Archive for the ‘Adam’ Category

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” – Genesis 3:6

This story isn’t about the fruit (it could have been any forbidden thing) and it wasn’t about the woman (the man was right there watching in silence); the point of the story is about control.

The desire for control over their lives and destiny brought misery through poor choices and unseen consequences — just as it does today.

It takes human acts of yielding control to undo the damage. Christ yielded control, obtaining by the “fruit” (results) of the “tree” of the cross what was lost by the fruit of the tree in the garden. We yield control by taking our desires, ever so strong, and submitting them to God and his word, trusting he has our best interest at heart.

Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for coming to earth, putting on humanity, and dying on the “tree” of Calvary so I can put on Christ and live in your kingdom now and always. Amen

Sound Bite: “Jesus, put on humanity and lived here so I can put on Christ and live there.1

— fritz@langgang.com
1 – Galatians 3:27, Romans 13:14

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For Adam was first formed, then Eve … the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. – 1st Timothy 2:13-15

The Bible has passages that are an enigma and people take them to create whole teachings that have no connection to what we know of God’s character. This is one such verse.

Careless people think the Bible, or at least Paul, says women have salvation only by having children. If that was the case, why would Paul recommend Christ’s followers, both men and women, remain single if they morally could (1st Corinthians 7:28)? Either Paul was schizophrenic or we are misunderstanding something. Some things are lost in translation from one language to another.

I think the key to this verse is noticing the “she” and the “they”. In context “she” refers to Eve not to all women. “They” refers to Eve’s offspring, you and me.

The Bible indicates Adam, who just stood there watching to see what would happen, and Eve, who was tricked into transgression because she was not yet created when God’s prohibition was given (for her it was hear-say), brought great hardship to God’s perfect world. But God chose to use Eve to restore that creation through her offspring, Christ, and to bring about that salvation as women,  and men, of faith live holy and redeemed lives.

I think that is closer to what Paul was saying.

– fritz

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And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. – Genesis 2:18

God gave the “Good” pronouncement on everything he created except one – Adam’s aloneness.

Adam was good but his being alone wasn’t, so God made man into a community1 – first with a partner, then through that partner a family.

Some like being alone – no one to be hassled or disappointed with, no one to get in the way or make you wait, no one to limit your freedom or to say, “No!”; but that’s not God’s way.

God has always been a community (in his case – Father, Son, Spirit) and community is his intent for us.  He makes a place, in the Community of faith, for everyone who will accept Christ, if we will but coöperate and choose his way over our own.

God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. – Psalm 68:6

– fritz

1 – Genesis 1:27

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