People are fascinating.
It’s no surprise, then, that the stories of people are fascinating. However full and packed a series of biographies on an individual can be, we won’t know truly everything about that individual. It’s still nevertheless fascinating to explore what we can discover about the person.
One of those people who are fascinating is the person recorded in scripture to be the first person: Adam.
Now Adam overall, gets a pretty bad rap from folks these days. The reasons for that will be explored in a future entry.
For the bad rap he gets, though, it’s worth remembering that in essence we all come from him. Not only that, but exploring him a little further, it’s not all bad. Indeed, elements of what we were always supposed to be can be seen in him.
He was placed in a garden to work it – and as far as we know he did that. He was called to name the creatures – and he did that. He was presented with the one suitable for him and his response indicates someone who knew how to express himself with the sense of wonder and thanksgiving that’s an endearing aspect of the human condition. When his children were born they had the idea of the importance of relations with God, which would have been thanks to their Dad.
Likewise we see in Adam, God’s idea for what this creature was supposed to be. This was one who was to enjoy communion with his Creator and carry on with the work of enjoying creation. Here was the one who was supposed to exercise righteous dominion of what was around him and righteous submission to the Creator above Him whilst enjoying righteous relations with the woman beside him.
That was how things were supposed to be and that’s how things were thanks to the first Adam – the son of God. It would take the first Son of God to become the second Adam to return us to how things were supposed to be.
Which leads us to consider how things went wrong with Adam …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden