Last week, because it was Independence Day, we took a break from the current in-depth look at Bible Characters. But the week before that, we looked at Eve and her example that she wanted sin more than she wanted God and that we should place God first and foremost in our lives. This week, we’re going to take a look at Adam.
What can the first man teach us?
Genesis 1: 26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”
We were made in God’s image. Man here means mankind. Yes, Adam as the male was created first, but woman was created from his ribs. We were both created in God’s image according to His likeness.
After He created Man, God looked at all He had created and said that it was very good. Even at this moment, God knew that we were going to let sin enter in. He saw my sins ,your sins, Adam’s sins, Eve’s sins and yet He still chose to create us. He could have easily said, “You’re going to choose sin instead of me and rebel against your creator. Nope. I’m going to start over.” But He didn’t. God wanted to create us because He longed to have a relationship with us.
What else can we learn about Adam and his relationship with God? Well, for starters, God didn’t just create him and drop him in the middle of nowhere. We see in Genesis 2:8-9 God’s tenderness toward Adam. “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.”
God loved Adam so much that He created a special place for Adam to live—Eden. It was perfect. God planted this garden for Adam to dwell, and then God took care of Adam’s needs—He made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
Try to imagine the most beautiful scenery in the world. A sight that you would love to visit or a place you’ve been too before that just took your breath away. Pleasant to the sight—think about what that means for a moment. It means that it was not just good for food, but this garden was pleasant to look at. Adam likely felt joy just from being in this garden and everything was as it was meant to be. There was no death or decay—everything was perfect.
But God didn’t just tend to Adam’s physical needs by providing food and shelter. Genesis 2:20 says, “So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But to Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.” So, when Adam was lonely, you know what God said and did?
Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Then, God brought every animal to Adam to find him a companion, but when none were found, God put Adam in a deep sleep. He took one of Adam’s ribs, healed the wound, and used the rib to create Woman.
When Adam was lonely, God provided him with a companion. God cared for Adam in every area of his life and gave Adam whatever he needed. Adam didn’t even have to ask—God automatically provided it for him.
Are you trusting God to care for your needs today? God is more than capable of helping you—not just with food and shelter, but when you’re hurting and going through difficult times. God is there to help us!
The same God who breathed the entire universe into existence—stars and planets and trees and puppies and deer and elephants and fish and birds and whales—everything on earth was created by Him and for Him. Yet He loved you enough to create you. To form you in your mother’s womb. He knows your needs before you do.
God will take care of you!