Adam's Lie vs. Christ's Truth, Part II

Friday, August 17, 2007

There are a few commands given to man, and each demonstrates the afore-mentioned truth.

  1. “[F]rom any tree of the garden you may eat freely” displays God’s providence. In our enjoyment of what He has given to us, we display His goodness to creation. We show that He satisfies us and that He words for us and does need us. We show ourselves to be dependent upon His mercy. His words are to be kept for our own satisfaction. We see this in the penalty for not seeing God as sufficient provider: “But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

  2. We are to rule. In our ruling, we are to understand that God rules over us and all things. Moreover, we are to see what benevolence He exercises and imitate His care. Our ruling over things is charge to display the goodness of God in the previous command.

  3. We are to be fruitful and multiply. In our procreation, we see the beginnings of life and display something of God’s creation of us. God’s joy yielded life, and our joy finds an outlet ordained by God to reflect this truth.

In creating man, God saw the complementary roles of man and woman to facilitate the keeping of the commands. “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18a). Man alone is incapable of fulfilling all that God has for him; he is inadequate. Again, we see that God provides. He creates for Adam a suitable helper. Eve is equal in value to Adam: bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.” Eve, however, has a different role: a helper to Adam. They need each other to fulfill the commands of God and thus glorify Him. They were to be one flesh. Indeed, it was “very good.”

Everything established, God has finished creating, so He sets an example for us and rests. However, a problem occurs, the ones who were to glorify God believed a lie about God. They bought into Satan’s lie, a philosophy of independence from God and self-exaltation. Man saw God’s provision as insufficient—even harmful—propagating a message that God is not good. What tasted satisfying for a moment brought shame. Sin was now manifest in those who were to represent Glory: marred mirrors, misrepresenting the majestic and manifold beauty of God’s light. All creation groaned, subjected to futility (Romans 8:20-22, cf. Jeremiah 2:11-12). Man was changed. All of us born of Adam are slaves to this. We are Adam’s lie. All of our actions perpetuate Adam’s abominable act. Our hearts are far from God; we seek to cover our lie by suppressing truth (Romans 1:18ff). Creation is aghast. The Almighty God’s eternal power and divine nature are evident.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. (Psalm 19:1-5)

We, who are Adam’s offspring, trivialize the majestic; we show ourselves to rebellious, robust haters of God. We are Adam’s lie.

Man was to be a statement about God: His dominion and His provision, all to be savored. Instead of ruling over the earth and its inhabitants, man was dominated by a piece of fruit from a tree he was to cultivate. He failed in charge to care for Eve, and he was dominated by the serpent’s lie—a serpent he was to rule over. Man sought satisfaction outside of God’s provision. The truth to be said about God in mankind was forsaken, exchanged for a lie. This demands condemnation. Holy justice cries out for the infinite, eternal wrath of an omnipotent Judge. Adam and Eve deserved the fierce the wrath of a righteous God. They, according to God’s own words, should have died the day on which they ate of that tree.