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‘Adam, what were you thinking?’ E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:02

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MY PERSPECTIVE, Gary Damron



A familiar story from Genesis 2 starts with only one character, who lived in a perfect environment with only one prohibition. God, had pronounced, “It is good” after each stage of creation, but then he looked at Adam and said, “‘It is not good for the man to be alone’” (Genesis 2:18). He provided Eve, created expressly for companionship and help to Adam. 

The writer tells us the serpent was “more crafty than any beast of the field” (Genesis 3:1). It’s true it was the woman who took the first bite of fruit, but after a long discussion with the serpent which began her temptation. 

Being a man, I’d like to think that Adam reasoned everything out and made an informed decision.  However, the account of Adam’s sin was simply that after Eve took a bite, “she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6). Adam corroborated that later when he excused himself to God. “‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate’” (Genesis 3:12). 

Each one of us faces temptation. Some like Flip Wilson make light of it – “the devil made me do it.” Others struggle for years with addictions or obsessions. In heaven, maybe we can interview the first human and question him: Adam, you had a perfect garden, a good wife - you had it all. So why did you eat from that tree? Lest we become self-righteous, each of us can look back on occasions and say like Dierks Bentley in a country song, “What was I thinkin’?” 

Immediately after eating the forbidden fruit, the two humans did realize the difference between right and wrong, their eyes were opened to their own nakedness (sinful imperfections), and they tried sewing clothing to cover themselves. They suddenly saw God who was good and they who weren’t. Is it possible that some people even today go to church, sing, serve, or find other ways to cover the fact that they’re guilty in the presence of a holy God. 

As we know, there are consequences for sin. But God accepts us from the point we confess our failings and leads us forward. From the beginning he’s had a plan for redemption. After Adam and Eve’s fall, God said to the serpent, “‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel’” (Genesis 3:15). 

It’s common in history to refer to Abraham for the messianic promises. Israelites since the time of David had been waiting with anticipation for a baby who would be born and grow up to deliver their nation. Peter was the first disciple to recognize Jesus as the Christ (Mark 8:27-29). Paul later spelled out exactly the meaning of the Genesis account. “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as referring to many, but rather to one, ‘And to your seed,’ that is, Christ” (Galatians 3:16). This is the same seed promised in Genesis 3. When the Holy Spirit of God entered Mary the Virgin, the promise was fulfilled, and our savior was born. 

As we said last week, Christ is not Jesus’ last name, but a term meaning the Anointed One, the King, the Messiah, our Lord. The messianic promise can be traced beyond Abraham, even to Adam and Eve. When Jesus came to earth, he was victorious over Satan in the desert and after death on the cross. He crushes the head of the serpent, and is victorious today in the lives of his followers. Thankfully God was thinking, even when Adam wasn’t. 

 

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