Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. There was sin in the world before the law was given, but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses death ruled over all mankind, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam did when he disobeyed Godís command. Adam was a figure (type) of the one who was to come. (Rom.5:12-14 Good News)
Letís take a look at Adam, the first man, the man from whom every one of us came. He is the man who originally caused the fall of mankind. Adamís decision that day he accepted the forbidden fruit from Eve who was deceived by the enemy, is the reason why this world is in the terrible state it is. When he took the fruit and ate, that act in itself does not look so bad. However it was a small seed of disobedience, which has grown to such tremendous proportions of evil.
In no way do I want to excuse what Adam did. This article is not an attempt to justify his act of disobedience to YaHWeH. However I want to look at Adamís act from a different perspective. I want us for a moment to see him as the original Christ type, which he was.
The Bible tells us that Yahshua (Jesus) is the second Adam. It also tells us that: As by one manís (Adamís) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Yahshua) many shall be made righteous. (Rom 5:19)
Of our first parents the Bible says the following; For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1 Tim.2:13-14)
This is a scripture that our sisters do not like very much. If read out of context it sounds as if Eve was a lessor person than Adam. But thatís not so. For Eve was deceived. Adam was not, and he disobeyed Elohim (God) with open eyes. He knew what he was getting himself and the rest of humanity into when he decided to eat that fruit. He knew that the moment he bit into the flesh of that fruit, he would die spiritually. Eve on the other hand did not know that. She knew that the fruit was forbidden, but had no idea of the tremendously serious consequences the eating would result in. In other words, Adam had not taken up his responsibility as his wifeís protector, by teaching her what YaHWeH had told him.
When YaHWeH gave Adam his instructions with regard to the tending of the garden, and of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve was not present. She had as yet not been created. I believe that if she had been present the day when Adam was told about the two trees, she would not have been deceived by the serpent. I really believe that. Why? Because the help meet Elohim gave me, my precious wife of 35 years, has often been instrumental in stopping me from making wrong decisions based on my sinful desires. I think that had Eve known what Adam knew, she would not have picked the fruit in the first place, and the serpent would have had to confront Adam. Then very probably, Eve would have prevented him from eating Ė the way many Godly wives do today.
So ladies, donít feel bad. I think the above scripture puts the blame for mankindís predicament squarely at Adamís door. But Iím digressing. I want to look at Adam as the original Christ type, and see what we can learn from him about the second Adam, our wonderful Redeemer and Bridegroom, Yahshua.
I know how much I was (still am) in love with the wife the Lord gave me. When we were newly weds I could not bear the thought of ever losing her. It was inconceivable. I think that Adamís love for the precious gift YaHWeH gave him, was much more intense than the love we experience today. After all, she was literally part of him because she had been created from a rib over his heart.
When Adam realized that Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, he must have been in an absolute quandary. He knew that his precious wife had died spiritually. At that stage he was still spiritually aware. He still had discernment. Remember that he had not yet eaten of the fruit and died, he was still very much alive. The problem was, Eve was lost to him. It was already too late, she was gone. For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen.2:17)
Can you imagine what he must have gone through at that moment. We donít know how long it was before he made that irretrievable decision to join his wife. But from the moment it dawned on him that his beloved Eve had fallen, until the moment he took the fruit and ate, must have been absolute hell. The self-reproach, regret, contrition, grief, anguish and remorse must have churned his insides till he could bear it no longer.
Eve probably did not as yet understand what she had done. She must have been wondering what Adamís problem was. Remember, she was deceived Ė he wasnít. He knew exactly what the consequences would be for her now that she had eaten of that fruit. He couldnít bear it. He knew that he couldnít live without her, and now he would have to. UnlessÖ Yes, thatís what he would do. For the sake of his beloved, he would join her in her death. He would eat that fruit, and then throw himself upon YaHWeHís mercy.
Either YaHWeH would redeem them both, or they would be together in their eternal separation from Him. But to live with the knowledge that he had let his wife down was out of the question. It was totally unthinkable. The decision was made. Adam took the fruit from the outstretched hand of his beautiful wife, and before he could change his mind, bit into the flesh of that alluring fruitÖ and died. Tragic!
In my opinion Adam made the right choice. It was the only choice he could have made after Eve had been deceived. Of course he should never have allowed the deception to happen in the first place. He should have looked after his wife and warned her of the subtlety of the enemy. But he gave the enemy a foothold, and the only hope he had to redeem both of them, was to die with her and for her. That is exactly what he did. He died with his bride, and for his bride.
Isnít that exactly what our Redeemer Ė our heavenly bridegroom did. He had to make a decision one way or the other. It was a tremendously difficult decision. It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much He loves us Ė it was while we were still sinners that Messiah (Christ) died for us! (Rom.5:7-8 Good News)
It was also in a garden (Gethsemane) where Yahshua wrestled with the fact that He would have to eat the fruit of death, so to speak, if He wanted to redeem His bride. He literally sweated blood when He was agonizing over that decision. He even pleaded with the Father to make another plan if it was at all possible. It wasnít. He knew that if He wanted to save His bride there was only one choice, He would have to die. He would have to die with and for the bride He loved so greatly. He would have to drink the cup of that forbidden fruit to the dregs. (Luke 22:39-46)
For He (the Father) hath made Him (the Son), who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor.5:21)
What amazing grace! What amazing love! He made the right choice. He chose to conform to His Fatherís will. To me that is even more amazing. Yahshua made His decision based on His Fatherís will. It was our Father who had initiated this whole plan. It was He who loved us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His beloved Son. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son Ė (John 3:16)
How can we then not give ourselves to Him completely for so great a salvation?
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What a wonderful and touching article. We know that God did not condemn Adam, "Because sin is not imputed when there is no law." It is so refreshing to see such a beautiful and positive article written about Adam. Thank you so much!