God’s Plan for Mankind

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17

God knew that Adam would sin. He had a plan because He knew this. He put a tree in the middle of the garden as a test for Adam and Eve. He knew they would fail that test.

They knew only good at first, the way God wanted them to be; people that were innocent of the knowledge of evil. God expressly commanded that they were not to eat of this tree in the center of the garden. It wasn’t the tree that would bring evil but the disobedience of Adam and Eve that brings evil. This was part of His covenant with Adam and Eve.
1. Be fruitful and multiply.
2. Serve God by keeping (managing the garden.
3. Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

God cannot sin but God gave man the option to choose to obey God or to sin by disobedience. One of the reasons God the Son had to become human is that He had the opportunity to sin. But He didn’t and so He became the second Adam.

We are not like Adam because we start our life already sinners. We have a flaw in us that wasn’t in Adam. One day because we are in Christ, we will no longer be able to sin after we are resurrected.

Why did God do this?
It was the only way for man to know God fully, including forgiveness, mercy, and grace. He gave man the choice so that he could know these things (knowing that Adam and Eve would sin). If Adam never fell then none of the rest of the humans would ever know God fully. It was a risk (some would be lost forever) that God was willing to make because He wanted man to know Him fully and choose to love and obey Him.

* These ideas were not my own but from a pastor who has a website called versebyverseministry.org

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Cloth yourself with Jesus

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Notice how caring God was even after they sinned. He could have eliminated them right away but He didn’t. He had to make it harder for them so that they might think about what they had done and be prevented from rebelling further (Genesis 3:16-19). But He clothed them. This is something man tried to do with the fig leaves (Genesis 3:7), but was wholly inadequate. Now God gives them garments of skin. Why did He do that?

Well, first He obviously cares about them. But there are other considerations. In order to make the garments of skin, He had to kill some animals–probably in front of Adam and Eve. It showed them that death was necessary to make their clothes. It showed them the consequences of sin without killing them. These animals (Adam named them) were probably friends with Adam and Eve. It hurt them to see these animals die. It showed them that they must make sacrifices for their sin. And thirdly, it showed them a future event. One day, a sacrifice of woman’s seed would be made — His name was Jesus Christ. This would be the final sacrifice that would cleanse them and other people who believed of their sins. It showed early man that we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). They did not know who He was yet but they had the symbol of His sacrifice on their bodies.

The First and Second Adam

The name Adam means earth, it comes from the word adamah, which means red earth. This name is connected to the earth from which he was made. Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Because he was the first man, when he and his wife sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of mankind inherited the sin nature. It became part of man’s DNA structure. Through Adam, according to Romans 5:12, sin and death were now a part of all people.

However, one Man reversed this curse of man. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us the gift of salvation and grace through God’s forgiveness by dying on the cross. Romans 5:17 He is the second Adam, the “life-giving spirit”. 1 Corinthians 15:45 No ordinary human could have done this. God had to become man so that He could save us from our sins.

Genesis 1 and Jesus

I have had more insight into Genesis 1 and Jesus.  I have seen how He can be seen with each new day.  Day one: As I said, He is the Beginning (Revelation 21:6; 22:13), the Word (John1:1-3, 14; Revelation 19:13), and the Light (John 1:4-5,9; 8:12).  Day two: He is our atmosphere — without Him we cannot live (Acts 17:28). Day three: He is the spring of water (John 4:13-14) and He is our ground (our rock and foundation — Luke 6:48).  From Him we get our nourishment. He is also our seed, who fell to the ground so that we might have life John 12:23-24). Day four: He is our Sun, He is the bright and morning Star (Revelation 22:16).  Day five: He is the eagle that catches us on our wings (Deuteronomy 22:11), the hen who gathers us as chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34). Day 6: He is the butterfly (He lived, died, and lived again), the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world John 1:29; Revelation 5:6) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).  He is also the last Adam who gives us life instead of death, righteousness instead of sin, and health instead of sickness I Corinthians 15:45).  Those are all the ways I see Jesus pictured in Genesis 1.