First Family | part one

Posted on October 3, 2008 by

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In the beginning God Created. Yep, God made stuff. Some say that it was so that He could have an object of love. But others contend that the triune nature of God tells of His loving relationship as one being three parts, which negates the idea that He had to create to love. Others say that there was so much love within the trinity that God created from an overflow of love.

It’s hard, and probably a bad idea, to try and divine God’s motives and his mind. But one thing is for sure, we are objects of God’s love and His wrath. We were created as people of Worship, we give ourselves to things. We turn over our devotion and dedication to something. The right response is to give our devotion to God, but far too often we turn it and send it to things that are far less worthy of our lives.

Looking at the first family, Adam and Eve and fam’, we can see how they worshiped God pre-fall, and post-fall.

Genesis 1

26Then God said,(A) “Let us make man[a] in our image,(B) after our likeness. And(C) let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
(D) male and female he created them.

28And God blessed them. And God said to them,(E) “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit.(F) You shall have them for food. 30And(G) to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31(H) And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 2

15The LORD God took the man(O) and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil(P) you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[d] of it you(Q) shall surely die.”

18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;(R) I will make him a helper fit for[e] him.” 19(S) Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed[f] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and(T) brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[g] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21So the LORD God caused a(U) deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made[h] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,

“This at last is(V) bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was
(W) taken out of Man.”[i]

24(X) Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Let’s start by creating a framework that we will be looking at Pre-fall Adam and Eve. Worship is defined today as bringing glory to God, that can be in everyday things or it can be in corporate gatherings. So this bringing glory to God can be described as doing things in the right way with the right motives that always direct back towards God. Bringing this to Adam and Eve, would it be right to assume that their lives were worship just as ours are but they did theirs perfectly, until the fall. I think I would; they worshiped in a way that most of us only aspire to be able to when we are reunited with God and our sins are burned away. So how did Adam and Eve live in the garden?

They were created to be in relationship – Man and Woman are created in the image of God and it is in the shared partnership that we see a cultivation of human relationships. Before sin entered the world God said that something was “not good”. Most men know what this was “It is not good that the man should be alone”. God looks down at his creation that was good and saw that something was wrong for His vision of mankind. He sent Adam through all of creation looking for a suitable helper. He saw that there was nothing created that would fulfill the need that he had, that being a helper “suitable” or “fit” for him. So God created the Woman out of the Man’s side to be his companion and helper. Why is this important to corporate worship? Good Question. God made man and decided that he needed a companion. So he put man to the task of naming the animals (mark this). After encountering and naming all the animals that God created there was still not a suitable helper for man. He went through horses, and dogs and cats and birds and fish, and none of it could fulfill the task that God had for it of being a helper for man. So God created Eve, another human, another image bearer of God that is Adam’s compliment that fills him out and supports him. They are together and speak to one another and have a community of three, God – Adam –Eve.

Adam is grateful to God for providing – Upon seeing his wife Adam sings. God provides for Adam in the way that had been lacking, and Adam sings. So women like singers. True enough, but the point is that there is glory given to God through the thankfulness of Adam after receiving the long awaited helper.

They are commanded to Work – So God put Adam to a task, this is one of the first things that God has Adam do. The first command to Adam is to not do something, eat of the tree of life. The second command is to name all the animals to find a suitable helper. Adam’s relationship with God so far is one of a worker who joyfully completes tasks. After both man and woman are on the scene God gives another command, this one is much broader in scope and is a decree that will last through and apply to all generations. ““Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” This wasn’t a toilsome act, as we will see later when God curses Adam with toilsome work, but this is work that is fulfilling and enjoying and is pleasing to God. I look at it like my experience building a house. It was hard, hard work and there was a lot of thinking and effort put into it. But at the end of the day we usually would turn around as we headed to our cars and look at the work we had just done and say “we did that”. Walls were up that weren’t there before, the roof was on, things were taking shape. It was extremely satisfying to be able to look back on your work and see that you actually did something, that you were taking part in the creation of something that was useful and needed. This is the kind of work that I see Adam and Eve having.

Pre-fall worshipful lives contains these three elements; First they are lives in relationship to God and to other humans. Second they are lives of gratefulness to God. Lastly they are lives devoted to working for God.

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