Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 1
Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles
Genesis 1:6 – 2:7
Now we’ll be picking up again in Genesis 1:26, as that’s where we left off in our last lesson. Remember we merely spoke of the fact that the plural pronoun here in this verse referred to the Triune God, – God the Father – God the Son, – God the Holy Spirit.
We’re going to find that the Triune God is going to create a creature after His own image. Now this is hard for us to comprehend because at this point in time, God is Spirit. As we pointed out a few weeks ago, He was an invisible Spirit Being. Now you can’t very well make an image of something that is invisible, and yet God did. I think the point taken is that you and I, as members of the human race, even though we think of ourselves as someone we can see, and we’re a visible image, yet the real you, the real me, is invisible.
The best way to do that is by putting these three circles on the chalkboard. Let’s divide man into what the Scripture calls him, Body, Soul, and Spirit.
Now in order to pick that up Scripturally, we need to turn to the Book of I Thessalonians, chapter 5. I know there are some theologians that speak of man as simply “spirit.” Others will say, “No, man is soul.” Then there are others who, like myself, will say, “You can divide soul and spirit, because the Bible does.” Now I know there is a very close affinity between the soul and the spirit, and yet the Scripture does divide them. The reason we’re looking at these verses is merely to establish that the Scripture does speak of man as being, Body, Soul, and Spirit.
I Thessalonians 5:23
“And the very God of peace sanctity you wholly; (or completely) and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So there you have the three parts that make up mankind in the body, soul, and spirit. Now come on over to another verse in Hebrews chapter 4, and let’s drop in at verse 12. The Scripture divides the soul from the spirit, they are not one in the same, although they certainly have a close affinity, and it is hard to make a difference between them, but the Scripture does.
“For the word of God is quick, (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, (The Word of God is able to separate between the soul and spirit) and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
So man if I may take you back again to Genesis chapter 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…”
Not so much in the physical body appearance, because we know nothing of God having a body or a physical appearance, but the image is in the area of the soul and spirit which are invisible!
Now what I like to do in order to make this a little plainer and easier to understand is that in the area of man’s soul we again become a trinity of sort, and here is definitely the invisible. And that is we are made up of the mind, the will, and the emotions. Now usually if you go into a college psychology course, those are the first things that you will learn. I like to call that make up the soul. If you will analyze these three words carefully, you suddenly realize that they are all definite enmities.
We certainly have a mind, and there’s no doubt about its invisible. You can put brain cells under a microscope, surgeons can look at the brain and even determine what little parts of the brain make other body functions operate, but yet the mind is invisible. No one has ever been able to put the mind on a table and examine it.
It’s the same way with our will. The will is a definite entity or you wouldn’t be here today, because you came by the exercise of the will. But you can’t put your finger on the will, you can’t see it, nor analyze it, because it’s invisible.
It’s the same way with our seat of emotions. The emotions are the things that make us cry, laugh, happy, and sad. They are certainly bonafide entities. It’s something that we know is there, and yet we can never see it.
Now these three aspects then of our innermost being is what I like to call the personality, or the real you. Now is that hard to comprehend? Put this also then into the three members of the Godhead. “God the Father – God the Son – God the Holy Spirit” Each one of those have enough Scriptural verses to back me up when I say that God the Father has mind, will and emotions. God the Son has mind will and emotions. God the Holy Spirit is also a person, and He too has mind, will and emotions. Now that’s what makes a personality, and it was in that area of the person that we’re created in the image of God, because God has all of these attributes. Now doesn’t that help?
Now when God created Adam, and He gave Adam that invisible personality, He also placed within Adam a spirit concept that would connect Adam with his Creator, or with God. So right from the beginning Adam has total and complete fellowship with his Creator. Now the body is just simply as the Bible calls it, a tabernacle. It’s a temporary dwelling place. Another word for tabernacle is the simple word, tent. A tent is certainly not very permanent, but rather it’s something that you use temporarily, and that’s what our body is. Our body is just a tent in which God has placed a person, the personality, the invisible personality of the mind, will and the emotions.
God also put along side of it, a spirit entity that is capable of communication and fellowship with his Creator. The body is something that is just functional in only what I like to refer to as the five senses. You take away the five senses and what do you have? You have a vegetable. If you can’t smell, see, hear, taste, or touch then you’re nothing. A tent then is all the body becomes with it’s five senses. It’s a tent, it’s a temporary dwelling place for the real you and the real me.
Now the other point we have to make is that since this is the direct creation of God, and comes straight from the heart of God, then that makes it eternal. This soul part of us will never die. It’s as eternal as God is eternal. Now we’re introduced to this right off the bat in the book of Genesis because it naturally follows that since God has created man with a will, it is for the purpose of making a choice. And it’s going to be a choice between being obedient to God or we can be disobedient. And man is left with that exercise of the will.
Now, starting out Adam is created sinless, perfect, he has a body that will never have to die. He’s got a soul that is in perfect fellowship and communion with God as is his spirit. He is a perfect creation. Now, all of this to say, as we said in our last half hour, God is creating mankind as the very epitome, the very crowning act of creation. We are created in the image of God, given a will, so that we can choose to either be obedient or disobedient and the whole concept of this thing boils down to the very attitude of marriage in the human relationship.
In other words, God has already had myriads of angels. But the angels were never beings that He could fellowship with, or He could have love extended and love returned. But now He’s going to create mankind for the soul purpose, by giving him a will, and by man choosing to be obedient to his Creator, the Creator will have someone that He can fellowship with, He can extend love to, for all eternity. As I see scripture, this is the primary reason for man being created in the first place. God wants a creature that He can love and will see that love returned.
Now, I said it comes right down to the marriage relationship. And we are living in a time where marriage and the home is under ferocious Satanic attack. And that’s all it is. But yet, if you’ll turn with me, and I want to use this verse for a twofold purpose. First, to help our attitude concerning marriage and the home and the husband/wife relationship, but also to establish that this is the reason that man was put here in the first place. Because the relationship is so much the same.
Turn back with me, if you will, to Ephesians. The letter of Paul to the Ephesians in chapter 5. And I know over the years I’ve had a lot of young people in my classes, single people, and especially to the young men, I will always direct this particular portion of Scripture. I am of the mentality that if a home survives or doesn’t survive, I blame the man. Now, I know there may be alternatives to that, but for the most part, I think the success or the failure of the home and marriage is primarily the man’s responsibility. Here in this passage Paul is dealing with this very thing – the marriage relationship.
“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
Now I always have to stop there for a moment. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to be a slave and have to be a gopher. It merely means that the woman recognizes that God has ordained that the man is to be the head of the home. Now, he’s not to be a task master, nor a slave master. But he is simply given that place of authority. And lest we abuse it, all we have to do is look at the succeeding verses. And what does it say?
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (There’s the key) 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”
Not just of the soul, and that’s what most of us have heard over the years – the salvation of the soul. And that’s all that too many spiritual people, theologians, concern themselves with. But what they’re missing is that God is just a concerned about our body. We’re going to have a new body someday, but until we do, it’s not just the salvation of the soul God is concerned with, but with the whole person – the body, the soul and the spirit. And in this verse he says he is the saviour of the body. Now verse 24.
“Therefore as the church (the body of Christ) is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be (subject) to their own husbands in everything.”
Now when you bring this in to that same relationship as the Church is to Christ and Christ is to the church, between the husband and the wife, there is no room for abuse of that authority or of the submission. Everything is just so perfectly ordained, if we will just do it God’s way. Alright now verse 25. And this is the verse that I use for putting the responsibility on the husband.
“Husbands, love your wives,….”
Now, I’ve told young men that over and over again. That is a commandment that the husband is to love his wife. And do you know what? The Scripture never tells the wife to love the husband. Never! Now, I know Peter says that mothers are to instruct their daughters on how to love their husbands, but that’s a far cry from commanding it. The reason is, and this is why I tie this in with Genesis chapter 1, just as surely as God put man on the scene with a will, that when God would extend His love and His Grace and blessings on this creature, God expected love returned.
It’s the same way in the marriage relationship. I still maintain that with rare exceptions, if the husband will truly love his wife, scripturally, as Christ loves the Church, then it automatically follows that the wife is going to respond to that love. If a woman doesn’t there is something wrong with her. Because God has created within the woman that responsiveness that when the man extends his love, she’s going to respond and you have a happy relationship. It just can’t be otherwise. But it all began back here when God created man and the whole concept is He’s going to give us a will. And God is going to give us the very best that He can give. And what does He expect in return? Obedience. That’s all He asks for.
Now if you will, let’s come back to Genesis and for the few moments that are left, come back to chapter 1, seeing that he was given, as we mentioned last week, dominion over all of creation, under God, naturally. And this is why God has given him the mind and the will and a set of emotions. So that as a created being he has all the capabilities for this dominion. I don’t think any of us can really understand the tremendous intelligence and the perfection of this man, Adam. He had everything going for him. He was, for all practical purposes, immortal. He wouldn’t have had to die. He was made incorrupt. There wasn’t a corrupt cell in his body. Everything was put in place that he could have lived forever. Now I say, “could have”. That was his potential. But what did God also know? That he wouldn’t! But that’s beside the point. God puts him on the scene with that opportunity of living forever. He could have been the progenitor of a perfect race of beings. It was his potential.
Now then, in verse 27 we are introduced to a thought that a lot of people can’t quite comprehend. And that is that when God created Adam, within Adam, were both the male and the female. Look what the next verse says.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Now we’re not going to come to the creation of Eve until quite a few verses down the road. The verse that woke me up to this several years ago is this one. Let’s go to Genesis chapter 5. What I try to get folks to do as they read and study their Bible is analyze every single word. And that’s when things start popping up at you. If you just simply read to be reading, you miss 90% of it. But here in Genesis chapter 5, I suppose it was while I was teaching, because that’s when I see these things a lot of time. I can be reading to a class and here it comes. Well, here is one of them.
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him. (This is a re-cap or a summarization. Now verse 2) 2. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, (now watch the plural pronoun) and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”
He didn’t call them Adam and Eve. Not even Adam and woman. But he blessed them and called their name Adam.
Now, if you’ll come back with me again to chapter 2 and Adam has already had all the created beings, the animals and so forth, brought before him so that he could name them. Now if you don’t think that took some intelligence, I’d like to know what did. And so many of the species, as we still know them today, their original name goes all the way back to Adam. Now look at it. Adam is still alone. He hasn’t gotten a help mete yet. But let’s look at verse 18.
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will (that’s a future tense verb. He’ll do that later in the chapter) make him an help meet for him.” (Someone that would be called along side to help.)
“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. 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.”
Now, get the timing here. Adam has already been on the scene long enough and the animal creatures have come to a maturity of sorts. I don’t think they necessarily had to be created in maturity, but now God is bringing them all before Adam so that he could put a name on them. Now, I think it follows, just like it did at the flood, that all these creatures came two by two. And poor old Adam realizes that even the animal kingdom and the birds and everything else, have already gotten their mate, but he is alone. Have you ever thought of it that way? Everything is coming before him in pairs. And I imagine Adam’s heart was just about going out – “Now God, why is it that everything in your creation has it’s own mate, but I’m still just one.” This is what touched the very heart of God when it says in verse 18 that “It is not good that the man should be alone”.
So, now after seeing all of these creatures come by, realizing that they’ve already had their mate assigned to them, now God says, “Adam, we’re going to do the same for you.”Now, we won’t have time to go into the details of that. We’ll wait until next week to do that. But I just want you to realize that Adam now is created body, soul, and spirit, a three part entity or a trinity if you want to refer to it as that. And within that there is another trinity of sorts in the mind, the will and emotion. His spirit is in complete fellowship and communion with his God. His body is perfect. His mind is perfect.
He is a tremendous individual, but within Adam is both the male and the female. Now, we haven’t got time and probably not even in the next half hour, to really bring out the necessity of that. It had to be that way. Because you see, turn back with me to Romans chapter 5. Whenever we begin to deliberate about something in the Old Testament, and Genesis in particular, you’ve got to literally run to the New Testament to find the answer, and the reason for it.
Romans chapter 5:12a
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;…”
Have you stopped to realize that it doesn’t say, “that by two people sin entered?” It doesn’t say by Adam and Eve sin entered into the world.” And even though Eve ate first, the Bible never gives Eve the blame for it, but rather the New Testament tells us that all the blame is on Adam who brought sin and death into the human race.
Next week we’re going to look at why Adam had to contain the progenitors, or the cell make up of the female, even before she was created, and we’ll have all the Scriptural answers for it.