Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yeshua - The Second Adam

(The following is a study lesson from “Shadow of the Messiah in the Torah – Vol. 1” by Dan & Brenda Cathcart. The volume contains 12 independent lessons examining God’s word and searches for shadows of the Messiah in the scriptures. Yeshua (Jesus), while on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27) spoke to His Apostles and told them what was in all the scriptures concerning Himself. We search those very same scriptures in the "Shadows of Messiah in the Torah". The complete volume of 12 lessons is designed to be a tool for you to use for a home based Bible study is available from El Shaddai Ministries on the web at )

In Romans 5, Paul speaks of Messiah as a second Adam explaining that Adam was a type of Messiah.

Romans 5:14

Hebrew word pictures: Hebrew is read right to left.
Adam: אדם means ruddy, human being, mankind Aleph: א firstMem-dalet: דם bloodAdam was the first man literally the “First blood”. Earth (a-da-mah): אדמה
Hey: ה RevealAdam: אדם Adam revealed. Adam was taken out of the earth. (Gen. 2:7)
Mem is depicted either ם when at the end of a word or מ elsewhere in a word.

How is Adam like Messiah? Adam is like Messiah in his relationship with Eve. He is also like Adam in that both were created without sin. Yeshua, as the child of God and Mary, was not of the seed of Adam and, thus, was born without sin. Unlike Adam, Yeshua chose to be obedient to God. Through His obedience, we have access to eternal life. Believers in Messiah are described as being His Bride. The model of the marriage relationship can be taken from the creation of Eve. Eve was created from Adam for Adam.

Genesis 2:23

The Apostle Paul describes the church as being part of Messiah’s body.

Ephesians 5:29

Adam was put into a deep sleep to bring forth his bride. Jesus was put into the sleep of death and brought new life to all those who believe. And those who believe are His bride. The name Eve (Chavah) means “living”.

Genesis 2:21

Romans 6:4

Hebrew word picture: Hebrew is read right to left.
Eve: Chavva: חַוָה
Chet: חַ Because it is the 8th letter. It begins a new cycle of 7, and thus stands for new beginnings or new life.
Vav: וָ the nail or peg, secures, connects
Hey: ה open window, to reveal, behold
Eve is the revelation of new life secured.

Genesis 3:20

Because Eve was part of his flesh, he would cleave to her. Jesus cleaves to us!

Genesis 2:24

Romans 8:38-39

The word “cleave” is from the Hebrew דבק Cleave: #1692 דבק dâbaq daw-bak' A primitive root; properly to impinge, that is, cling or adhere; figuratively to catch by pursuit: - abide, fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard, after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.

In Hebrew, the word has a primary meaning but the secondary meanings add depth to the passage.

If we look at dâbaq as to catch by pursuit, we see an additional meaning. The man pursues the woman in a relationship. They seem to be hardwired that way. Jesus also pursues us. We don’t pursue Him.

1John 4:9-10

Romans. 3:10-12 (Quoting Psalm 14:1-3)

דבק Dâbaq in its primary meaning to join together is echoed in the instructions of Moses to the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 10:20

How are we to cleave to God? The Jewish sages taught that by “cleaving” to a teacher of Torah, that is becoming his disciple, they could connect with God through that teacher. A disciple of a teacher would literally live with the teacher learning by observing his life as well as by listening to his teaching. In a sense, they were right. If we cleave to the teacher, Jesus, we will be joined not only to Christ but through Him to God.

The passage in Ephesians continues with Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (KJV)

John 15:5

John 15:10

We are to cleave (dabaq) to our bridegroom Jesus, our Adam, and through him we can fulfill Moses’ instructions to cleave to God. Paul contrasts Adam with Messiah in 1 Corinthians. What Adam was incapable of doing because he was of the dust of the earth, Yeshua is able to accomplish because He is from heaven.

1st Corinthians 15:45-49 (quoting Genesis 2:7)

A comparison of Adam and Messiah

First living man given a spirit
From the dust of the earth
We have borne his likeness

Life giving spirit
From Heaven
We will bear His likeness

In Romans 7, Paul describes how sin leads to death. It is almost as if Paul was putting himself in Adam’s place.

Romans 7:9

The commandment not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is given to Adam. Adam had a choice to obey God or to choose his own path.

Romans 7:7

Genesis 2:16-17

Adam is tempted. Although Genesis says it is the woman who is tempted, Adam was with her and he was the one actually given the commandment.

Romans 7:8

Genesis 3:6a

Adam gave in to temptation. He went along with Eve instead of standing for what he knew was right.

Romans 7:9-10

Genesis 3:6

Death came to Adam. If Adam had obeyed the commandment, he would have had continued access to the tree of life.

Romans 7:10

Genesis 3:22

Adam blamed anyone but himself. He first blames Eve and indirectly blames God Himself for giving the Eve to him in the first place. Adam chose to disobey God—he didn’t eat by accident. Paul, in his discourse in Romans, says it wasn’t his fault; he was tricked!

Romans 7:11

Genesis 3:12

Paul says that all men are without excuse for their wicked actions.

Romans 1:18-20

Moses set before the people of Israel two choices—life or death. The same choice is before us. Moses exhorts the people to cling, or cleave to God!

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

The commandment is good. It reveals the heart of man. Adam is ashamed.

Romans 7:12

Genesis 3:7

Adam and Eve recognized the evil they had chosen. Everything changed. They had separated themselves from God and their attitudes about each other changed. They began to hide from each other. Sin’s consequence is death. Adam and Eve were removed from the garden of Eden and no longer had access to the tree of life. Cherubim were set to guard the entrance so they could not return.

Romans 7:13

Genesis 3:17-19

Adam could not redeem himself.

Romans 7:14

Genesis 2:7

Adam was formed from the dust. He had no substance that was not God given and God breathed. It was God Himself who gave him the breath of life. It is only God who can redeem him. God promises a redeemer.

Romans 7:24-25

God told the serpent that one would come who would be of the seed of woman and thus, fully human, but not of the seed of man, who would crush him—A new Adam.

Genesis 3:15

Yeshua is a second Adam. He became flesh for us.

John 1:14

He was tempted in every manner like Adam.

Hebrews 4:15

As we look at the temptations Yeshua faced we see that they are just like the temptations Adam faced. Yeshua was taken into the wilderness and faced three tests. Lust of the flesh:

Luke 4:3-4 (quoting Deuteronmy 8:3)

Genesis 3:6

Lust of the eyes:

Luke 4:5-7 (quoting Deuternomy 6:13)

Genesis 3:6

Pride of life:

Luke 4:9-11 (quoting Deuteronomy 6:16)

Genesis 3:6

Yeshua was obedient to the Father in all His actions. He came to do the Father’s will and was obedient even unto death.

John 5:30

Matthew 26:39

John 6:38

Philippians 2:8

Adam, by his disobedience brought death to all his descendants. But through the obedience and grace of Yeshua, the second Adam, the gift of life was extended to many people ending death’s reign over those who believe.

Romans 5:15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ (Yeshua), overflow to the many! (NIV)

Shalom and Be Blessed

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