Monday, June 20, 2016

Genesis Notes: Adam's Resume

Adam, figure from the Brautpforte (Rathaus Hamburg), Jacob Ungerer

The Life Application Study Bible has a great feature for major Biblical characters. They do a profile on each one including a summary of their lives, a resume style listing of information, and key verses. It really helps bring the lessons learned from each into focus. I won't reproduce the entire thing here but liked this summary for Adam.
Strengths and accomplishments:
  • The first zoologist -- namer of animals
  • The first landscape architect, placed in the garden to care for it
  • Father of the human race
  • The first person made in the image of God, and the first human to share an intimate personal relationship with God
Weaknesses and mistakes:
  • Avoided responsibility and blamed others; chose to hide rather than to confront; made excuses rather than admitting the truth
  • Greatest mistake: teamed up with Eve to bring sin into the world
Lessons from his life:
  • As Adam's descendants, we all reflect to some degree the image of God.
  • God wants people who, though free to do wrong, choose instead to love him
  • We should not blame others for our faults
  • We cannot hide from God
Vital statistics:
  • Where: Garden of Eden
  • Occupation: Caretaker, gardener, farmer
  • Relatives: Wife - Eve, Sons - Cain, Abel, Seth, numerous other children. The only man who never had an earthly mother or father
Key verses:
The man said, "The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. (Genesis 3:12)

Adam's story is told in Genesis 1:26-5:5. He is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 1:1; Luke 3:38; Romans 5:14; Corinthians 15:22, 45; 1 Timothy 2:13, 14.

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