In the beginning God was complete unto Himself, yet He wanted that we might know and experience His love.  In this love He builds a house, the universe and the world, just for us.  In the story of creation we see in the first three days God building a foundation for His house:  1Day/Night, 2Water/Earth, 3Vegetation.  Upon this foundation God forms the home we live in 4Sun/Moon/Stars, 5Sea/Land/Air creatures, 6Man/Woman.  To finish the seven day covenant God establishes a place for Himself in the 7Sabbath.  This is the day to which all creation points, the day on which all creation gives thanks, the day on which man and woman are to worship God, give thanks, and rest.  All of creation was for man and woman, and to give glory to God.

God ‘breathes’ life into creation.  From the in ‘side‘ of the Father life was created.  We were created to reflect his goodness.  Man and woman are the pinnacle of His creation, ‘in the likeness of Himself’.  Promises of life are given them.  ‘Do not eat of the tree in the middle of the garden’.  We must consider that the tree in the middle of the garden is not a physical tree but a symbol.  Man and woman are the tree, and the ‘fruit of the tree’ is: their heart, their identity, their femininity and masculinity.

The first act called forth from ADAM, the priest-king, is to offer worship and seal the covenant by ‘keeping the SABBATH’.   God makes an ‘Oath Promise’: ‘I will care for you and walk with you in the garden if you obey me’.  God covenants Himself to the cosmos in the very act of this sevenfold creation.  The world was to be a holy place for God’s indwelling presence.   Man’s priestly worship in sacrifice re-covenants the world and their lives.  The world is God’s Macro-Temple, and Adam and Eve’s body His Micro-Temple.

Adam and Eve are the first Father and first Mother.  Eve is formed from the heart of Adam.  She gets the best piece of Adam: PRIME RIB.  The first night is their first day of rest and betrothal.  It is the night of the marriage covenant, and consummation.  Adam was commanded to keep ‘protect’ all in the garden’.  This meant especially his covenantal sign, his wife, Eve.  Adam was to offer the first sacrifice so to establish the eternal covenant for mankind.  That was to lay down his life for his sheep, his family, and his wife Eve.

              Satan wanted Adam and Eve dead.  Spiritual death could not be inflicted by the serpent so he works against Adam and Eve’s will and their bodies.   In their response to the serpent it is clear Adam and Eve dreaded death.  God did not intend the Garden of Eden to be their final state.  God had placed Adam on probation and required of him a test.  Adam’s mortification required more than simple self-denial.

Left to his own resources Adam is no match for Satan.  Nothing is said of Adam crying out to God in his distress.  Adam was to lay down his life for Eve as Jesus was to lay down His life for His Bride.  Adam succumbs to pride and falls back upon his own resources.  The Father would not have forsaken his Son in his hour of need if Adam had cooperated with grace and called upon God for help: “My God my God why have you forsaken me”.

              Failure to live up to the covenant brings on the curse.  The curse for Adam and Eve is to toil and encounter sweat, thorns, and nakedness: till the soil untill you return to the ground“.  Jesus takes on the curse to redeem us with His sweat and blood, thorns, and nakedness.  Falling into a ‘deep sleep’ Jesus returns to the ground, in ‘death’, and ‘from His sid’e comes the New Eve, the Church.

The Creation Covenant reminds us of God’s undying love, and His desire to share that love with His creation most particularly in Adam, Eve, and their offspring.  God’s desire is not only for us to share a Paradise here on earth but with Him in the Eternal Paradise.  The test of Adam and Eve is seen in every future covenant.  The test is in our faithfulness as our promises proclaim.   May the Lord strengthen us in faithfulness by His faithfulness.

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