“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
Adam drew a breath and opened his eyes in the Presence of His Glorious Creator. He was – born of the dust, born of the spirit – formed with great precision and care, in the image of God. A man of two different worlds. Thus the beginning of mankind.
God planted a garden of pristine beauty and provision. And there He put Adam to cultivate and keep it. Everything within was for his pleasure and sustenance. Except for one tree – “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” which was prohibited. In fact, God declared, “in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die” Gen. 2:17.
Then God observed, “It is not good for man to be alone” Gen. 2:18. He determined to make a helper suitable to him. God brought the beasts of the field and birds of the air to see what Adam would call them. God and man worked together – but still no helper comparable to Adam. So as he slept, God took a rib from his side, built a woman, and brought her to him. God blessed them, told them to be fruitful, to multiply and have dominion over every living thing.
In one of the great pivotal moments of Biblical history, Adam and his wife (not yet named in the story) ate the fruit of the tree which they were forbidden. Did Adam so quickly forget God’s command? He did not seem to hesitate when she offered it to him. And only after he ate the fruit – Scripture says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked…and made themselves coverings” Gen. 3:7. Their conscience awakened – guilt and shame!
Soon, they heard the sound of God walking in the garden and in fear, they hid themselves.
“Where are you?” Gen. 3:9. God called to Adam! Adam confessed he was afraid, and the truth came out. “Have you eaten from the tree..?” Gen. 3:11. Adam immediately blamed the woman whom God gave him, the woman blamed the serpent and everyone was in trouble! Life on earth would never be the same! God cursed the serpent, and promised the Seed of the woman would one day defeat him. The woman was punished, and then to Adam, “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life…in the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground” Gen. 3:17,19.
Adam then gave his wife the name Eve – the mother of all living. God in His Mercy made tunics of skin and clothed them – the first blood sacrifice on behalf of man’s sin. Then God in His final act of judgment, holding true to His word, “in the day you eat it, you shall surely die,” drove them, (expelled) from the Garden of Eden and His Presence! Now all mankind would experience the bitter sting of sin and physical death. Adam must have felt a deep barrenness in his soul as he was shut out by his Creator.
Genesis, Chapter 4 – The story of Adam’s two sons, Cain and Abel. We witness them bring offerings to the Lord. Abel’s was accepted and Cain’s was not. Cain in jealousy killed his brother and God cursed him to be a fugitive and vagabond in the earth. Adam is not mentioned in their specific story, and yet it bears the repercussions of his sin in the garden. We may assume Adam and Eve as parents were heartbroken and wrecked with guilt.
Genesis 4:25, Adam had another son, and Eve declared, “God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel whom Cain killed.” They called him Seth. Seth grew and had a son whom he called Enosh. The Bible says after his birth, “Then men began to call on the name of the Lord” Gen. 4:26. Literally to praise God publicly and to call upon His name aloud. Adam lived another 800 years according to Scripture after the birth of Seth and had more sons and daughters. Adam lived to see the dawn of the Gospel Day!
Adam had an extraordinary relationship with God as the first created man. He was born trusting His Creator and learned the price for disobedience. Throughout his generations he would have taught of this Great God and the humility he learned. He understood, “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23 and “Our hope of glory” Colossians 1:27. Adam brought sin, and thus death to us all and yet from his genealogy came the promise of our Blessed Redeemer!