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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Adam

Adam came forth from the Creator’s hand perfect in every respect. His mind was clear and penetrating, his heart pure, and his muscles strong and quick to obey his will. Adam had a purpose and determination, yet was so gentle in his pursuits that a world was not too much to maintain. He represented God upon His throne, ordering the universe that surrounds Him. And as Adam looked upon the creation given him, researching and comprehending their every makeup, a common relationship began to dawn upon his mind—there was male and female.

Then he questioned God. Maybe it was his earnestness, maybe the look of innocence, maybe the appreciation of everything already prepared for him, that took such a hold on God’s heart. But when he intimated that Earth wasn’t perfect enough and he knew how to improve upon it, the Son of God agreed.

Adam fell into a deep sleep and a horrible darkness came upon him. If he wanted something, he must pay for it; All things by sacrifice. Out of his side, the Son removed a rib and formed the perfect life mate for Adam’s greatest happiness. Now the King of Earth was in perfect tune with his creation. Bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, the perfection of beauty, the joy of his whole heart, Eve was the epitome of all creation! Through discomfort he could enjoy his mate yet be in subjection to the law of Jehovah. Pleasure under control. All things by sacrifice.

After the transgression, the master of creation became its slave. Adam lost everything he had ruled. Creation turned against him. And what once his closest associate and the object of his warmest affection now was his enemy. Oh how his heart was broken on that first day of rebellion! And, oh the pain when he beheld that first dying flower and the first fight among the animals! He had been given another lease on life, but all things by sacrifice. He turned from his Creator—his Creator must turn from him. He must taste something of what his disloyalty had done to God; he must die without seeing the redemption of his kingdom.

In his banishment, he lived another 930 years, surrounded by a rebellious animal kingdom. He saw murder, theft, polygamy, unfaithfulness, dishonor, a world of men made in his image, devoid of an understanding heart. So dead was Adam to hope that the iniquity of his children went unrestrained, it was not until Enos was born to Seth that the voice of revival was reclaimed and men began again to call upon the name of the Lord. Gen. 4:26. If Adam had not been given the perfect body that he had, he could not have endured the pressing burden so many years. His life mate, for whose love he had given up paradise, had already passed, and he must move on through the remainder of life to face the insolence and accusation as progenitor of all misery in the world. By the time he laid his tired head down, he had had enough of his transgression and gave up the ghost.

“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou mayest not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die….And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.”

2 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Davis said...

David,
I am not so sure about Adam "sacrificing" to get Eve. I always understood that in just the common given sense. I thought God gave Adam Eve, but lest Eve become to conceited over being the last and best of the creation (it was created in hierarchal order)he took the rib of Adam and made Eve. At any rate, I never looked at suffering being there before and am not sure the context suggests it.
More of interest to me is thinking about Adam watching the first flower die, as you said. If time started marching on during that period, which is one legit interpretation, then indeed Adam must have seen the effect of his sin. I have never thought of that before. Thanks for the thought.
If time did start at that second, then Adam surely died in that day, finding the spirit dominated by dying flesh, even though as you said it took 930 years for the flesh to die.
Pat

2/15/2006 4:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hi Pat,
I could have been clearer. When I mentioned the first dying flower and animals, I didn't mean in the garden. Of course we don't know how long before the effects of sin were seen in nature, but I'm sure it was devastating whenerver it happened. The responsibility layed heavily on Adam's shoulders. He must taste something of what the great Creator was going through and would continue to do so long after Adam passed on.

Concerning the "sacrifice" of his rib to obtain what he desired as an improvement on all that God had already made perfect, it may not have been painful afterward. But even if it were, I can't help but think that Adam was of the condition to take any amount of pain, due to his perfect body, his open and constant communion with God and by the wonderful surroundings, not to mention the tree of life, that were the gift of his Maker. Remember Moses up on Sinai for 40 days without a picnic basket? Communion with God can do some amazing things.

Does that fit your understanding? What do you think?

2/16/2006 8:47 AM  

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