May 30, 2009

Genesis - "In the beginning" Part II

In our last post on Genesis we talked about how the sin of Adam had thrown everything out of balance. The world was no longer a temple as it was before. Man had literally fallen out of God's grace. He was now estranged from God though not entirely. God promises to send a redeemer to save man and defeat evil once and for all. (More on this in a later post.) Last but not least, man's relationship with man and with woman was forever transformed. Brother would fight against and kill brother. Marriage would no longer be predicated on love. Instead, the battle of the sexes had begun. This was not part of God's original plan but a consequence of original sin.

"In the beginning," Adam was charged with protecting the Garden and everything in it - including Eve. Man was supposed to tend the Garden, reap its fruits and defend it against the very evil he would succumb to. Adam was standing next to Eve as the snake tempted her. The idea that a "mere garden snake" tempted man away from God is very misleading. The Hebrew word translated as snake in the book of Genesis is the same word used to describe fearsome monsters in other parts of the Old Testament.

Adam was afraid. His first sin wasn't eating the fruit. It was failing to protect Eve.


Eric Ethridge said...

I love the Genesis series. Great work! I was wondering, what's your take on the view that the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden also constitutes the first act of faith? God started keeping his promises by sticking to his guns when Adam and Eve broke the rules.

Dumb Ox said...

Thank you Eric. Some theologians think, and I am in agreement with them, that Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden was a natural consequence of their sin. Adam failed to protect Eve, breaking the covenant he had with God. Exercising his free will, Adam rejects God’s love. God isn’t so much punishing man as pointing out the negative consequences of sin. You’re right in that God is always faithful to His covenants.

Carol said...

I love the fact that God in his saddness didn't just shut us down. But often think of Adam and Eve and wonder why he continued knowing we would let him down again. He surely is kind and loving.

Amanda said...

I'm with you Carol. The fact the Lord didn't destroy man but allowed him to flourish is proof He is loving