February for many generations has been considered the month that symbolizes love. We celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in February. I recently was thinking about the first love story ever recorded; and no, its not Romeo and Juliet. It’s the story of Adam and Eve. In the second and third chapters of Genesis, we see God creating man and women. First came man and then God gave Man/Adam time to figure out that he was missing something. We’re told that man was given the job of naming all the animals. My guess is that as he went through the process of naming them, he noticed that for every male animal, God had created its counter part and helper, a female. I say “helper” because God’s command to all His creation was to be fruitful and multiply; as we all know, it takes a male and female to fulfill this command. So Man, being a highly intellectual type says, “hmmmmm?”. Well, God heard his “hmmmmm?” and caused Man to fall into a deep sleep. While Man was under anesthesia, God performs the first “rib-ectomy”. Actually we are not sure what God removed, but it came from his side. Whatever it was, God used it to fashion Man a helpmate.
We’re told that when Man sees this new creation he says “this is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Women, because she was taken out of Man.” It kinda reminds me of “Me Tarzan! You Jane!”. He calls her in the Hebrew language “Isha” because she came from “Ish”. Adam gives her his name. And of course, men and women have been doing that ever since. I believe that Adam fell in love with all his heart that very first day. It was a love that we will see left no room for compromise.
As in all family lives, everything doesn’t always work out great: so it was with Man and Women. In Genesis Chapter three, we’re told that Satan came to Woman in the form of a beautiful, but crafty serpent. He begins to dialogue with her about what God had instructed in regards to the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. I won’t go into details as to what was said because we can all read the account, but what I want to point out is that she was 100% fooled by the serpents logic and lies, hook line and sinker. This is amazing, but what is so much more amazing is that after eating of the fruit, women gives it to man and without question, he eats it. There is a lot of speculation as to why he would do such a thing, but its my belief that man recognized one thing, Eve had gone where no one should ever go and he didn’t want to be without her in any way: so he eats. This wasn’t a moment of confusion from being deceived as well. We’re told in a later passage of scripture that Eve was deceived, but not Adam.
Well, both realize that something major has changed, they saw themselves as naked and went to clothing themselves. Then one evening, as it was God’s custom, He shows up to take a walk with Man and Women in the cool of the evening, but they are no where to be found. So He calls out to them and asks “Where are you guys?” The response was “we’re hiding, cuz even though we sowed some scratchy fig leaves together for clothing, we’re still feeling shamefully naked.”
Well, the chapter goes on to say that a curse was put on all creation because sin and death came into the world and that included Man and Women. Man was told that he would work by the sweat of his brow till he dies. Women was told that she would suffer in pain bringing life into the world and that her longing would be for her husband. I’m not sure which of the two curses women found worse. But that’s another subject all together.
What man does next is what blows me away. After God pronounces the curse over Man and Women, man turns to his wife and says “you are quite a piece of work. Look what you’ve done. You have blown it for everyone. Why did God ever bring you into my life? This is never going to work between us. I want out of this marriage.” No, that’s nothing like what he said. That’s what I would have said. What Man does is the most loving and amazing act of faith that anyone could do: he renames her. Genesis 3:20 says “so Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” The name Eve comes from the Hebrew name and word “Chawah and Chayah” meaning “to breath and to live”. Adam looks into the eyes of his bride and proclaims worth. He says “Sweetheart, God is going to use you and bless a world through you. You are life.” This is the same women that brought death on all, but now out of love and faith, Adam/Man proclaims her as life and breath.
How often do we speak love and show faith like that into those who have wronged us or sinned? Yes, we all blow it, but when the fall comes, what are you proclaiming? This first man called Adam chose love and faith. 1 Peter 4: 8 says it this way “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
Jesus is called the “Last Adam”. One reason is because He, like the first Adam, chose love and faith. He saw us in our nakedness, and chose to become like us; taking on the form of sinful man. He could not imagine spending eternity without us. But He didn’t stop there, He then laid down that life to cover and cleanse our sin with His blood. He then rose from the grave to make a way for us to come home. He then gives us a new name that is written in Glory. What an amazing love story; what an amazing man.