Adam, Where are You?

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Household, Parental, Pastoral

When our first parents sinned, a pattern of responsibility and consequence-bearing was set in motion for the history of humanity.

You will recall the tragic story I am sure.  The serpent tempted Eve.  She took the fruit and ate it.  Adam stood there as a passive observer of the interaction (Genesis 3:6).  Our first father, Adam, should have crushed the head of the serpent there and then.  But God, in His foreordination, determined that another Adam was to come who would do that job (more on that later).

Nevertheless, because our Federal Head[1] did not take responsibility in protecting and guarding our first mother, death and sin passed on to us all (Romans 5:12).

Our response to this story is not to whine and complain that we were not there when it happened, “Hey!?! How can God hold me responsible for it?”  Rather, our response is to understand this and accept the world as we have received it.  Death and sin are unfortunate realities!  This is part of God’s preordained design for our humanity.  We experience death and sin and suffering because of what happened that fateful day some 1656 years before the Flood in that garden, east of Eden (Genesis 2:8).

You will recall that when the time of God’s visit came, God did not furiously stomp out of heaven to read Eve the riot act.  What did Adam and Eve hear when God came to visit?[2]  “Adam, where are you?”

God did not face Eve first did He?  He confronted Adam!  But Adam didn’t pick the fruit first.  This is not fair.  It wasn’t his fault that Eve picked the fruit!  She did it!  She should’ve been punished first!  He was just standing there as an “innocent” bystander.  This was like a drive-by fruit-picking!

Yet, God called out to Adam first, “Adam, where are you?”

I have listened to Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage[3] sermon series and the point was made over and over for the men, “It may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility!”  Us men like authority!  But authority only flows to those who take responsibility[4]!

The purpose of my article is to call out our men. “Adam(s), where are you?” Are you present and active in the nurture and care of your wife’s soul?  Adam, where are you?  Are you present and active in the nurture and education of your children?  Adam, where are you?  Are you standing by watching your wife pick the fruit and then waiting for her to assess its goodness and health for you and your family?  Adam, where are you?  Are you actively grabbing yourself and getting up from your chair to discipline the children or are you leaving your wife to do it?  Adam, where are you?  Are you turning off the TV or computer when sinful smut or inappropriate content is streamed into your home? Adam, where are you? Brothers, pray for me as I pray for you?

I confess that I want to gently move my Eve away from the tree.  Lord, help me to lead her in the garden? I want to pay more careful attention to the kind of fruit that I am allowing us to eat? Lord, help me to be active in what shapes my wife and children’s worldview? I want to decide which trees ought to be chopped down and which serpentine influences ought to be crushed!  Lord, give me courage to stand against temptation as I guard my home?

Imagine if Adam decided to serve Eve that day instead of standing by, waiting for her to literally “fruit-feed” him. Imagine if Adam was keenly observant as to which tree they were walking too closely to.  Imagine if Adam was leading Eve to get themselves ready to meet with God in the cool of the day instead of idly accompanying her.

Men, fathers, husbands and grandfathers: please, let us be intentionally active in serving our wives and children and grandchildren.  Let us be the responsibility-bearers for our families.

I am so thankful that 1979 years ago, in another garden, Jesus  wrestled in prayer as He submitted to His Father’s will to take responsibility for my sin even though none of my sin was His fault.  He drank the wine of the fruit that was trampled out in God’s fury, He literally took that tree that brought our curse and carried it on His back and was nailed to it so that the head of the serpent would be crushed as He became my new Federal Head.

May we follow our second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) and not the first.  The fruit of the passive first is hard to swallow and brings death.  The fruit of the active second is sweet and life-giving to ourselves and those around us!

Adam, where are YOU?

[1] Federal headship refers to the representation of a group united under a federation or covenant. For example, a country’s president may be seen as the federal head of his nation, representing and speaking on its behalf before the rest of the world (Sproul, R.C., Adam’s Fall and Mine, “Just as a federal government has a chief spokesman who is the head of the nation, so Adam was the federal head of mankind.”)

[2] They heard “the voice of the LORD God walking” (Genesis 3:8 KJV).  How can a voice walk?  I wonder if the “voice of God” walking was not in fact the same “word of God” that became flesh and walked among us?

  1. Justin says:

    Great blog Barry…

    I hope that you are keeping well.

    Interestingly, I blogged on exactly the same topic “Adam, where are you?” but from a different perspective just a few weeks before you did 🙂

    God bless

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