Adam transgressed the covenant

adam-eve1Hosea 6:7: But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

Adam was in a covenant relationship with God. God made him in his image, put him in the best of places- Eden, created a position of authority for him and gave him a wife.

The man who God dealt with in relation to the earth was Adam, though there was Eve, her designated role was to be the help for Adam (Genesis 2:18), who was the leader in that union. And if there is nothing wrong with the leader, nothing much is wrong.

After providing everything for Adam, food, wife and a position to exercise his authority on earth, the man was asked to only do one thing: Don’t eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17), which he disobeyed.

What about you? What is that thing that God has spoken to you about, saying, “don’t do this” or “do this?” It may not immediately make sense to you, but can you trust God enough to flow with him without knowing all the details?

That was where Abraham passed (Genesis 12:1-4). God told him to make a painful break from the familiar territory of his family house and take a journey to “God knows where,” literally. He obeyed. Don’t you think people might have said he was insane, and only operating from the figment of his imagination?

So also Noah (Genesis 6:1-8:22, 1Peter 3:18-22, 2Peter 2:4-5, Hebrews 11:7); God gave him the instruction on how to survive an impending deluge that would kill all human beings and animals on the earth, except those who can find their way to the ark, that God without any obvious sense, asked Noah to build. The bible in the book of Hebrews said what Noah did was an act of faith; in building the ark at that time.

There had not been any rain on the earth as at that time. And building the ark was surely an act of faith, and Noah might have been an object of mockery among the folks at that time. As far as they were concerned, he was building a castle in the air. May be they thought he was a man from another planet, or should be classified as mad (Acts 26:24-25). Many who rejected the choice of the ark had themselves to blame in the end.

The bible later in the New Testament described the duration of the construction of the ark as the time which the longsuffering of God waited. God was giving them the opportunity to realise that truly judgment was coming on the earth, and change their ways, allowing Noah to teach them the true ways of God, but this preacher Noah had no convert.

It was the same act of faith that God required from Adam to follow him in obedience, to agree that His ways was right, instead he agreed with his wife, rejecting the will of God, transgressing the covenant. To transgress is to go beyond the assigned limit.

In our lives there are limits that Christ wants to put. Do you recognise those limits? They may not be particularly about sin, but about the hand of God coming upon you, making special demands from you that He wants you to flow with, as an act of faith.

Paul said that everything is lawful for him but not everything is necessary or expedient (1Corinthians 6:12, 10:23). Speaking to Timothy he said that he should endure hardness as soldiers of Jesus Christ, and that a soldier that is enlisted into the battle makes all the efforts to please the one who enlisted him (2Timothy 2:1-4). He takes it as a privileged and complies with every rule, not willing to fail the master.

God may impose certain limits on you. Jeremiah speaking to Baruch told him not to seek high things for himself (Jeremiah 45:1-5). He was to move in the will of God not minding whatever is being said around him, the prevailing social situation.

You don’t have to move with the flow around you against the specific demand of God on your own life (remember, I m not talking about sin). The specific demand of God on the life of Paul was that he should be without a wife; he made himself a eunuch for the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:10-12). The norm is for people to get married. But we need to realise that God can make specific demands that would cancel out the need for marriage for a lifetime; or may be for a specific season.

We need to put in front of our eyes what God requires of us. The book of Hebrews tells us to take more earnest heed to what we have heard lest at anytime we allow them to slip away from us (Hebrews 2:1). Ignorance as they say is no excuse. Jesus spoke of the servant who knows the will of the Father but refuses to heed them (Luke 12:42-48); the result was several stripes for “his buttocks,” while the one who did the wrong thing ignorantly would still be flogged, though with a lesser number of stripes.

The bible says that if anyone thinks he stands, that person should take heed lest he falls (1Corinthians 10:1-14). Paul writing to the Corinthians used the example of the children of Israel to teach them the importance of being committed to God. Those set of people were bent on having their own ways and doing their own things, murmuring, complaining and throwing tantrums in the wilderness. If we want the best of God we should avoid that attitude, because they did not embrace the will of God for them.

We need to embrace the vision that God has for us. The vision that God has for the children of Israel was to bring them to a positive end (Jeremiah 29:11). But instead of trusting in God, they decided they would take the law in their hands and thereby lost out on the Promised Land.

King Saul was an example of the first Adam. He ran his life on self will. What God wants is for us to run our lives on his will, with him on the steering wheel of the car of our life. The bible says we should submit ourselves to God and in due season he would lift us up (1Peter 5:5-7).

We submit in humility, waiting for his timing and his grace. Adam and Saul would have none of that, they would reject the will of God but will cover it up with excuses.

We should beware of the strongholds of Adam and Saul in all of us, which is bent on tasting the forbidden fruit or keeping the forbidden animals (1Samuel  15:1-35) but God said that we should not put him to test (Luke 4:12). We should not apply trial and error in our relationship with God, instead we should submit to His truth.

Adam, instead of being armed with truth was armed with excuses. What about you? What arguments have you raised against the will of God (2Corinthians 10:1-6), what rationalisation have you embraced, to cut yourself from the grace and ability of God?

God wants Mary to give birth to Jesus the son of God, but he was not going to leave Mary to it. He would give her His grace. And she said; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:26-40).

We should believe that the reality of the word will find expression in us. Don’t complain about how you cannot produce the fruit of righteousness. Rather, we should have our faith in God to produce righteousness in us. Many people have heard that they needed faith do get things but they have not been taught that they needed faith to do the will of God, to be holy as the Lord God is holy (1Peter 1:15-16).

There is the Spirit of holiness that makes holiness possible (Romans 1:4). But how is he going make holiness possible for you when you are already full of excuses. You cannot be full of excuses and be full of God at the same time.

Adam’s transgression of the covenant (the mutual commitment between God and man) was based on his runaway self will and excuse. Allow yourself no excuse and be committed to obedience no matter what. You should be steadfast immovable always abounding in the will of God (1Corinthians 15:58).

 

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