First Friday Fasting and Prayer
June 3, 2011
ĚThe one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works.Ě 1 John 3:8
God made seven different covenants (Adamic, Noahic, Abrahmic, Palestinian, Mosaic, Davidic, and New). While three were generally made between God and mankind ( Adamic, Noahic, New), God made four specifically with the nation of Israel (Abrahmic, Palestinian, Mosaic, Davidic).
The first covenant is the Adamic Covenant, made between God and man. Actually, the Adamic Covenant can be split into two parts, the Edenic Covenant (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:16-17) and the Adamic Covenant (Gen. 3:16-19).
The elements of the Edenic Covenant were conditional with certain consequences for manĚs behavior. It confirmed that man was created in the image of God, and was given rule over all the animals and the garden. He was to reproduce and fill the earth. They were vegetarians, for death did not exist in the garden. The only thing forbidden was to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or they would die as a consequence..
They did eat, failing the test. As a result of ManĚs sin, the Adamic covenant was instituted and man was removed from the garden. God pronounced curses on mankind. Because of manĚs sin, he now had problems. Instead of perfect peace, he would experience hostile opposition with satan. Women would experience pain in childbirth, along with marital strife. Man would experience trouble toiling a ground full of thorns and thistles, and God introduced death in Paradise, as He cut the covenant with man, substituting manĚs blood with an animal sacrifice, in order to cover manĚs sin. Death would now be the natural fate of mankind.
Yet, even with these sure and severe curses, grace was also included in the Adamic Covenant (Gen. 3:15). God forewarns satan, that one day, One born from woman, although wounded by satan, would crush satanĚs head, destroying him forever! JesusĚ sacrifice provides the solution for the problem of ManĚs sin.
Points to Ponder and Pray
God provided a perfect place in the Garden. There was no sin in Eden; man was innocent. He lived in a perfect environment, with perfect employment, companionship and personal communion with God. Only one simple rule existed that would test manĚs love for God. That test shows that we were created morally accountable for our choices. We are responsible for our actions and will be held, like Adam, accountable to God. Adam lived in a perfect world, but even a perfect world does not guarantee that we behave according to GodĚs rules. Because of the fall, man is sinful and is separated from God. There is only one solution for manĚs sin, foretold to us in the Adamic Covenant and that is to accept ChristĚs perfect sacrifice, allowing His shed blood to cover our sins. Although all have sinned, we now have a choice to accept ChristĚs payment for our sins and receive His life or live separated from God. Which do you choose?
The Adamic Covenant is unconditional in nature, fulfilled solely by God, and is where God declares to Adam manĚs certain fate because sin was introduced in the world through him, noting that itĚs conditions will last until GodĚs Kingdom comes on this earth (Romans 8:21). Although physical death was not immediate (although it is certain), spiritual death immediately occurred the moment they ate the fruit, evidence by their hiding from God in the garden. They were cast out from the garden, never to return, for a fiery angel restricted their return. Yet, now, when we accept ChristĚs payment for our sin, He abides in us, and we are able to have fellowship with God. While we live in our mortal bodies, we will always struggle with sin, yet He graciously provides a way for us to live victoriously, as we seek to know and please Him. Through Him, we become dead to sin, and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:22). Which do you choose? Have you made the wonderful discovery of the Spirit-filled life?
Did you realize Adam lived 930 years after his creation (Gen. 5:5)? This means his son Seth, and his son Enosh, and Kenan the son of Enosh, and his son Mahalalel, and his son Jarred, and his son Enoch, and his son Methuselah, and his son Lamech, who was born when Adam was 874 years old, all knew Adam personally. These generations lived with and talked to Adam daily. Thus, the story of Creation, Adam and EveĚs time in Eden, their fall and all the conditions of the covenants were not legends, but stories heard from the mouth of the ones who lived it. Stop and ponder how God preserved these accurate accounts of these two covenants. Now Lamech was the father of Noah, and after he died, God destroyed the earth because He saw the result of unfettered sin. He saw manĚs heart, with constant wickedness in it (Gen. 6:5). Make no mistake, we will all be held accountable to God for our choices as He will, yet again, judge manĚs sin. Yet God, in His grace, found favor with Noah, who was righteous, obedient to GodĚs commands, and who walked with God (Gen. 6:9) as his great grandfather Enoch had also (Gen.5:24). After the flood, God chose to make an unconditional covenant with Him.
Maranatha! The Master is coming back!
Are you ready? Is your family ready?