Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Gospel in the creation of Adam and Eve
We tend to think of the gospel as Yeshua’s death and resurrection forgetting that the story is not yet complete. The gospel includes the promise of Yeshua’s return for His bride and ultimately, the creation of a new heaven and earth. In the creation of Adam and Eve, we see God’s entire redemption plan.
The creation of Adam was different than the creation of everything else. God spoke everything into existence except Adam. With Adam, God got personally involved. God formed Adam from the dust of the ground.
Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)
The word formed comes from the Hebrew word yatsar, יצר, which means to mold as a potter! To emphasize this, yatzar is spelled with an extra yood, י, in this verse yatzar is spelled ייצר. In the original Hebrew alphabet, the yood was a hand. By using two yoods, we see that God used His two hands to form Adam. What does this have to do with Yeshua? Like Adam, Yeshua’s creation is unique. The Holy Spirit, Yeshua refers to as the finger of God, is the agent of Mary’s conception. Once again, God got personally involved!
But, it was not good that Adam was alone! Again, what does this have to do with Yeshua? God says that the purpose of creation was for Yeshua!
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (KJV)
We also notice that Adam was given dominion over the earth before Eve was created. So, Yeshua has dominion over all creation before the building of His bride.
So, Adam was put into a deep sleep.
Ge 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. (NKJV)
The word for “deep sleep” is tardemah which comes from the word radam meaning to stun or stupefy into sleep or death. In other words, tardemah is just this side of death. Adam symbolically died to give life to his bride who Adam named Chaya. That’s right her name isn’t Eve; it’s Chaya. Chaya means life. Adam’s bride whom he named life came from out of his flesh.
Jesus, the final Adam, did die to give life to His bride. And we are like Eve, both the body and the bride of Christ.
Ge 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (KJV)
Out of the sleep and waking of Adam, comes forth Eve or life. Out of the death and resurrection of Yeshua, the final Adam, comes forth life.
But this just takes us through Yeshua’s death and resurrection. What about His return for His bride? We see that in Adam’s words as he looks on Chaya (Eve) for the first time.
Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (KJV)
What was Adam talking about here? He didn’t have a father and mother to leave! Even the first customs of man and wife have the wife leaving her family and joining the man in his home not the other way around! There are a couple of ways to look at this including that the man leaves his father and mother when he takes on the responsibility of a family of his own. But prophetically, this looks forward to Yeshua coming for His bride. Paul tells us that this verse refers to Yeshua and the Ekklesia, the assembly.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (NKJV)
Yeshua leaves His Father in heaven and comes for His bride. And we shall be one flesh! The word cleave is dabaq, דבק, which means to cling, adhere or join. As Yeshua’s bride He will join Himself to us! We read of Yeshua praying for His future bride before His death and resurrection.
Joh 17:20 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (NKJV)
One last point, let’s take a minute and look at the “making” of Eve. The word “made” in Genesis 2:22 referring to God making Eve is banah, בנה, which means to build. God built Eve just like He builds Yeshua’s bride the church!
Eph 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJV)
As we wait for Yeshua to come and claim us as His bride, God is building us up to be that bride—that bride that Adam names “Life” because she is the mother of all living. And through our testimony as the bride, we spread life to the rest of the world.
Shalom and be blessed
Dan & Brenda Cathcart
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