Adam did one thing right

Adam did one thing right:  He answered God when God called to him…

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”  So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”  (Genesis 3:9-10)

This, of course, was after the first man and first woman danced with the devil, disobeyed their Maker, and disguised themselves as trees.  But when the Holy One spoke to them in their sinful condition, at least they responded.  The rest is history, sinful history of man’s own making, during which even God’s chosen people eventually turned a deaf ear to Him:

For behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.  (Jeremiah 16:12)

Again, at least Adam said something.

Adam knew the truth.  He could not keep quiet when God spoke to him.  He could not hide forever and he had a pretty good idea of how long that might last, thanks to the tree of life.  So he answered God, now armed with the understanding of good and evil, no thanks to the tree of knowledge of those two things.

I think sometimes we’re too hard on Adam.  I mean, he did man up and answer God!  I’m certainly not defending him – he and his wife blew it for all mankind.  Yet in spite of that, the Father still loved and cared for them, and they remained on speaking terms with Him.

There’s redemption in this story and it began with the first recorded post-fall prayer:  God and Adam talking about right and wrong, the man in fear for his life, the Creator with mercy for His creation.  It would take thousands of years until the right Man – the last Adam – would come along and straighten out the sinful mess once and for all…

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.”  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  (I Corinthians 15:45)

But for now, in the beginning, at least the Father and first son were praying together.

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