THE ORIGIN OF MAN-ADAM
Remember that it was God who leaned down and breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. As Adam stirred and slowly opened his eyes, I believe he saw the glory of God hovering before him…watching…waiting for His creation to become aware of His presence. I wonder about the look of expectation on God’s face…the anticipation of seeing His creation come to life…the joy of watching His creation look upon His glory for the first time.
It had to be a moment of indescribable wonder for both! And I believe they were captivated by each other for a time… whether for moments, hours or days…each one mezmerized by the existence and the presence of the other.
Keep in mind, that this was before the fall of man. In a sense, a spiritual sense, God and Adam were one…both of the same Spirit. (This is not intended to imply in any way that Adam was a divine being, because he wasn’t. But he was created a perfect being!) And though Adam would
eventually severe that spiritual connection, at the moment, they were both one. While the seedlings in the ground (that God had created on the third day) sprouted and grew, Adam was getting to know God… and the Teacher was teaching His creation about life…about Himself (God) and about himself (Adam). It’s quite possible that Adam even moved freely between earth and heaven…that he conversed with angels.
In the paradise in which he lived, I don’t believe Adam had to eat to stay alive, just as I don’t believe we’ll have to eat in heaven. I believe he was welcomed to eat… even invited to eat… perhaps at God’s own table…but I don’t believe he had to eat. Nor did the animals that had been created on the fifth and sixth days. Remember, this is before the fall. Sin, death, decay, even hunger was somewhere in the future.
“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” (Gen. 1:20,30).
The plants that were given for food were still seeds in the ground. The “meat-eaters” weren’t “meat-eaters” yet…not until after the fall. For now, they were still vegetarians waiting patiently for their first salad. Adam, when he wasn’t hanging out with God, was naming the animals (Gen. 2:19,20). Somewhere along the way, Eve was taken from Adam’s rib (Gen. 2:22), the Garden of Eden was planted by God (Gen. 2:8), and Adam was put in the garden to take care of it (Gen. 2:15).
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