Bible Character: Adam

Bible Character: Adam

Good morning everyone. Welcome to Sunday School.

Today we will begin the new study series on “Bible Character.”

We can see that the Bible recorded the lives of men and women.

King, fisherman, tax collector, Pharisee, physician and many more.

We may perceive one character is better than another. 

However, the scripture concluded that
…there is none righteous, no, not one… [Romans 3:10].

The Bible recorded the lives of these people for our learning.

Today we start with the story of Adam, the first man that God created.

Let us go to the key verse for this lesson in [Genesis 3:12]. 

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

The Bible is clear about the Creation. God created this world.

[Genesis 1:1] gives us the factual statement. 

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The Bible said
…God created the heaven and the earth…

The Bible recorded that on the sixth day, God created man!

He made that man in His own image. 

Genesis 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Next, let us see how God created the first man.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man ofthe dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

God formed that man
…of the dust of the ground…

We also see that God
…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…

Life comes from God.

When God created that man, He had a job for him to do.

Genesis 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

God would like that man to take care of the garden of Eden.

Then God also gave him a simple command.

Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

That man is not to eat
…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…

What did God tell that man if he ate it?

God made it clear that the man
…shalt surely die…

We then also learned that the man had another job to do.

Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
Genesis 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

We see his name for the first time. His name is Adam. 

He was also to name
…every living creature…

This showed us that Adam had great intellect given by God to do this task.

We learned that Adam was the first person made in the image of God. 

He was a namer of animals and caretaker of the garden of Eden.

God knew that it was not good for the man, Adam, to be alone. 

God decided to make Adam an help meet for him. His wife.

Genesis 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

We know her name as Eve [Genesis 3:20].

A tragedy happened in the garden of Eden. 

The book of the Genesis in chapter three introduced us another being, the serpent.

The Bible revealed to us that it was Satan. 

Doubt and lie were what Satan used with his first conversation with Eve.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Satan still uses the same tactic today.

Doubt against the word of God. 

What did Eve do in the end?

Genesis 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

She ate it. 

She then gave it to Adam. 

Adam ate it too!

Next, we will see that God still came to visit Adam. 

God asked Adam whether he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Genesis 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

Now pay attention to what Adam replied to God.

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Adam avoided responsibility and blamed others.

He chose to hide rather than to confront.

He made excuses instead of admitting the truth.

What about us? 

Sometimes, we are just like Adam. 

What we can learn from his life is that 

1. God would like people (with their freewill) to choose Him.

2. We should not blame others for our faults.

3. We cannot hide from God.

Just like what God said, Adam died in the end.

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:

Sin entered into the world. The world is cursed since then. 

You and I will die one day.  

But there is still good news. 

God Himself came to this world over 2,000 years ago and already made full payment for the punishment of sin.

1 Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

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