Saturday, April 16, 2011
Finding Christ in the Old Testament: The life of Adam
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and fowls of the air...So, god crated man in his own image, in the image of God created he him" (Genesis 1:26-27).
So even here with the introduction of Adam we see an immediate similarity with Christ. They were both in the image of their Father.
As the story continues we read of Adam and Eve's experience in the garden of Eden and the fall that was subsequently put into effect through their actions there. Because they partook of the fruit, they became subject to death, making it possible for us to be born having that innocence wiped away from their eyes.
So like Christ, Adam took upon himself death that we might all live (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). They partook of "bitter fruit" in their respective gardens- the garden of Eden and Gethsemane-which made it possible for God's plan for the salvation of his children to move forward.
Also he is the first parent or Father of the human race, just as Christ is our Father in terms of our creation and salvation.
So Adam and Christ both:
1. Were created in the Father's image
2. Chose to leave God's presence to fulfill his plan of redemption
3. Partook of bitterness in a garden
4. Took upon himself death so that we may live
5. Set up to be at the head, or the father of mankind
So really Adam's story is partly Christ's story, as is all the Old Testament characters.