Genesis: Adam & Eve

The previous blog was about how God is a God of order and a provider. This was demonstrated in the Days of Creation. This post is about how God provided for Adam and Eve in Genesis 3.

Results of the First Sin

Genesis 3:7–10,21 (NIV)
7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and He clothed them.

An innocent animal had to die to make their covering. Man’s covering is temporary–God’s covering (the Messiah) is permanent but there are consequences for our sins.

God’s Covering

Here is another example of God’s covering. Picture the scene in the movie “Ten Commandments” when the cloud moved from house to house killing the first-born of the household.

Exodus 12:13 (KJV)
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Most people think of the cloud skipping or passing by houses where blood was put on the door posts. Let’s look at this more closely. The authors Ceil and Moshe Rosen on page 22 in their book, Christ in the Passover, suggest “pass over” has a deeper meaning here than the idea of stepping or leaping over something to avoid contact. It is not the common Hebrew verb, a-bhar or gabhar, which is frequently used in that sense. The word used here is פָּסַח (pāsaḥ), from which comes the noun “pesaḥ”, which is translated Passover. These words have no connection with any other Hebrew word. Because these words use the letters P•S•H, they resemble the Egyptian word “pesh”, which means “to spread wings over.”

Some references to “wings” in the Old Testament:

Exodus 19:4
You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
Deuteronomy 32:11
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.
Psalms 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge. in the shadow of your wings.

There is a story of a fireman combing the woods for hot spots after a forest fire. He comes across a bird burnt to death. He kicks over the mamma bird to find live baby birds under her wings. Now take this picture to the day of Passover. The LORD’s Passover means such sheltering and protection as found over the outstretched wings of the Almighty. The Almighty standing at the blood stain door sheltering and protecting His children.

Isaiah 31:5
As birds flying, so will the LORD of Hosts defend Jerusalem: defending also He will deliver it passing over He will preserve it.”

This gives new meaning to the words, “O Jerusalem! Jerusalem!…How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings?” (Luke 13:34)

Look back to Genesis 3:21 to the picture of God spreading His wings over Adam and Eve. Now picture God spreading His wings over our sins through His only son, Jesus. There is forgiveness for our sins because Jesus died, once and for all, on the cross. But, there are still consequences to our actions.

Genesis 3:23 (NIV)
So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he has been taken.

Again an innocent had to die to cover sin. There are scars and consequences in our lives but we have an advocate (Jesus) pleading our case to His Father. The Almighty wants to gather you under His sheltering wings.

Next time, we will pick up at Genesis 3:23.

God’s ultimate plan is to provide a permanent covering for our Sin.

The Seed of a Woman

The fall of Adam due to disobeying God must had been a big blow to his self esteem. But, God gave him a promise. Jack Kelly of explains this quite well in his post “Messianic Prophecy In The Old Testament”:

the time after their sin and expulsion from the Garden Adam and Eve must have felt incredible despair. They had experienced life both before and after the curse, the only ones to do so, and had first hand knowledge of the difference. And what a difference it was. Even the part of it we can relate to had to have been devastating.

For example suppose that one day you were the resident manager of the world’s richest and most luxurious estate, with all of its comforts and privileges, and the next you were a poor hardscrabble farmer, at the opposite end of the economic and social spectrum. And that was just the beginning. How about no longer being immortal, no longer one with your Creator in spirit.

The Seed Of The Woman
To keep them from becoming incurably despondent, God had promised them a redeemer. In Genesis 3:15 we read,

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (seed) and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

He was speaking to the one indwelling the serpent and in Hebrew the promise contains a biological impossibility. Seed comes from the male. It’s the Bible’s first hint of a virgin birth. An offspring of the woman’s would destroy Satan and reverse the consequences of the act he had manipulated, redeeming mankind from its bondage to sin.

It’s a prophecy that God Himself would come to Earth as the Seed of the Woman, and man’s redeemer.

The Salvation Plan in Genesis 5

Genesis 5, dubbed “the Gospel” explains from the beginning of God’s redemption.

Name meanings:

  1. Adam: man
  2. Seth: appointed
  3. Enoch (Seth’s 1st son): mortal
  4. Kenan: sorrow
  5. Mahalel: the Blessed God
  6. Jared: shall come down
  7. Enoch: teaching
  8. Methuselah: the death shall bring
  9. Lamech: despairing
  10. Noah: rest and comfort

Put all together, the names read:

Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the Blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing rest and comfort.

Until then,
שָׁלוֹם (Shalom!)