Chapter 1 - Our First Parents
Our first Biblical family was made in the image of the Trinity according to Genesis 1:26. ―And God said, ―let us make man in our own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Man was created in both the image and likeness of God. An image is a representation or replica of one person or thing by another. An image may be similar but not necessarily identical to its original. The term likeness is used as a gauge of comparison or analogy. When man fell, he retained an impaired image of God (Gen.9:6) Genesis 9:6: ―whosoever sheddeth man‘s, blood by man shall His blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.The Bible names our first human parents Adam (Hebrew ―man) and Eve (Hebrew ―living). God created them in His own image meaning they were ―very good, capable of relating to God and one another in love, and able to reflect the character of God in unique ways through the uniqueness of their personalities and individualities. (Gen.1: 26-27, 31) God created them with freedom of choice that Adam and Eve might experience love. I must say that freedom and love are risky. Genuine love cannot be forced, it must be wooed and won. Because God loved them and wanted their love in return, He granted them the right to say no, as well as the right to say yes, to remind Adam and Eve that He would not force them to love him, God created a voting booth of sorts in their Garden home. According to Gen. 1:15-17, the Lord God put the man (Adam) in the Garden of Eden. He put him there to work its ground and to take care of it. The Lord God gave the man a command. God told Adam he could eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden. But, Adam could not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam if he did eat the fruit, he would surely die. To eat from that tree, God warned, would represent a choice to separate themselves from Him, the Author and Sustainer of their lives, and would result in death.
In Genesis chapter 3, we are reminded of the ―”fall of man” and how Satan was given access to our first parents at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He met Eve there one day in the form of a serpent. He told her God had lied to her, that she couldn‘t trust him, that God knew that if she ate from that tree, she would become as wise as Him, become like God herself, and therefore He had warned her away from the tree because He was just plain jealous and selfish, wanting all the glory for Himself. (Gen. 3: 1-5)
Jesus in the book of John 8: 44 stated, “ye are of your Father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not In the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it”. (KJV) Even though Eve tried or did her best to remain true to God‘s command by telling the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. But, of course the serpent told Eve she would not die. Eve took the bait and she saw that the fruit of the tree was good to eat. It was also pleasing to look at. It would make a person wise. She took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband (Adam) who was with her, and, he ate it. Once Satan got Eve to doubt God, it was a small step to get her to disobey Him. Adam followed suit. They joined Satan in rebellion against God. And just as God warned, the human race plunged into a litany of destruction, devastation, divorce, despair, disease and death. And every child born to their lineage has joined in that same rebellion against God. (Romans 5:12)
Romans 5:12 ―Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
v.13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
v. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam‘s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.