Children’s Study – Adam and Eve – Part 3
Adam and Eve – Part 3
by Victor Torres
Hello, children. Last week you were taught by Steven about Cain and Abel, and I want to thank him for that. He taught you that all the stories of the Bible including the story of Cain and Abel are about two men: the first man Adam and the last man Adam.
In part 2 of Adam and Eve, I taught you that the Bible is our story and everyone’s story.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam [the first Adam] all die, even so in Christ [the last Adam] shall all be made alive.
So Steven and I are saying the same thing.
We have to remember that this is all the work of God. He is the one who gave us a sinful body made out of earth, and He is the one who will give us a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 The first man was named Adam, and the Scriptures tell us that he was a living person. But Jesus, who may be called the last Adam, is a life-giving spirit.
1Co 15:48 Everyone on earth has a body like the body of the one who was made from the dust of the earth. And everyone in heaven has a body like the body of the one who came from heaven.
1Co 15:49 Just as we are like the one who was made out of earth, we will be like the one who came from heaven.
So the Bible is a story of what God is doing to us, to all of us. Knowing that God can and will do everything that He wants, we should be very interested in knowing what He is doing to us.
Today we will learn more about the first Adam. This means we will learn more about ourselves when we are still in Adam and not in Christ yet.
Gen 2:21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
Gen 2:22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Gen 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Last time we learned that the relationship between a husband and a wife is code word for the relationship between the Father and the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘One flesh’ means having ‘one mind’. This means the wife must obey her husband in all things as the Lord obeyed the Father in all things. The husband must love the wife as himself, just as the Father loves the Lord and all that is in Him.
We also learned that the relationship between Adam and Eve as husband and wife is code word for Christ’s relationship as the head of His body, the church.
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
The Lord was sent to save the whole world, but He will start with His body first.
1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
He is changing how we think first, to have the same mind as Him. When He does that, whatever is important to Him will be important to us. And whatever is not important to Him will not be important to us anymore.
His ‘body’ will be saved in the first resurrection and then after that, everyone else will be saved in the second resurrection.
Let’s expand our vocabulary:
- resurrection – (noun) – bringing dead people back into life.
- resurrection synonyms: rebirth, restoration, reawakening
We want to be in the first resurrection, because those who are in the first resurrection will rule the whole world for a thousand years and also in the second resurrection.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests [teachers] of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Those who will be in the second resurrection will be ruled over and taught by those who are in the first resurrection. This is our condition first before He decides to change how we think.
Gen 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Naked is another code word, kids. Let’s see what it means:
Rev 3:17 Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
‘Naked’ is being like Cain. We say to ourselves that we are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. We work the earth and try to give God the things coming from our own works. If we say we are the one who did the works, God will not accept our offering. Abel is the exact opposite. Abel knew that everything comes from God. As Steven has taught you, Abel was completely relying on God for the animals he’s taking care of to grow. When we offer our good works to God and we say that these good works are coming from Him, then He will accept our offering.
Php 2:13 God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey him.
But He is also the one who causes us to disobey Him at first.
Isa 63:17 Why did you make us turn away from you, our LORD? Why did you make us want to disobey you? Please change your mind! We are your servants, your very own people.
Remember the condition of the earth at first?
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
‘Without form’ means useless or worthless. ‘Void’ means empty or lifeless. So God is telling us the same thing about this life without Him.
‘Blind’ means we are in darkness. We don’t know the truth when we are born. We can read the Bible all we want, but unless someone from the body of Christ teaches us these truths that God has hidden from us, we will not learn them.
Notice this, kids: the man and the woman were both naked. That means all mankind; men and women, are born this way. All of us are given a sinful body and a sinful mind at first. Our Lord Jesus Christ was also given the same sinful body as we have. That’s why He said this while He was here on earth:
Luk 18:18 And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luk 18:19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
Our Lord know that this physical body, the flesh that we are given, is sinful and cannot share in God’s Kingdom. That’s why He never celebrated His birthday.
1Co 15:50 What I mean, friends, is that what is made of flesh and blood cannot share in God’s Kingdom, and what is mortal cannot possess immortality.
Let’s expand our vocabulary:
- mortal – (adjective) – dying, can die
- mortal synonym: perishable, physical, earthly
- immortal is the opposite of mortal, someone who cannot die
There is nothing to celebrate about our birth in this sinful body.
Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.
The true followers of Jesus Christ also do not celebrate their birthdays, because we follow His example.
1Pe 2:21 It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps.
This sinful body is also called the body of death. This sinful body makes us disobey God.
Rom 7:22 My inner being delights in the law of God.
Rom 7:23 But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body.
Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver (or save) me from this body of death?
After He was resurrected from the dead, our Lord was given a spiritual body. But we have to remember that even though our Lord was given a sinful body when He was born in the flesh, He never had a sinful mind. He is the only human who did not sin.
1Pe 2:22 He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips.
This is not true about us. We are first given a sinful mind before we are given the mind of Christ.
Notice this too, kids: it says that the man and the woman were not ashamed that they were naked. This is because at first, we do not know that we were created sinful.
Psa 51:5 (NIV): Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Let’s expand our vocabulary:
- conceive – (verb) – become pregnant with
- conceive synonyms: form, originate, create
We learned last time that at first, all we can think about is to have fun, become rich or become famous. Thinking this way is being carnally minded. This is also called death.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
There is nothing wrong with having fun, but if that is all we can think of, we will forget to serve God and others.
There is nothing wrong with being rich, there are some members of the body of Christ that God has blessed with physical riches, but that should not be our goal in life. We should always be content with what God has given us.
Heb 13:5 Don’t fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.
Our goal should be to obey His commandments.
Psa 119:36 Make me want to obey you, rather than to be rich.
Psa 119:37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
If all we can think of is to have fun in this life, we will be enemies of Jesus and we will end up wasting our lives.
Php 3:18 I have told you this many times before, and now I repeat it with tears: there are many whose lives make them enemies of Christ’s death on the cross.
Php 3:19 They are going to end up in ruins [meaning their lives on this earth will be a waste] because their god is their bodily desires. [did you see that kids? There are people today whose god is whatever they want. So anything that is more important to you than to obey God, whether it is to have fun, or to become rich or famous, that is your god (the Bible also calls this idols of the heart)]. They are proud of what they should be ashamed of [like Adam and Eve who were naked but they were not ashamed of that], and they think only of things that belong to this world.
We should not be proud of things that belong to this world.
Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Years are all things that belong to this world. The Bible calls them the traditions of men.
Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the dippings of pots and cups. And many other such things you do.
During those days the traditions of men were celebrating the Jewish holy days, including the sabbath. They also celebrated birthdays during the early days. The pharaoh of Egypt celebrated his birthday (Gen 40:20), Job’s sons celebrated their birthdays (Job 1:4) as did King Herod during the time when our Lord lived on this earth (Mat 14:6). One thing I want you to notice, kids, is that all these people in the Bible who celebrated their birthdays were not godly men. Today the traditions of men include celebrating Christmas, Easter and Halloween.
My daughter asked me a very good question one night. She asked me “Why did they want to kill Christ?” So I showed her this verse:
Joh 5:18 Then, because of this, the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the sabbath, but also said that God was His father, making Himself equal with God.
Did you see that, kids? The religious leaders back in those days wanted to kill Jesus Christ because He did not celebrate their traditions. The same thing happens today. The religious leaders of this world want to kill Christ. Christ is present today through His body. They want to spiritually kill us by proving us wrong. If anyone tries to teach you that it is OK to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween or any tradition of men, ask them where we can find in the Bible where it says so. Ask them where you can find in the Bible that Jesus celebrated His birthday or where any of His followers celebrated their birthday.
Mar 7:9 And He said to them, Do you do well to set aside the commandment of God, so that you may keep your own tradition?
If we shouldn’t think only of things that belong to this world, what do we parents want our kids to think about?
We want you to think about knowing the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It makes us happy seeing you here studying the words of life.
Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life.
We want you to think of things that will come after this life. You have to remember that this life is only temporary. The life to come will be permanent. In the life to come, we will be given a spirit body, and a spirit body doesn’t need a big house, fancy clothes or expensive cars. We don’t want you to live your lives going after these things.
1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain,
1Ti 6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
1Ti 6:8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
Let’s expand our vocabulary:
- content – (adjective) – in a state of peaceful happiness
- content synonyms: satisfied, fulfilled
1Ti 6:9 But those who desire [want] to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare [a trap], into many senseless and harmful desires [wants] that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
We want you to be prayerful. We want you to always thank God for everything He has given you and ask Him for everything that you need.
Psa 22:5 When they cried out for help, you saved them, and you did not let them down when they depended on you.
We want you to do well in your studies. Not because we want you to be rich, but because studying hard will prepare you to get a job or build a business when you become adults. Having a job or a business will let you provide for your own family, which is what God wants us to do.
1Ti 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel [unbeliever].
Now you are still young and cannot work yet, but you can still help with household chores and help your younger brother or sister in their studies. We want you to obey us in everything because this makes God happy.
Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
In the next few weeks, Lord willing, we will see how Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the reasons why they did it and their punishment for their disobedience.
Other related posts
- Will Satan And His Angels Be Saved? (March 28, 2009)
- Why Was Israel Given Both Sin And Trespass Offerings? (July 1, 2008)
- Why Was Eve Deceived but Not Adam? (July 21, 2014)
- Who Was Cains Wife? (May 23, 2011)
- Who Is My Brother? (October 5, 2008)
- Where Did Cain Find His Wife? (March 6, 2008)
- Was Adam Made Subject To Vanity? (May 26, 2005)
- The Trespass Offering (September 1, 2010)
- Names In Scripture (October 6, 2008)
- Mortal Adam And The Two Trees In Eden (April 20, 2005)
- Made In His Image (April 18, 2005)
- How Can God Kill And Still Love? (April 21, 2009)
- Four Stages Of Mans Free Will (November 7, 2008)
- Did God Give Adam Dominion Over His Flesh? (November 21, 2015)
- Children's Study - Adam and Eve - Part 3 (May 4, 2015)
- Children's Studies - Adam and Eve, Part 4 (May 11, 2015)
- Can Mankind Love God Without Free Will? (March 28, 2008)
- Are We All Failures? (November 18, 2009)
- Are The Seraphim Evil Spirits? (June 3, 2009)