Adam and Eve
Written by Jay Yeager
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 02:03

Adam and Eve

(The beginning)

     Everything about Adam and Eve is unique. As far as humanity is concerned, they are the beginning:

The first man and the first woman

     All who believe the Bible is the inspired word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17), recognizes the attacks against the creation have come from many quarters. Each, in one way or another, seeks to diminish the Bible’s narrative of the beginning of all things.

     Did man evolve from an animal? No sir, man did not evolve from some lower life form. Now, I am not saying some people do not act like animals, for they do. Further, we should not be surprised that such is the case, for our society tells them that is exactly what they are.

     Folks, man did not evolve from anything. He was created by God! “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). What was Adam? The first man (I Corinthians 15:45), and Eve was not far behind. For God knew it was not good for man to be alone, so from the rib of Adam, God made woman (Genesis 2:18-23). The Bible says “For Adam was first formed then Eve” (I Timothy 2:13).

     Moreover, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). From the first pair, all human life would spring. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).

     “Are all descended from a common female ancestor?” (By Josh Clark). Mr. Clark states that in 1987 a group of geneticists published a study in the journal Nature. The researchers examined the Mitochondrial DNA taken from 147 people across all of today’s major racial groups. The geneticist concluded that every person on earth right now can trace his or her lineage back to a single common female ancestor who lived around 200,000 years ago, likely in Africa.

     The scientists named this common female ancestor “Mitochondrial Eve”. The study’s lead author Rebecca Cann called her colleagues and her choice of Eve as the name, “a playful misnomer”. A “misnomer” means a wrong name.  What do the scriptures say? “…Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). Rebecca Cann claims that she and her colleagues called her Eve, but it was just a “playful misnomer”. The finding of the study were undeniable, the rest is just an effort to explain away the significance of the findings.

     Adam and Eve were created from the beginning. “…Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4). “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6).

The first to enter the God given institution of marriage

     Adam and Eve, the first to enter the institution of marriage: “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave the names to all cattle, and to the foul of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;  And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:18-24).

     God, who instituted marriage, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. That has stood the test of time until this generation, our generation. Those of us who stand with the scriptures used to measure politicians by their stand on abortion. You could do so by asking a simple question, “Are you pro-life?” If they answer “yes”, it means they are against abortion, because abortion takes a life. For years that was the issue that drove many of us to the polls. It was never about money, not for me, not for us. It was moral issues that guided our vote.

     Now, in addition, we must ask politicians, “Are you pro-family?” If they answer “yes”, that means they are against homosexual and lesbian marriage, because same sex marriages do not constitute a family! And of course, you dare not ask a homosexual couple, “who plays the role of the woman”, or a lesbian couple, “who plays the role of the man”. They are offended by the question. They want the title of a family, while they adamantly deny what constitutes a family; namely, a man and a woman.

     God could have made anything he wanted from the rib of Adam, but he made a woman and brought her to Adam. The woman was made for the man (I Corinthians 11:8-9). That folks is natural, the way that God intended it to be!

     What about same sex? In language that is both plain and blunt God supplies the answer. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. A-men. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (not fitting A.S.V.) (Romans 1:24-28).

     This is a strongly worded indictment from God, those who are of a certain mindset he gave up. Through the lust of their own hearts, they dishonoured their own bodies. Then God reveals how they dishonoured their own bodies. Men with men, women with women. What happens when men lust for men, and women lust for women? It is vile affections. What does vile mean? Vile means, among other things: repulsive, disgusting, morally evil, degrading (Webster’s New World Dictionary).

     God said same sex was vile affection. Despite that, we have politicians who champion same sex marriage. Activist’s judges who cast aside the votes of the states that said “no thanks” to same sex marriage. Declaring it unconstitutional to deny same sex couples the right to say “I DO”. That flies in the face of the Almighty who said such unions are “vile affection”, against the very nature of the creation.  Adam and Eve, the first to enter the divinely given institution of marriage, forever defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and all the “I Do’s in the world won’t change that!

The first to hide from God

     The serpent, called the devil and Satan (Revelation 12:9), was there to tempt Eve with his subtilty (II Corinthians 11:3). Jesus would say this about the devil and those who (knowingly or unknowingly) serve him. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

     Hopefully, humanity has learned the devastation brought about with a single word. Certainly those who wish to alter God’s word have become apt pupils in the art of changing truth with the use of a single word!

     John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (K.J.V. as well as the A.S.V. 1901).

     The Jehovah Witnesses’ want to deny the Deity of Christ; claiming that Jesus was created, thus a (lesser) god. To their shame they had to come up with their own translation of the scriptures in an attempt (at least in part) to deceive the world concerning the nature of Christ. In the New World Translation, they write the Deity of Christ out of John 1:1. How? They add a single word, the word “a”, and then they make the upper case “God” into a lower case “god”. “In (the) beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god” (New World Translation). Friends, take a moment and read Isaiah 43:10, then Philippians 2:6; John 5:18; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:1-3.

    The New International Translation (N.I.V.) likewise tampers with Jesus. In the scriptures Jesus is spoken of in five different places as God’s “The Only Begotten Son” (John 1:14; 18; 3:16; 18; I John 4:9). The N.I.V. does not add a word; it removes one, the word “Begotten”, declaring that Jesus is God’s only Son. Thus robbing him of a distinction given to him alone, moreover, it is factually wrong. Jesus is not God’s only son

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I John 3:1).

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:17-18).

Well, Eve falls for the devil’s “not”. “But the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:3-4).

     “And when the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were open, and they knew that they were naked…” (Genesis 3:6-7).

     The lives of Adam and Eve took a tragic turn. Their innocence lost; the record says they were afraid. “And when they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).

     That is what sin does, it separates a person from God, makes one afraid. Adam and Eve attempt to hide, but you cannot hide from God (Psalms 139:7-12). “God calls to Adam and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9). It has been said many times and it is certainly true, God was not asking that question for his benefit, he knew where Adam was. It was for Adam’s benefit, “Adam, where are you?” Adam answers, “…I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” Genesis 3:10).

     “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). Beloved, we do not share in the guilt of Adam and Eve’s actions (Ezekiel 18:4; 20; Matthew 18:3), but there are consequences, sin and death came into the world.

The first to hear of a Savior

     When sin and death entered the world, so did man’s need for a Saviour. The first hint was subtle. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Adam and Eve were the first to hear of His coming!

     The promise would be channeled by God. Through the bloodline of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 22:18; 26:4; 28:14) the lineage would be traceable (Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38), protected by a law (Galatians 3:19), and preserved by the providence of God (Genesis 45:5; Esther 4:14). The Savour and King would come through the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Hebrews 7:14; Revelation 5:5), born of a woman (Galatians 4:4), a virgin would conceive and bring forth a Son (Isaiah 7:14).

     The King and the Saviour came into this world (Luke 1:30-33; 2:11), but not as one would expect. This is Emmanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). As Deity took human form (John 1:14; Philippians 2:7-8), the angels announced his birth (Luke 2:8-14), but it was not in a palace, but a stable. An unsanitary and smelly place is where the Son of God entered the world (Luke 2:4-7).

     Jesus Christ did not come demanding the very best of that which he himself had created (Colossians 1:16-17), he came to offer himself. The words of Jesus say it best, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

     Adam and Eve were the first to hear of a Saviour. The apostle John would write concerning the scope of his mission. “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (I John 4:14).

By Jay Yeager