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Book 1 LESSON Two PART II
CREATION OF ADAM
Adam was perfect, body and soul, and his spirit was in complete fellowship with God. Within Adam was both male and female. This was necessary. Let's look now to the New Testament to find answers and reasons for things we find in the Old Testament. Look at Romans 5:12.
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
Notice that this verse doesn't say "by two people" or "by Adam and Eve," but rather by "one man." Even though Eve was the first to eat of the forbidden fruit, the New Testament tells us that it was "Adam" that brought sin and death to the human race.
In the next chapter we're going to look at why Adam had to contain the progenitors, or the cell makeup, for the female even before she was created. We'll give you Scriptures to back up the claim.
LESSON Two * PART III
We're going to pick up right where we left off in our last lesson, so let's turn to Genesis 1:27 for a quick review. Adam, we said, when he was created contained both the male and female qualities, and the reason this position is taken is that in the Plan of Salvation, when redemption comes by virtue of the Savior, Jesus Christ, it is not limited to the male of the species but is for everyone, both male and female.
In the Plan of Redemption, it is obvious that all "blame" is placed upon Adam, but never on Eve. We'll look at this in depth when we get to Chapter 3, but for now look at it this way. Eve was in Adam (and she had to have been in Adam even before she was "created" in later verses) not in the physical form of a woman, but rather the "concept" of the woman was in him; otherwise God would have had to provide a separate Savior or Redeemer for the female of the species, rather than one Savior for all of the human race.
Let's use this analogy: We have no record in the Scriptures for a plan or salvation for the angels who "fell." Any angel who rebelled against God had no chance to repent and be forgiven and restored to right standing with God. The reason for this is that each angel is a specific creation. In other words, if God was going to have a plan of salvation for angels, He'd have to have as many saviors as there were angels.
Now, if we bring this concept down into the human realm, Eve had to have been in Adam from the very beginning so that Adam could be the head of the human race - the "Federal Head" of our entire race, male and female - so that there would be need of only one Redeemer. This is why in Genesis 1:27, even though Eve is not yet on the scene physically, and won't be for several more verses, it says that "God created him, male and female, created He them."
Last time we went to Genesis 5:2 to see in the summary there that "male and female, He created them and blessed them, and called their name ADAM." He doesn't refer to woman; He doesn't refer to Eve; He merely says that "He called their name Adam." They were both in Adam.
Let's go back to Genesis 2:21 and pick up the creation of woman, who will not be referred to as "Eve" until after the Fall, but is called only the "woman." As we saw last week, Adam has just given names to all the living creatures who had been brought before him by God, and he must have gotten an inkling then of what it would be like to have a helpmeet, as he saw all the animals in pairs. So God realizes that Adam needs a helpmeet as it says in verse 18. Now let's look at verses 21 and 22:
"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he (Adam) slept:..."
(This is the first recorded instance of anesthesia, isn't it?) And now God is about to perform surgery on Adam:
"...and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."
Let's take the Scriptures as logically as we can. We do have to receive by faith it's truths, but often, if we look for it, we can find a lot of "pure science" in the Scriptures.
The word translated "rib" in verses 21 and 22 above, is the Hebrew word "Tsela." This same word is found some 19 other times in Scripture and is translated also as "side" or even better (especially when used referring to the ark), it is translated "chamber." Using the "side chamber" translation, let's go back and read this verse:
"So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took a 'side chamber' and closed up the flesh thereof. And the 'side chamber,' which the Lord God has taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."
Now, this may be stretching the point for some, but contemplate and study more on this, putting it in perspective. The reason we're studying all this is to better understand the Plan of Redemption - that it is just as appropriate for the woman as it is for the man, and the woman's fall was not precipitated by Eve's eating of the fruit, but rather it was precipitated at the same time man's fall was -when Adam chose to eat the fruit also, and the whole human race fell. We have to see that here Eve is part of that fall because she came out of Adam, just the same as you and I came from our parents.
Turn to Luke 3:38 and look at the Genealogy of Jesus through Mary. If you read the entire genealogy, you'll see it starts in verse 23 with Jesus, Himself, and goes all the way down through verse 37 where it says that Canaan was "the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God." Notice it does not say that Seth was the son of Adam and Eve, but that he was the son of Adam. But where's Eve? She was in Adam! Again, it makes it so clear that Eve, as a part of the human race, was already in Adam when Adam was created, so we can definitely say that Adam is the "Federal Head" of the entire human race, not just of men, but of women also.
Go back to Genesis 2, and please consider these things! If God simply took a rib from Adam, what would that do to the man? It would leave him 1 rib short - and people have even asked me if that is the case - "Do men have one less rib than women?" Of course not!
God took the female reproduction segment (we call that the "gonad" or the germ plasma) which was in a "side chamber" in Adam, who had, Scriptures indicate, both male and female qualities within him, and from that He created the woman. If you find that hard to accept, consider that in the animal kingdom, there are still several species (especially in insects and micro organisms) that are both male and female. I believe that, as a man's sperm today produces either a male or female (and some of the early Rabbis who were students of the Old Testament also had this concept), I believe that God removed the female reproductive section from Adam and from it created the woman.
This is so logical, because at the very heart of all God's creation stands the concept of reproduction. So by taking that portion from Adam and surrounding it with the body of a woman, God establishes the female of our species - but she's called only woman, she's not yet called Eve. .. Look now at Genesis 2:23:
God has now brought this new creature to Adam to be his "help meet." This term means a "complement" - that which completes. Adam had not been complete until God brought to him his help meet. It's interesting that the New Testament uses that same term (complement) to describe the relationship between Christ and the Church.
The Church is Jesus' complement, and this is why even the Lord Himself is looking forward to the day when He will have the "Body of Christ" with Him, and we become then "that which completes" Christ Himself. There is again that correlation between Adam and Eve, husband and wife, Christ and the Church, as we saw in the last Chapter in the book of Ephesians. Verse 23:
"And Adam 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.'"
Here again, the Scripture says she was "taken out of Man." The rib doesn't amount to much. God removed more than that. The woman was taken "out of the Man" and it is important to emphasize that Eve was "in Adam" when Adam sinned, and the female as well as the male of the species came under condemnation.
Verse 24: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh."
All of human history has to fall back on what took place in Genesis! This "one flesh" concept has almost been lost in today's world and it's so unfortunate that we've glossed over what God originally intended.
Look at the word "cleave." The Hebrew word used here indicates that once a man and a woman have been joined in marriage, they should never be able to be separated without causing irreparable damage. Isn't that what divorce does? Cause irreparable damage? It causes terrible distress. This is exactly what God had in mind, that when two people come together in marriage and become one flesh, that to tear them apart would be doing permanent, irreparable damage. So He says, "They shall be one flesh."