When God created Adam, he didn’t breathe life into this divine concoction of spit and mud in order to develop a race of weak, lazy, irresponsible and chubby quiche-eaters. God made Adam to be a provider, protector, hunter and hero of Jehovah’s created order.
Adam was not carved out of a dirt clod … to be a clod. God’s original and unchanging job description for man and his offspring was and is to be a protector of what’s right, a prosecutor of what’s wrong and a builder of what is holy, just and good.
Please also note that when Adam was created, God didn’t throw up a Holiday Inn next to the spot where he was fashioned. There were no 7-Elevens. No A/C. Neither Sushi bars nor hair salons. And this one’s really going to hurt … no McDonalds. Adam was placed, purposefully, in the wild. The wild brought out something in this leader that your favorite shopping mall simply couldn’t provide. God’s second in command was directly connected with the Spirit of the Wild.
Adam, the wild man, drew directly from the earth. Fast food for Adam was the fleet-a-foot Antelope he was trying to smack with a rock. Adam lived in naked partnership with wild beasts, birds, gigantic lizards and monster sharks. And guess what, Adam was not with some gay guy called Steve, he was with a beautiful woman: Eve. And she was down with it, as well.
This is the way it was. And God said, “It is good!”
I know this doesn’t sound like “paradise” for those who are immoral, lazy, stupid and fat, but it was God’s and primitive man’s idea of Yippee Land. So, what caused this initial state of bliss to be lost to Adam? Where did he go wrong?
What did he do, or rather not do, to lose this NRA Xanadu-like existence? And what lesson from creation can we learn?
Here it is: Adam’s reticence to be the wild man God called him to be cost him the sweet haven of Eden’s crib. He refused to rule righteously and conquer the serpent, which put him on the outs with his Creator and demoted him to somewhere east of Eden.