The First G.O.A.T. has Some Lessons for Me (and You)
He was the first G.O.A.T. – but to be completely fair, he was the O.O.A.T. So, not just the Greatest of All Times (up to his time), he was also the Only One of All Times. I am referring to the one with no man before him, Adam. And with no other competition, of course he was the G.O.A.T.
Now that the little twist to get your attention is past – let me get to my point. What lessons does he have for me?
As I look at Genesis 2:15-3:1, I see four big lessons about Biblical manhood that challenge me, that give me an insight to what God desires, that show me how to be a better man for my wife.
The Man of God Listens … vs. 15-17 … Do you see? God spoke and there is the expectation to listen. Do you listen to Him? Open His Word and ask to hear fresh and powerful messages that pierce the heart. The man listens
The Man of God Labors … vs. 15 … He works, serves the Lord. He has a job and that its important to realize we are not to. Sit back and be lazy.
The Man of God Loves … vs. 24 … One flesh, shared life, sacrificially giving (his rib) to the one with which he cleaves.
The Man of God Leads … vs. 3.1 … The Hebrew implies Adam was there as Eve was seduced. He should have led in the situation. He should have spoke the Word given and gotten truth out in the open – DON’T EAT the fruit.
At times, I need to work on one area over the other. But Adam gives a great example of what it means to follow God.
How do you see this? How do you see yourself?
——————— Genesis (esv)
… he LORD God took the man kand put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil lyou shall not eat, for in the day that you eat4 of it you mshall surely die.”
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; nI will make him a helper fit for5 him.” 19 oNow out of the ground the LORD God had formed6 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and pbrought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam7 there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a qdeep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made8 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is rbone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was staken out of Man.”9
24 tTherefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Now uthe serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You1 shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
— to be transparent, I had these 4 points in my notes, I do not know where I got them from. If one of my readers was the original author – let me know.
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