What's so special about a promise? I mean promises are made and kept, but some promises are made and broken.
Adamic Covenant Podcast Link
A short review of the Edenic Covenant from last time: The Ednenic Covenant was a conditional covenant between God and Adam. Which means there were conditions to this covenant regarding creation and life in the Garden of Eden. It was a time of innocence. Adam was to live in the land that God had given him, and God set before him a choice to do things God’s way, or his own way. Just one simple test of obedience while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden.
Let’s set the stage for the Adamic Covenant
It begins with Chapter 3 of Genesis:
Enter, stage left, the snake, the whisperer of magic spells, an enchanter. One who hisses. All these descriptions come from the Strongs Concordance, but the snake is not clearly identified as Satan in this particular passage.
Since the entire Bible is sixty six books connected to tell the entire History, we can understand this hissing creature a bit better through their addition.
Ezekiel chapter 28 tells us this creature was in Eden, the Garden of God and every precious stone was his covering, that he was beautiful and when he was created he was able to sing with his pipes and make music.
Revelation 19 and 20 describe the snake as the great dragon that was cast out of heaven, the old serpent called the Devil,
That Satan who deceived and deluded the whole world!
He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
So yes, this serpent was more subtile, crafty, or cunning, then any beast of the field. This serpent is referred to in Ezekiel as one who’s heart was lifted up against God. This serpent who led others in worship of God, who used to be the worship leader in heaven, thought himself to be greater than God. It was this serpent who was cut down and cast out of heaven along with a third of the angels. Dr. Luke in chapter 8 tells us a story about the devils or demonic beings under certain circumstances, having the ability to indwell human or animal bodies.
In Lukes story, it was a herd of swine.
Now that we can see how the serpent in the garden is tempting Eve, and who this serpent is, you may have even more questions before we continue.
Likewise, you husbands, dwell with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
The enemy’s first attack was causing Eve to question what God had said, by trying to undermine the Words of her Creator!
Do we see the enemy trying to undermine God’s word so much more in our day? So many today are ripping out the passages of scripture that they don’t believe are true, right out of the Bible, and rewriting or reconstructing them to draw even more souls away from the Truth!
God does not mention where Adam was when Eve was conversing with the the serpent. Eve noticed the fruit was pleasant to her sight, and was convinced it would make her wise. She then shared it with Adam, and he ate of it as well and drum roll please…they both understood what they had done.
They became aware of their nakedness, and tried to hide it right away by sewing fig leaves together to hide their nakedness, and hide themselves from God when He came into the Garden in the cool of the day as God asked...
Where are you?
Don’t think for a minute that God lost his created beings. He knew full well where they were. Just like your mom knows where you are hiding when you get into the cookie jar and hide behind the door to eat them.
The first game of kick the can was played, and the shame and guilt was passed on from Adam to Eve to the snake. The conditional promise of innocence in the Garden of Eden was now obviously broken and the consequences were rolled out. God could have destroyed them right then and there, but by His mercy, but He didn’t.
Some commentators blame this all on Eve, some all on Adam, but in looking at scripture, I agree with other scholars who see the responsibility was on Adam, as God gave Adam the commands on how to live in Eden and the responsibility was on Adam to teach his helpmeet, his wife these commands.
God set Adam up as the head of the household. It was God who told Adam “not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil” It was Eve who told the serpent that “we are not to eat from the tree in the midst of the garden, and added that they were not even supposed to touch it.
So without proper instruction, Eve was ignorant of what God’s commands were.
We have a scenario of beings reaching out for the power to be like God. The ironic thing is that the fruit itself was a picture of what God already was for them.
Mankind still reaches out for things to fill their senses with pleasure and power and wisdom, things that do not require submission to anyone. To this day, some see God as the old white haired being in the clouds with his finger on the smite button, someone ready to destroy us. In reality we see a picture of God full of mercy and forgiveness. Not only did God not destroy Adam and Eve on the spot, He made another way for them to be reconciled to Him and to bring others with them.
Here come the consequences of breaking the Edenic Covenant and thankfully walking into another Covenant with God.
God saw that Adam and Eve tried to hide their shame of what they had done with fig leaves, but God in His wisdom knew that this would not do. SO God made robes of animal hides which meant there must have been death of an animal for the first time. A foreshadow of a time in the future.
The Two realms of Heaven and Earth are now breached. God said Behold the man has now become like one of “us” in knowing good and evil. Now, so that man doesn’t reach out and also take of the tree of eternal life and eat God sent them out from the Garden to work the ground from which he was taken. But first God made proper garments for them to wear. It was time for Eve to begin her experience of sorrow, dependence and subjection on her husband, and Adam to enter into a new career of hardship and toil of the ground, to work by the sweat of his brow.
This next Covenant is an unconditional one. God does not put any conditions on Adam or Eve to keep, but God keeps the Adamic Covenant promise Himself. er scriptures that God is not a liar, we can trust that He will keep this Covenant Promise.
As a result of Adam’s sin, his breaking of the Edenic Covenant, there is now hatred between the descendants of Eve and of Satan, there will be painful childbirth for women.
Adam will have to work the soil which is now filled with thorns and weeds. Marriage will no longer be harmonious and life will be a struggle to survive. Death has now entered the world. But even in the midst of God’s curse on the pair and the land, there is a glimmer of Hope. God’s salvation plan shines through as He puts enmity between the offspring of the woman and satan. One born from the line of the woman will crush the serpents head. Satan will be defeated one day by the offering of the woman!
se into the far future of mankind of salvation through Jesus.
And so God’s loving, gracious, provision for the salvation of mankind, shines above the darkness of sin that has entered the world.
I Corinthians tells us that in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive!
Late in Chapter 15 of Corinthians it says, and so it was written, the first man, (which was Adam) was made a living soul, the last Adam, (referring to Jesus was made a quickening spirit
So if we trust in Adam’s work then we are thrusting in the flesh
If we trust in the finished work of Jesus, then we are trusting in a living soul.
Since Adam didn’t keep the original conditional promise with God, all mankind suffers in sin, but because another, Jesus came later to be the perfect sacrifice for sin, all mankind is justified. By the animal sacrifice for Adam and Eve, the sin of disobedience was covered up. By the then future sacrifice of Jesus, mankind is made justified…meaning just as if we had never sinned if we trust in the sacrifice of Jesus made for us. (But that is another covenant podcast in the future)
This promise, The Adamic Covenant is unconditional and is made with Adam and all mankind. God will keep this Covenant on His own, and it will last as long as there is sin on the Earth. So this Covenant with the inhabitants of the Earth of all time ahead experience
Sounds like gloom and doom to me, but remember it was chosen over perfection by own of our own kind.
There are many sects of religious groups that still reach out to become like God. This type of thinking is not relegated to the past with Adam. Others may knock on your door with opportunities for you to become like God, but the word of God is clear. If any of these come to your door peaching a different gospel, telling of different good news, send them away, have nothing to do with them and don’t even send them off with a blessing, just send them away, and read your own Bible to make sure you have the whole truth, so help you God.
As we read the whole truth of God’s word we can see that DNA thread or as some say, that red thread of the blood of Jesus through out the book and connects the dots of the stand alone stories some of us know so well.
What was it that Eve said to Adam as she offered, or better said, …tempted him with the fruit?
Take and eat
Do you remember hearing that somewhere else?
I Corinthians 11:24-26
He’s coming back soon to an Earth near you
Let’s get our hearts ready for His return!