Sharing is caring!
I experienced some real insight this evening during our Tuesday night Grow Group session. We are studying the book “God’s Story for You, by Dr. Neil Anderson, and were examining some of the questions regarding the fall of man. While talking about why “Adam chose to sin”, I had to laugh as we gave various reasons. I laughed because, I realized, the way we view Adam in reading the scriptures, doesn’t give him much credit. In short, I tend to believe that Adam gets a bad rap.
I pointed out that when we read the narrative, it is important to keep in mind that Adam was created in the “image of God” and knew the Divine presence and character. It was not until after “the fall” (however you interpret it) that humanity lost both the sense of the Divine presence and an awareness of God’s character. It was at this time that a very insightful participant stated that “sharing is caring”. Adam wanted to share in Eve’s experience.
That may sound a bit unorthodox at first, but I challenge you to consider a few things:
- Adam and Eve were one
- Adam was present when Eve was was deceived
- Adam knew God made them one
- Sin came into the world through Adam not Eve
I submit, based on those presuppositions the following:
- Adam knew the only way their oneness could be restored, he must enter her transgression.
- Adam believed based on his understanding of God’s character, God would make a way for complete restoration (that is a stretch in my reading, but I believe it can be supported).
- Because Adam walked with God before the fall, he possessed some understanding of the eternal plan and purpose of God.
You may be asking, is there any supporting biblical references for any of this. I invite you to consider these words from the book of Ephesians 5:25-27
“ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish”.
The writer then ties his thoughts to Genesis 2:23-24.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church”.
What the writer is stressing is plain and simply, love. He admonishes husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and “gave himself for her”. Based on that line of thinking, you guessed it, Adam chose to sin because of his love for his wife. WOW. To what extent does true love go to bring about restoration and renewal? While I realize that this may sound far-fetched and possibly heretical, I encourage you to re-read the story in light of the revelation of the love of God demonstrated through the sacrifice of Christ.
Part 2 may be coming soon.