Character Studies

Lesson 1

ADAM

 

Adam really lived according to:  Jesus (Matthew 19:4-5); Paul (Romans 5:14); Jude (Jude 14)

Text: Genesis 1:26-5:5

Name: "red, ruddy," hence, earth; man, mankind

Date: Beginning of the creation

Place: Garden of Eden

Key: The first man

ADAM'S CREATION
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7
Flesh: Dust of the ground - Eccl. 12:7
Spirit: Image of God - Gen. 1:27; cf. Jno. 4:24

ADAM WAS THE FIRST…
First human being - Gen. 2:7; 1 Tim. 2:13
First place over God's creation - Gen. 1:28
First to have fellowship with God - Gen. 2:15; 3:8
First laborer - Gen. 2:15; 3:17-19
First marriage - Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:4-6
First to have moral choice - Gen. 2:16-17
First to sin * - Gen. 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12

ADAM, SIN AND DEATH
Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19
Sin's source: Temptation - cf. 1 Tim. 2:14
Sin's form: Unbelief and disobedience - cf. 1 Jno. 3:4
Sin's effect: Death, shame and guilt - Gen. 2:17; 3:8-10
Sin's entrance into the world - Romans 5:12
Redemption - Genesis 3:15

ADAM: A TYPE OF CHRIST
Romans 5:14
The Spirit of Man: Adam and Christ in Romans 5:14-19
The Flesh of Man: Adam and Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-49

ADAM AND THE HEADSHIP OF MAN
1 Timothy 2:12-14
Adam honored woman (Gen. 2:23)
The headship of man over woman (1 Cor. 11:3)
Why this order exists (1 Tim. 2:12-14)

LESSONS FOR US
God wants and expects us to make right choices when tempted to sin.
Our responsibility to God mirrors the privileges received from Him.
Fellowship with God is precious: Do not take it for granted.
Marriage is special: Do not defile, discard or disrespect it.
We cannot hide from God.
Accept responsibility for our own sin, and repent of it.
Faithful living must follow a good beginning.

 

CLASS DISCUSSION

1. What does it mean to say that Adam was a dual being? How was Adam "in the image of God"? (Gen. 1:26-27)

2. Name as many blessings as you can with which God blessed Adam in Genesis 2:8-25. What was Adam's responsibility to each one?

3. What is the wife's relationship to her husband? What traits of marriage are implied in Genesis 2:24?

4. Was Adam deceived when he sinned? What were the consequences of Adam's sin?

5. Why did Adam and his wife make coverings for themselves in Genesis 3:7?

6. What was Adam forbidden to do after he sinned? Why?

7. Who were the sons of Adam? How long did Adam live?

8. What is a "type"? How is Adam typical of Christ?