CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 15, 2014

Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 1 of 3


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

ADAM & EVE ASK: HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?

Part 1 of 3

Why must we struggle with life? How did we get to this point?  This three-part series based on the story of Adam and Eve responds to the question.

Wildlife on the far side of the field cringed at the yelling, so loud was Adam and Eve’s disagreement. This wasn’t the first time it had happened—it got worse with each battle.

Adam had just returned home after tilling the fields from sunup to sundown.

“Where’s dinner, Eve,” he shouted. “Can’t I at least expect that much after slaving in the fields all day? That dinner will be ready when I get home? And look at this meager crop! The harder I work the smaller it gets. All that grows are the weeds!”

“How can I have dinner ready when I never know when you’ll get here?” Eve yelled back. “And there’s not enough wood? And I spend a lot of time working in the fields too. If dinner isn’t ready it’s your fault. I need fire to cook our meal, and I need food to prepare it. How can I get that stuff when I am so big and clumsy, waiting for this child of yours to be born?”

“We had it made,” Adam shouted back. “Life was perfect! Now look at us!”

“Are you accusing me of getting us kicked out of Eden?”

“If you hadn’t eaten the fruit of the forbidden tree we’d still be in Eden enjoying a life of leisure, pleasure and communion with God,” snarled Adam. “You blew it!”

“I blew it? I don’t recall you refusing to eat the fruit I offered you.”

“You gave it to me. You’d already eaten some. What was I supposed to do? You disobeyed God first!”

“Why didn’t you stop me?” cried Eve. “You were beside me when the Serpent tricked me into eating the fruit. You didn’t say anything. You just stood there and listened to the Serpent tell me God didn’t really mean we were going to die. And we didn’t die, did we? So the Serpent was right!”

“Right?” slammed back Adam. “We were expelled from our home, from our life as we knew it. Now we have to toil the earth for skimpy crops. And look at you! Suffering with child, morning sick, with swollen legs and all. God certainly wasn’t fair to us. He didn’t have to do this to us. He could have been merciful!”

“How was I to know it was a fatal fruit?” sobbed Eve. “The Serpent convinced me God was depriving us from something pleasurable for no reason.”

“Too late we learn,” said a subdued Adam, reaching out to comfort Eve. “It wasn’t the fruit that was the problem. Disobeying God was failing the test of free choice. We thought we knew better than God. Life will never be the same.”

No, it won’t, thought Eve, doubting God’s wisdom in creating human beings.

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It hadn’t always been this way for earth’s first family.

Adam and Eve originally had a relationship to die for. Its perfection included daily walks and communion with God. Their peaceful, tranquil life included the stewardship of the garden in the midst of which they lived.

Caring for the garden had been easy. Gentle rains nurtured lush crops.

Their work extended to caring for the other life in the garden. That, too, had been easy. In the garden the lion and the lamb were friends, often taking their rest time together in the shade of a tropical tree.

Eden’s garden was the result of God’s design—a created order from a chaotic emptiness, a five-day labor of love.

On the sixth day, God added animals.

Standing back and viewing His awesome workmanship, He decided He would create a steward to maintain, preserve and propagate His earthly creation. He took painstaking care to shape man into something useful and beautiful, something bound to the earth he’d already created and declared good. Something different from the animals. Something designed in His image.

Being the craftsperson I myself am, I can picture God working at this “project.” What material should he use? Clay would connect the man to his earth.

I recall being in an art class and expected to “create” something “unique” out of a piece of clay. It isn’t—wasn’t—easy. Actually, it was so difficult I failed the project.

God succeeded better than I did. He created a being designed on, but far more complex, than his other creations, a being with self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-love.

Adam was the result of God’s loving labor. Adam’s special relationship with God defined man’s nature yet set him apart from his creator. This new creature represented all other creatures before God, living, speaking and acting on their behalf. Man interceded BEFORE God FOR the community of creation.

The new creature also represented God’s glory and will in the world. As such, man was God’s proxy in the community of creation. Man interceded FOR the community BEFORE God.

It was a great honor, privilege and responsibility for Adam to be steward of the earth and intercessor of other life.

One of his first jobs was the naming of all the animals.

The animals were sociable, but they were unlike Adam. God agreed with Adam that he should have a helper more like him than the other animals were. Thus, while Adam was sleeping, God made him a partner from his rib.

Continue reading at Adam & Eve Ask: How Did We Get To This Point? Part 2 of 3  

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Three Themes of Forgiveness in Matthew 18:21-22

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

A Martha and Mary Situation

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1 Comment »

  1. It probably happen just that way! 🙂

    Comment by merry101 — June 17, 2014 @ 11:02 pm | Reply


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