– Re: POOR ADAM
In Reply To
This might be of assistance for some.
God was here first and forever, created the earth, spoke the weather, seasons etc into existence, then formed, in His own image, the first man “of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living creature.”
Notice the time line.
1. Man was the dead form made of the dust in the image (the likeness) of God.
2. The breath of Life from the Supreme Being made man a living being
Man therefore is simply the book cover. The story is in the living creature.
And when the breath of life leaves the living creature, the book cover is all that is left and is put back into the dust. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
As an example, because it is vital to understand this point. A potter takes clay and forms the appearance of a cup, but it is not a cup that can be used until it is fired in the kiln and hardened. Man is the form, the Living breath is the ‘firing’ that brings the being into existence.
The first living creature was given the name of Adam. Adam means ‘man’ ‘mankind’. The earliest use in history is adamu, meaning ‘human’. It is the masculine form of the word adamah, which means ‘ground’ or ‘earth’.
So from Adam comes all mankind and human beings.
* The word human means belonging to mankind, having the qualities of a man, not being divine.
* A being has existence as a living creature.
So a human being is a contradiction in intent and indicates the duality of the gift of life and the finality of death. The man coming from nothing and returning to nothing.
* The man returns to the dust.
* The breath of the living being returns to the Creator.
The man comes from nothing owning nothing and returns to nothing taking nothing.
The created cannot rise above the Creator, nor does the created own anything that is not given him by the Creator.
Almighty God gave gifts to Adam. Not to man alone, but to the living being in his duality.
Gift 1: Life
Gift 2: Dominion over the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. Adam gave them all their names.
Gift 3: Every herb and tree that yielded seed on the face of the earth, and to the animals that had life – so the living being was to eat only that which had life too.
Gift 4: Eve
Eve was created from Adam’s rib. Eve means ‘living’, ‘enlivening’, because Eve was created from a living being, not from the dust. The name derives from the Hebrew word ‘to breathe’.
Therefore Eve holds both the DNA of the dust of the earth and the DNA of God. That gave her the creative ability to bear children in the image of the living being, who was created in the image of God.
So in the duality of their creation, they lived in the Garden of Paradise, with everything they needed, provided.
The garden had 2 trees in the centre. One was the Tree of Life. The other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
While ever they ate from the Tree of Life, life existed, life continued, flourished and was.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil held evil. That is any deviation from the rules of conduct prescribed to him by God.
When we deal in evil, we are sinning and the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
So death is the absence of Life, Life being the author and giver of extreme felicity!
Life is with and in God, death is without and outside God.
And because eating from that tree would give them the understanding, the knowledge, the awful enlightenment of being without God, they would see both side of the coin - good and bad.
* The Tree of Life was solely about all that was perfect and good, holding to the Breathe of Life, the Divine.
* The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil held to the dust of the earth, the humanness, the form only of man.
So God told the two not to eat of the wrong tree or they would die. “….but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.”
Now I have observed that every word in the Bible holds intent, so the meaning of surely is ‘certainly’, ‘infallibly’. ‘undoubtedly.’ No room for misunderstanding there.
God was telling them they would know a life without Him.
Along comes the serpent, a beast that crawls in the dust – in the stuff that formed the ‘man’ before he was given life. He twisted God’s words, as is common now, and said to Eve “You will not surely die.”
God, the Creator said ‘you will die’, the serpent, the created said ‘you will surely not die’. And the seed of knowledge was planted in Eve. She looked at the tree with greed and desire and plucked a fruit, ate and Adam ate too.
Immediately they knew the difference between good and evil, between living with and without God and were evicted from the garden out onto the earth to live and find their own food. They had broken their contract with God Almighty.
At that point Adam and Eve died to the eternal life in the garden – a cherubim was placed at the entry to the garden to prevent them getting back to the Tree of Life.
They now lived outside of God, allowed the breath of Life for an uncertain period of limited time on earth before their man forms returned to the dust.
The living man cannot be sovereign to the Creator – he does not exist in eternal life on this earth, but are in essence are only ‘dead men walking’ seeking to find the way back to the Tree of Life.
So the section of Ezekiel 33:15 “………..pay back what he has taken by robbery,….” simply means, you are robbing the Creator of that which He created – give it back.
What did God create? The man and the living being. You and I.
What did we steal? The man and the living being.
What does God want us to give back to Him? Ourselves.
Boris often refers people back to the who, why, how, when etc. What we are all trying to achieve is restoration to life.