Monday, June 28, 2010

Adam Was First

The first human created was male.

"...then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." ~ Genesis 2:7

Some believe that the creation account is only poetic, but it is clear that the first Christians believed it to be literal.

"Thus it is written, The First man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. . . The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven." ~ 1 Corinthians 14:45, 47

It meant responsibility (it was the male who was first told to tend the garden before the female was created).

It meant authority, "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercize authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve;" ~ 1 Timothy 2:11-13a

It meant accountability, for, while the female bore the responsibility of being deceived, it was male who God called to first after their sin, "But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" (Gen. 3:9)

It was the male, not the female, through which sin entered our race and marred our character, and it is through the male that salvation has come to humanity, "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Cor. 15:22)