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Friday, January 23, 2009

And God Called Their Name Adam

Lesson Eight

“Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (KJV).
We have been reviewing this one verse for some time now, but this is what Bible study is all about. We want to get the most from our efforts. I want to show you something I discovered a while back.
Genesis 1:27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Now we’re not going to come to the creation of Eve for quite some time. I know most people assume that Eve arrives on the scene when they read this verse and at this time in history; but that’s not what this verse is saying. The verse that woke me up to this fact awhile ago is this one.
Turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter five.
What I try to get folks to do as they read and study their Bible is to analyze every single word. When you do that, things will start popping up at you. If you just read your Bible (to be reading it) you’ll miss 80% of it. But sometime ago I saw this verse for the first time and I just said, “What in the world…?”
Genesis 5:1-2 – This is the book of the generations of Adam (This is a re-cap or a summarization). In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2: He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them man in the day when they were created.
(Remember from lesson six the Hebrew word for man is Adam)
Notice what the Bible does not say. It does not say they were created Adam and Eve now does it? God did not call them “Adam and Eve”. God did not even call them “man and woman.” But God blessed them and called their name “Adam.”
“male and female He created them”
What is this verse telling us?
When God created Man (Hebrew for Man is Adam), within Adam were both the male and the female cell makeup. To put it another way, within Adam were the progenitors of the female. (Progenitor = the originator of or original model for something),
Now I know I have just introduced something to you from Scripture that you may have never heard of before. As we continue this Bible study, there will probably be a few more subjects that come into view that you have never heard of before or perhaps never considered before while you were just “reading your Bible.” There is a big difference between just reading your Bible and actually studying it.
As I mentioned from the onset, this is an in-depth Bible study. Meaning: we are going to take our time; we are going to examine and explore not only the book of Genesis but other important topics related to our Christian life, our Christian walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will come to KNOW WHAT WE BELIEVE!
Step number one in this process is admitting that the Bible is the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3: 16 – All (this means from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21) is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17: so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
If you do not believe that the Bible is true from cover to cover, then my friend you have a problem!
Having said that, the subject of our lesson tonight and as mentioned earlier is that within Adam, when he was created, was the cell make up of the female who would come on the scene at a later time.
Is this topic important concerning our salvation? No. Does discussing this topic make a Bible study interesting? I believe it does. And that has been my goal from the onset. I aim to present to you a Bible study such as you have never encountered before. Why? I’m glad you asked.
I have attended many Bible studies in churches and in private homes. If we scheduled an hour for the study, you could be sure that 50% or more of that time would be spent listening to others in the group who had prayer requests about a family member or co-worker, or someone would dominate the conversation with chit-chat about almost any thing.
I have even sat and listened for 20 minutes to someone recite for the group their vacation experience. Friends, this is not Bible study. If you are only putting your eyes on Scripture for ten minutes or less, what you need to think about doing is renaming your event a fellowship gathering. It is not a Bible study.
Now I am not against fellowship gatherings and prayer; so don’t misunderstand what I am saying to you. Believers coming together for prayer and fellowship are important and the Bible is clear on this. However, what you should do is plan these activities prior to the Bible study or perhaps right after the Bible study. I believe a Bible study should be informative and fun. This is how I have always approached it and this is my style, if you will.
Should I bring up a topic from Scripture that you don’t agree with, please know this is o.k. It is alright to disagree with me except on the subject of church doctrine and those truths that relate to our salvation. There is no flexibility there.
However, subjects such as the one we are covering tonight make Bible study interesting. If this shocks some of you into opening your Bibles and studying Scripture, then I have achieved one of my goals. I have said from the beginning don’t just sit there and listen to what I have to say. Instead pick up your Bible, open it up, and study it on your own.
Furthermore, don’t just walk into a church building, sit down in your favorite pew, and accept everything that person speaking has to offer. The Bible makes it so very clear. We Christians are responsible for knowing what is in this book. It’s your responsibility to know if someone is teaching you falsely. How are you going to know, if you don’t bother to learn what does the Bible say?
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and please use the free tools I have been telling you about at Crosswalk.com.
That’s enough of that. Let’s get back to Adam in the Garden.
Please turn with me to Genesis chapter two.
Genesis 2:18 – “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will (Notice the word “will” is a future tense verb. God is going to tend to this sometime later on.) make him a help meet for him.” (KJV)
Again the phrase “help meet” is someone that would be called along side to help.
Next verse: Genesis 2:19 – Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called the living creature, that was its name.
Genesis 2:20 – The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
Adam has already had all the created beings, the animals and so forth, brought before him so that he could name them. Now if you don’t think that took some intelligence, I’d like to know what did. And so many of the species, as we still know them today, their original name goes all the way back to Adam and this event. Now let’s look at it. Adam is still alone. Adam has not received a “help meet” yet. (KJV). (The word “help mete” translated in English is the word complement).
Now focus on the timing here. Adam has already been on the scene long enough and the animal creatures have come to a maturity of sorts. I don’t think they necessarily had to be created as mature creatures; of course it is possible they were, but the Bible does not say. But now God is bringing them all before Adam so that he can name them.
Now allow some common sense to enter into your Bible study when appropriate.
Just like it happened at the time of the world wide flood, God brought all those animals to Noah two by two; and I believe the same thing happened here when Adam was naming these creatures. God brought them to him two by two.
At this time, Adam notices that There is no other creature like him on earth.
Adam must have experienced a deep sadness and perhaps he felt lonely for the very first time. Please remember when God created Adam He made Adam with those invisible entities we’ve discussed. One of which were the emotions.
It is certainly probable that Adam experienced a wide range of emotions once he became aware he was alone. Now let God be God. Do you think God forgot to add one little thing to His creation? No way! Remember from Genesis, chapter one, we discovered the word Barah meant “perfect creation.” This is informing us that nothing more needed to be added to what God had already accomplished. In addition, we learn on day six, after God had completed the creation event, God stated “it was very good.”
Always remember God has a plan, and He reveals it to His creation in His time and in His way. God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
Getting back to Adam and his predicament, I think this situation touched the very heart of God because of what He says in Genesis 2:18: “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Adam has been created body, soul, and spirit, a three-part entity or trinity of a sort. And within that trinity there is another trinity of sorts in the mind, the will, and the emotions. Adam’s spirit is in complete fellowship with his Creator (God). Adam is a perfect creation.
Soon we’re going to look at why Adam had to contain the cell make up of both the male and the female, and we’ll have all the Scriptural answers for this.
Now whenever we begin to deliberate about something in the Old Testament and the book of Genesis in particular, often you can go to the New Testament and find the answer. Let’s start at Romans 5:12a.
Romans 5:12a – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin.
I know you have seen this Bible verse before, but did you ever stop to realize what it does not say? It does not say “that by two people sin entered the world.” It does not say by “Adam and Eve sin entered the world.”
And even though Eve ate of the forbidden fruit first, as recorded for us in the Bible, the Bible never places the blame for it on Eve.
But rather the New Testament tells us that all the blame is on Adam. Adam brought sin and death into the world and onto the whole human race past, present, and future.
Why did God place within Adam the cell makeup of the female?
Adam had to be created with both the male and the female progenitor within him. The reason I take this approach is that when salvation comes by virtue of the Savior, according to God’s plan of redemption, it is not just limited to the male of the species but everyone comes under that plan of redemption both the male and the female. Otherwise God would have had to provide a separate Savior for the female of the species rather than just one Savior for all.
Turn to 2 Corinthians 5 and we’ll begin at verse 15.
2 COR 5:14 – and He (Jesus Christ) died for (how many?) all (Men and Women, boy and girl)…
I like to use this analogy to help you understand. We have no emphasis in Scripture of angels having an opportunity for salvation. Scripture outlines for us in various places that angels do exist and at one time (back in eternity past) angels rebelled against God. If an angel rebels, if an angel falls, he’s done. There is no plan of redemption for angels in Scripture. The reason for that is this: every angel is a specific creation.
In other words, if God was going to provide a plan of redemption for the angels, He would have to have as many Saviors, or as many Redeemers, as He has angels. Now that would be ridiculous.
Bring that thought right on down into the human realm.
Eve had to be in Adam from the very beginning, so that Adam could be the head of the human race. The Federal Head is the title we use. Adam is the Federal Head of the whole human race, both men and women. Consequently, God only had to provide One Redeemer.

Come back and let’s pick up the creation of the Woman.
Turn to Genesis, chapter 2 to pick up the appearance of the woman. She won’t be called Eve until after the fall (or the act of disobedience), she is only referred to here as the woman.
God knew that Adam would require a suitable helper. See Genesis 2:18.
Genesis 2:21-22 – So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, (This is the first instance of anesthesia, isn’t it? So God put Adam to sleep and is going to perform some surgery on him) and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22: The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
I like to take the Scripture as logically as we possibly can. I know that we take it by faith, but I don’t want anybody to come up and say you can’t take Scripture logically. I think a lot of times you can. There is so much pure science in Scripture that most people miss altogether.
The word translated "rib" in the Hebrew is the word "Tsela" (pronounced tsay-law') and I think some 19 times the Hebrew word Tsela, which is here referred to as rib, is translated "side chamber" especially when it made reference to the Ark in Genesis. The "side chamber" is the word Tsela because they all come out of the same root word.
Now if you will read it with me in that light. Let’s re-read it and look at it that way.
Genesis 2:21-22 - So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs (a side chamber) and closed up the flesh at that place. 22: The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib (the side chamber) which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
This may be stretching the point a little bit for some of you, but I put these things out just to help people contemplate and study a little bit more and take this whole Bible leaning experience into perspective. Hopefully, you’ll do that.
What does it matter if Eve was IN Adam prior to the woman’s creation?
The reason we are doing this is to understand the plan of redemption, that it is just as much appropriate for the woman as it is for the man. The woman’s fall was not precipitated by Eve’s eating of the fruit. Never! It was Adam who ate and the whole human race fell! Eve was part of the fall from Grace because she came out of Adam. Just as you and I came from our parents; and so on and so forth right on down the line. Eve came from Adam.
Let me show you something else that’s interesting. Turn to Luke chapter 3 in the New Testament and drop in at verse 23. Most are in agreement that this is the genealogy of Mary and not of Joseph.
We are not going to read all the way through the entire family tree; but I just want you to go to the end of the genealogy tree in Luke chapter 3, and then in verse 38. We started, of course, up there at the time of Mary, herself at the very birth of Christ and have come all the way down that family tree to verse 38, where it says Cainan up there in verse 37:
Luke 3:38 – …the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, (not Adam and Eve but the son of Adam) the son of God.
Now where is Eve? Well, she is in Adam. Again I think it makes it so clear that Eve as a part of the human race was already in Adam when Adam was created.
I like to just throw this out to you in order to make you think about these things. If God simply took a rib from Adam, what would that do to the man? Well, it would leave him one rib short. And believe it or not, I have had people ask me whether men have one less rib than a woman. Well, of course not! God didn’t take one rib from Adam and make out of that rib a woman.
God took the reproductive segment of the woman, we call that the gonad (an organ that produces reproductive cells gametes, e.g. a testis or an ovary) or the germ plasma. God took that reproductive part which was located in a “side chamber” in Adam. And if you think that is preposterous, there are still some creatures in the animal kingdom today that are bisexual (describes something such as a flower that has both male and female reproductive organs) especially among insects.
Some of the very early Rabbi’s, (who where certainly students of the Old Testament) held the belief that Adam was indeed bisexual. (Meaning: Adam had both the male and female reproductive organs).
Just follow this thought logically, because you see the whole reproductive process of not only the human race but of all of God’s creation is based on those reproductive organs. And REPRODUCTION is the very heart of all creation.
Genesis 2:28 – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;
Turn back to the book of Genesis with me.
Look at Genesis chapter 2 verse 23.
Genesis 2:23 – The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man. (What’s the word? Out! See, she was taken out of the man.)
And God took the Woman out of the Man. What I want to emphasize from this is that all of this points to the fact that Eve was IN Adam. When Adam sinned, the female of the species came under the condemnation just a much as the man.
Now for verse 24.
Genesis 2:24 – For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become (what’s the word?) one flesh.
We have lost that concept. And I think it is so unfortunate that we humans have lost sight of what God originally intended. But, if you will, take a look at the word here "cleave" used in the King James Bible. The Hebrew word translated is Dabaq (pronounced daw-bak’) and it means “to cling or to stay with.” The word here in the Hebrew means that once a man and a woman come together in marriage, they should never be able to be separated without causing irreparable damage. Isn’t that what divorce does?

I don’t envy people going through divorce. I empathize with them. I have experienced divorce myself; so I have some thoughts and concerns on the subject. Looking back on this negative event in my life, I have to agree with God on this issue. Divorce should never be an option between two married Christians. But you see this is exactly what God had in mind that when man and woman came together and became one flesh, to tear them apart would be doing irreparable damage. So God puts it out there for all to see "they shall be one flesh".
Now, I like that next verse. Adam and Eve were so perfect. They were so sinless and even in their naked state, they were perfectly comfortable in God’s presence. That just shows how pure their very mind make up was.
Genesis 2:25 - "And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed."
They were beautiful people and they had everything going for them. Now again if you will remember a lesson or two ago, we spoke of that perfect climate which existed at the time of creation. There was no real intense heat, and no intense cold. It was pole to pole a perfect climate. Everything was ideal.
It was to have been a beautiful earth. Far more land area than what we have on the earth tonight. Do you realize that our present planet is just about 80% water. Something between 75% and 80% of our planet’s surface is water. That only leaves about 22%-23% that is land area.
Now of that 22%-23% that is actually land area, how much do you think is habitable? Less than half. You take the vast areas of the Sahara – it’s uninhabitable. Even in our own western United States, many parts of the Rocky Mountain areas are practically uninhabitable. And on and on it goes.
Vast areas of Siberia and all around this planet we have unimaginable square miles of planet that is uninhabitable. So only a small percentage of the surface of our planet is fit for human habitation.
But before the Flood and at the time of Adam it was practically the opposite. There was abundant vegetation. There was room for a population explosion of not only the human race but the animal kingdom as well. And that gives rise to the tremendous fossil beds that we have been able to find as a result of the flood, but we will come to that later. Adam is brought into a beautiful created earth.
Genesis 1:29 – Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”
Do you see what I see in this verse? Man was a vegetarian. God does not say go make a fire and prepare to bar-be-cue! Read verse 30 and you’ll see that even the animals ate only vegetation and not each other.
And then verse 31 – God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Now then, even though, as we pointed out earlier, Adam was given dominion over everything on the earth. Adam was given control of this planet from pole to pole and from east to west. Nevertheless, God, I think, set up a special little place for him which was named the Garden of Eden. This perfect Eden was located in the Middle East. Eden was located in the cradle of civilization somewhere in that area of the Euphrates River.
Now let’s pick that up in Scripture.
Genesis 2:8 - "And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom He had formed."
Notice what the Bible does not say. It does not say that God put Adam and Eve in the garden. The Woman comes a bit later on.
Genesis 2: 10 – Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers (The Pishon, The Gihon, The Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers). Eden was located in this area.
Now we have Man (Adam) and the Woman on the scene, living in paradise, and walking in perfect harmony with their Creator. Adam and Eve had a spirit that was in perfect ONENESS with their Creator. Ask yourself, how could anyone want one thing more? I don’t believe you could ask for a better situation to find yourself in. However, Adam and Eve were not satisfied and wanted more.
How do we know this to be true?
Because they chose to believe THE LIE!
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves just a bit.
Simply put, Adam and Eve wanted more. I don’t know about you; but I see a parallel in our lives today. Don’t you know that our whole economy is based on the concept more is better. Why Madison AVE and Wall Street spend a lot of time and money stressing this ideal. I saw a bumper sticker on a car not long ago which read, “The one who dies with the most toys WINS.”
Don’t they get it? You’re dead!
What difference does it make what you own?
Do people actually believe this is what life is about? People with this mentality are not considering ETERNITY.
Adam and Eve’s perfect world was about to come undone and all because they chose to listen and then believe Satan’s lie. You know he still uses this ploy today and the majority comes to ruin because of it. The lie still works today!
How do we know this? Jesus' own words reveal the truth.
Matthew 7:13 – “Enter through the narrow gate (there is only One true gate); for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
So, what was the lie that caused the fall of both angels and man?
We’ll explore this topic when next we meet.

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