Adam and Eve
Rejecting the Relationship with God
Genesis 2-3; Romans 1:18-25; James 1: 13-16
It’s pretty sad when people reject a loving relationship. Divorce happens, people are “dumped,” fighting and hostility are common…why can’t we all just get along?
The first chapters of Genesis set that out for us. Let’s look at the relationship God created with Adam and Eve.
We are told in Genesis 1-2 that God loved His creation. He wanted to have people made in His image to share the idyllic relationship that He shared with Himself as the Trinity. God is a loving God. He is also omniscient.. He created a beautiful space for His creation. It was perfect, and made just for man. When He placed man in the Garden, God gave him authority to name the plants and animals, and to watch over creation as a vice-regent to God. Adam had a perfect life, with one exception. Adam was not a plurality like the Trinity. Therefore, God made him another half, a wife who would complete him. In that way, Adam, Eve and God could share a relationship that was similar, but not equal to the Trinitarian Utopia.
God entered into a contract or covenant with Adam and Eve, known as the “Edenic Covenant” or “the Covenant of Works.” God told them that they were free to eat of all the trees in the Garden, with the exception of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was a test to their allegiance to God. If they passed this one test, they would live eternally in the blissful state in which they found themselves. Adam and Eve were not confused or unknowledgeable about God and His plan, for they experienced God firsthand.
However, their perfect world was about to change. They were about to throw away their perfect, loving relationship with God for a desire to BE God; and as representatives of the human race, they would infect all people and creation.
Their consciousness about God was vastly different then ours. Adam, not affected by sin as we are today, did not have to suppress an innate desire to sin. He was innocent. Adam and Eve were different from other people because they had a situation that we never had. They had everything they needed, they knew that their probation was temporary, and they had no knowledge of evil. They did not have the pressure of a sin-saturated world that was hostile to them. Even a redeemed consciousness cannot totally experience the consciousness that Adam and Eve had. That is why we cannot say that Eve was tempted beyond her ability (1Cor. 10:13). She knew exactly what she was doing, and she enticed Adam as well, who went right along with her. Eve was not fed the fruit, she defiantly took it!
When God sought them out, they did not confess, but rather justified their decision by blaming the snake and God himself. God, after giving them three chances, did not buy the excuses.
Our world and various situations are infected with sin. If redeemed, our consciousness has been quickened; but unlike Adam and Eve, our consciousness needs to be supplemented by the God’s Spirit (John 15:5). While we cannot even fathom how Adam and Eve felt because we are so far removed from their situation, but we can learn from them. They had a covenant with God and each other. Covenants require that one choose the covenant over conflicting desires. Just like Adam and Eve, our choices are never the result of someone else’s behavior (Romans 1; 18-20; James 1:13-16). We cannot excuse our behavior based on how or what we “feel” because that is not sound. Saying something did not feel like a choice is a self-deception. Feelings, even if they are very strong, are not what we use to make a decision when we are tempted to break a law. Going to jail is a strong motivator to reject feelings as a reason act. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we should be moved by our minds rather than to capitulate to the world around us. That is a choice, not a feeling.
So while we can relate to Adam and Eve’s choice to break a covenant with God, that’s where our relation ends. We cannot walk in their world. We are not part of their story.
We can only see their willful disobedience to a loving God who calls them to love Him back by being committed to that relationship.
So how are you doing?