Eternal Poet

Once-In-An-Eternity Personality

In Adam and Eve, Imagination on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

Of all the personalities to come from an infinite God with infinite creativity – came forth Adam and Eve. The depth of  options for God to create a personality hurts me to think about. God’s infinite combination of personalities were intentionally sorted down to two types.

Adam and Eve’s genetic make-up was not an accident. They didn’t accidentally become themselves. God not only gave them breath of life, but instilled a once-in-an-eternity personality in each of them. As His first human creations, He formed them to be themselves. For this is how He created them. And they did the best they could while being themselves. God has also done this with you! He has chosen specific characteristics for you to be who you are. Everything good about you was intentionally created by God as part of your design.

Imagine the oxygen, colors, animals, water from a new earth. Now imagine losing all of it. Imagine being banished from it and inheriting a decaying world with allergies and airborne illness, faded colors, angry animals, and undrinkable water.

God loved them and trusted them to do the right thing. They were designed for that day and time. They disobeyed God and lost it all; including God’s presence. Instead, they were left with His essence. God hid His face beyond the 10 dimensions of space and time. One day they saw God, and the next they only heard Him walking in the cool of the day:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-8

Never having felt shame to suddenly having shame poured over you is severe. The Imagination had to work overtime to make sense from new sensations and feelings of separation from God. And perhaps it was this separation which was true shame. Randy Elrod proposes, “What if they [Adam and Eve] were ashamed of what they had lost (an intimate connection) rather than ashamed of their nakedness” (Sex, Lies & Religion, p30)?

This separation would last until Jesus died on the cross for us. As Francis A. Schaeffer points out, “The separations that resulted from man’s Fall were bought to their climax as Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, being bruised and bearing our sins in substitution, cried aloud: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mt. 27:46)” (Genesis in Space and Time, p106).

After Jesus cried these words, He forced victory through His lips with “It is finished” (John 19:30). The separation had ended. The direct relationship of humanity with their Creator was reunited. But Adam and Eve could’ve only dreamt of such a day. i wonder if they dared to imagine such a redeemed reality. As for their reality, they had plenty to think about.


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