fallen nature.  Rom. 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”  That beautiful mold was broken and all of us were made afterward.

            I’ve heard many preachers and teachers say God sent Christ to restore us to fellowship with God.  If something’s dead, how do you restore it?  There’s good reason Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3 that it’s necessary to be born again.  Before receiving Christ, you and I were spiritually dead, dead, dead! 

            What’s the remedy?  “But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).  “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemn; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Rom. 5:18).  “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).  When we’re with Christ someday, we’ll be remade from His holy Mold.

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