Day 1 – Advent Son?
Starting any journey requires a plan and road map. At the minimum you need a mission. Like Indians Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, our journey begins with a little history. We start with an archaeological review of scriptures to answer two the core questions. Why did we need Advent, the coming of a Messiah? What is an Advent Son? Do we need a Second Advent, a return of the Messiah?
These questions point back to what Christ has done, and ahead to what Christ will do. Let’s go to the beginning, Genesis.
Genesis means beginning or origin.
Chapter one and two recount the creation process and chapter three reveals our problem…
On a warm and sunny day long, long, ago in a land perfect and pristine a challenge for the heart of humans began. OK, I know it would sound better if I used the word man but people sometimes forget man really means mankind or humans.
The serpent challenges Eve with a question, ‘Is it true has God said you can’t eat of ANY tree in the garden?’ This is a greater test than it initially appears. The serpent challenges Eve to confirm what God has said and in doing so a deeper issue is revealed. Eve correctly responds that they can eat of all the trees with one exception. Thousands of years hang on several ‘if only’ statements based on this encounter. We will never know if only Eve stopped talking after that statement. We will never know if only Eve ate of the tree and Adam abstained.
We can’t go back and second guess, or rewrite history. We can dig into what God has preserved in the Bible and learn from it. We can look at this exchange and begin to answer some of our questions. Why do we need Advent? It begins here.
- Eve states that if you so much as touch the fruit you will die.
- God points toward the solution in the curse of the serpent.
When you read the Bible and something stands out, it’s to get you to notice. When grammar is wacky, words are repeated multiple times, or a sequence is reversed, stop and dig a little deeper. There are nuggets buried throughout scripture for those of us who want to know God more. Become a Biblical Archaeologist. OK, so let’s look at these two points.
Eve states that if you so much as touch the fruit you will die.?
Is that really what God said? In Genesis 2 before God created Eve He put Adam in the garden and gave Him the following command.
Genesis 2:15-17 15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (NASB, Biblegateway.com)
God said nothing about touching the fruit. Adam added to God’s command. Maybe he felt he had reasons. One thing is certain, Adam didn’t trust or treat Eve as the equal partner she was. He treated her more like a child. When Eve touched the fruit and nothing happened, she was emboldened. Adam failed before Eve failed. Sin’s consequence resulted in their death. Spiritually they were immediately separated from God. Relationally the distance between God and man was palpable. Physically their death came slowly which enhanced the spiritual and relational consequences. The first awareness Adam and Eve had, was their nakedness. Immediately fear overwhelmed Adam and Eve into hiding. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and God had the last word.
God points toward the solution in the curse of the serpent.
Starting with the serpent God curses it then immediately connects the serpent’s actions with the woman’s. In it hope resides.
Genesis 3: 14-15 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (NASB, Biblegateway.com)
Her seed, her son, will bruise the head of the serpent. This was hope. Yes they got expelled from the garden but God had a plan. All they needed to do was have a son. And the waiting began. Waiting for the coming son, the Advent Son.
One day, hopefully soon, God would bless Adam and Eve with a son that would crush the head of the serpent and everything would return to normal. It didn’t exactly work out that easily but the hope and the promise were real. They would be fulfilled. In God’s time.
Romans 5:12 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (ESV, Biblegateway.com)
The Advent of a son is the solution to the mess Adam and Eve made. From the beginning of time, which started with Adam, we have needed an Advent Son.
It’s your turn. Have you considered the hope that Adam and Eve clung to? What do you think they thought when their first child was a boy? Share your comments below.
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