Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 39 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 2: The Holy Spirit inspires Moses to write about the creation of the world, creatures, and mankind. We talked of the fellowship that Adam had with God and their intimate relationship prior to the fall. Next, we spoke of Paul and his presentation of the righteousness of God given him “at that time” (KJV, Romans 3:26). We concluded through scriptures that all men prior to Paul’s presentation of righteousness, did not understand the righteousness of God. Lastly, we spoke of Isaiah, who instructed the Israelites about God’s design for our understanding and how it would be presented: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (KJV, Isaiah 28:10).

Part 3

Adam fell when he bit the fruit of the forbidden tree. Did he know it was wrong? Yes, God had commanded him, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (KJV, Genesis 2:16-17). We know that Adam knew this commandment because we can clearly see his actions; when God came in the cool of the day to speak with Adam. “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden” (KJV, Genesis 3:8). He knew what he had done and hid because of the fear that he felt. Did he know he would die spiritually or physically?

The consequences of his sin included: “…cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (KJV, Genesis 3:17-19). “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…he drove out the man…” (KJV, Genesis 3:23-24).

Adam was fearful of the presence of the Lord after his mistake and he watched as God killed animals before him to make clothing. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (KJV, Genesis 3:21). How did God sacrifice these animals? Did Adam who had just finished disobeying God watch as God made these clothing? Did Adam tremble with terror? God did say: “…for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (KJV, Genesis 2:17).

As he was driven from his home, Eden, was he fearful of the world outside this garden? How would he get his water to drink? How would he get his food for nourishment? How would he provide for his wife? Did Adam know that the animal sacrifice that he just witnessed spoke of Christ? Did he understand a plan had been made because of his disobedience? Did he know that God himself would need to die because of a mouthful of fruit?

Adam faced a new world than the one he knew. He had to acquire skills to survive. Thorns and thistles could harm him. Poisonous plants and danger surrounded him. Did he hold onto anger because his wife encouraged his sin? Did he forgive her? He was quick to blame her when God asked him why he was disobedient. Could he trust her now, in this unknown world he was faced with? Did Adam suffer, from the loss of the fellowship he had with Christ? Did he lose sleep over his failure? Was the weight of his error heavy upon him? What did he know?

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