Lessons from the first lady and her husband

By: By Robert C. Oliver - Contributing columnist

Our title probably has most wondering which president and his wife we are going to discuss. The answer is none of them. The first lady to live upon the face of the earth was one named Eve, thus she is the first lady. She was the wife of the first man, Adam. Space will not permit us to note and discuss every lesson that can be learned from the Bible record of their lives, but we will give consideration to a few.

It might be good to note up front that Adam and Eve were created, not born. All things in the heavens and the earth were created by God (Exo. 20:11) and to be a bit more specific, they were made by the second member of the Godhead, known in the New Testament as Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3). Every other human to ever live on the face of the earth, including Jesus the Son of God, was born of a woman. Thus, childbirth is not a miracle, but a natural event. Included in the point that man was first created by God, is the fact that man is the only being created by God that it is said of them, that they were made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Lest someone start trying to figure out if it is the black man or the white man, the male or the female, and on and on the list could go, that looks like God, the answer is none of the above. Man (including woman) was made in the image of God in that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and man was the only created being to whom God gave a spirit. As Solomon stated about man when he dies, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecc. 12:7). When the spirit of man leaves his body, death has occurred (James 2:26). Just one more little point concerning the creation of this first lady and her husband. They were absolutely perfect when created. As one may have heard it stated, “God didn’t make no junk”. They were created sinless. The text says that “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31).

As already noted, Adam and Eve were created without any sin. Yet, in the third chapter they sinned. It is worth our time to give consideration to what brought about this first sin. This first sin became possible when God gave a command. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Gen. 2:16-17). Without a command from God, there could have been no sin, for “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4). Another lesson we can learn from this is that man has a choice. Sin is something that an individual does of his or her own free will. God does not mandate that one man will sin and another will not. When a command is given, it mandates and necessitates the one to whom it was given have the power to obey or disobey. Otherwise the command would be worthless to say the least. Yet another good lesson for us to note from this is the price of sin. God told Adam that “…in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Gen. 2:17). This is one of the oldest laws of life that God revealed to man. It is the same as that spoke of by the prophet Ezekiel when he wrote, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezek. 18:20). The apostle Paul stated that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). From Adam and Eve on, it became apparent and was revealed by God that all have and will sin, with the exception of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:23; I John 1:8, 10; Heb. 4:15). Thus, this first law of sin and death presented an obstacle to reaching heaven that man was unable to overcome. The offering of the blood of the sinless Son of God was the price that was sufficient to overcome that obstacle (Rom. 7:24-8:3).

With what space remains, let us note just a couple lessons we should be aware of concerning what brought Eve to the point of eating of the forbidden fruit and giving it to her husband to eat also. First, know that as there was with Eve, there has always been and always will be tempters and temptations. The apostle Paul once stated to the Corinthians, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Cor. 10:13). John stated, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:16). All temptations will fall into one of those three realms of temptation. Eve saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), pleasant to the eyes (lusts of the eyes) and would make her wise (pride of life), she fell to the temptations and sinned. Jesus faced the same three realms of temptation when the devil tempted Him following His baptism (Matt. 4:1-11), yet unlike Eve, He did not succumb to them. The Hebrew writer stated He “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15).

There are many lessons that we can learn from these first two people on earths surface. Let us learn and heed the warnings. (Send any questions or comments to: rcoliver@centurylink.net)


By Robert C. Oliver

Contributing columnist

Robert Oliver is a long time columnist for The Sampson Independent.

Robert Oliver is a long time columnist for The Sampson Independent.