While I was tempted to add this blog to the last one and end with thoughts on Adam, it was just too juicy and I have too much to say. In fact, a while back I wrote a book called What Every Woman Should Know. It was during my research for this book that I learned about what I am sharing with you today. I cover it at length in the book.
In my chapter In the Beginning, I speak about the most interesting revelation I had. Adam and Eve were made so differently. We know that Adam came from the dust and Eve came from the side of the man. This is why men and women like different things, I believe. Men like to get dirty. Women like to soak in a bubble bath. But there is another reason for this. Men were made outside the garden!
Life in Eden
Look at the text. In Genesis 2:8-21, we see the author expand on life in the garden. Moses tells us about how God planted a garden in Eden and placed Adam in the garden. God Himself made the plants grow and He planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. A great river flowed through Eden and split into four. We learn there was already knowledge of precious stones and gold.
In verse 16 God forbids Adam to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Here he gives Adam a choice to obey and follow Him after creating him with freewill. Then in verse 18 we read that God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Do you know what this means? Even hasn’t entered the picture yet. This means that Eve was made in the garden; Adam was not! Eve did not even receive the instruction from God forbidding them from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She heard it second-hand!
Adam Knows He Will Be a Father
If this insight isn’t extraordinary enough, I noticed, too, that Adam names all of the animals, but not Eve. Not yet! Also, read the words of Adam in verse 24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Some scholars believe that because Adam and Eve did not know they were naked, they hadn’t yet consummated. If that is true, if Adam and Eve were the first of humanity, how did they know about fathers and mothers and leaving them and joining to become one? Have you thought about it before?
In Adam’s walking in the garden with God, did God discuss about how he would one day be a father? Did Adam understand his sexuality? Did the animals breed during Adam’s time alone on earth and he learned about sexuality from his observations? Did Adam learn from watching the baby animals that he would one day have a son of his own who would grow and go off and start a family of his own? It is simply a mystery.
There are so many mysteries to discover if we slow our pace as we read God’s word. If we approach the Bible with an open mind, assuming nothing, we can learn a lot more. It also helps to try and place ourselves back into the time and culture of the day, and to not read our own culture into the Bible. All of these things together will multiply our learning. Along with that, if we ask God to reveal Himself to us through His word, He is eager to do so!
Watch this space…
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…