Sunday, March 05, 2006

thoughts on Adam & Eve

We took a look at the story of Adam and Eve in some of our adults classes here at MoSt Church this morning. Following are three random observations on Adam and Eve I don't want you to miss. They deal with three huge parts of life: your job, your outlook on life and your impact on your children and their descendants.

First, your job. Contrary to the understanding of some, God's punishment of Adam was not work (Genesis 3:17-19). God had given Adam a job long before the fall (Genesis 2:15). Now your job may not be a bit of paradise exactly, but you can still work at it to the glory of God.

Second, your outlook on life. Adam and Eve had to be people of faith. After all, right after defying God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and having been punished for it (not the least of which was entering a hard world and being banished from paradise), the first thing Adam did was say, "Hey honey, let's have a bunch of kids!" (Genesis 3:20) [The ladies are thinking: "Sounds just like a guy!] So perhaps this is the first miracle after the fall because Eve said, "Okay" to the idea (Genesis 5:4)

Third, your influence on your children and grandchildren. Adam lived a total of 930 years (Genesis 5:5). He played the role of "the fall guy" long before he turned 130, because at 130 he had fathered his third son, Seth (Genesis 5:3). Adam became a grandfather at age 235 at the birth of Seth's son, Enosh (Genesis 4:26; 5:6). The Scripture says "At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord." (Genesis 4:26b) I like to think that grandpa had something to do with that because of the lessons he learned through the fall and God's work with him following. And for that matter, maybe it was gggg-grandfather Adam (who was not all that far past mid-life at the time - Genesis 5:3-24) who had a hand in influencing Enoch to become the man that he was, a man who "walked with God." (Genesis 5:24) Just because some of your past has 'failure' written on doesn't mean your future can experience no success. It's learning from our sins that enables us to be all the more of a blessing to those who watch us and who come after us.