1. Maryea

    In regards to the marriage covenant, something that was brought to my attention recently which I hadn’t caught before, is in Numbers 30:10-16:

    “If she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath, 11 and her husband heard it, and made no response to her and did not overrule her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself shall stand. 12 But if her husband truly made them void on the day he heard them, then whatever proceeded from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it shall not stand; her husband has made them void, and the Lord will release her. 13 Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her soul, her husband may confirm it, or her husband may make it void. 14 Now if her husband makes no response whatever to her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her; he confirms them, because he made no response to her on the day that he heard them. 15 But if he does make them void after he has heard them, then he shall bear her guilt.”

    16 These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father’s house.

    Adam was supposed to be Eve’s ‘covering’/protector – he could have nullified Eve’s transgression but failed to do so… I thought that was an interesting observation!

    • Hi Maryea,

      I agree with your comment, and further scripture in concordance back up what you have stated. Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned… through the offense of one many be dead”, and 1 Cor 15:21, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead”, which state that Adam brought about the curse.

      Adam & Eve knew the instructions of YHWH having walked with Jesus (theophany) in the Garden.

      Perhaps it was Adam that misquoted God telling Eve that they could not touch the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Regardless, I believe he knew that his silence would confirm and ratify Eve’s agreement of the lie along with his hearkening unto his wife when he knew she was being deceived.

      He ratified the deal that cut us off from direct relationship with God in the garden of Eden, so that they could know good and evil in their sin, apart from knowledge by way of relationship with YHWH. They wanted it their way, being, “as gods, knowing good and evil.”

      1 Timothy 2 goes into the roles of husbands and wives and helps in the understanding the woman’s role in reverencing her husband (Ephesians 5 commands the husband to be respect-worthy through his Christ-like love and self-sacrifice). It states that Eve was deceived in transgression, while Adam was not deceived. It seems like Adam already failed in teaching his wife, as 1 Timothy 2 reveals to be his role.

      Eve may have been under bad teaching from Adam in that she lessened the certainty of the consequence of partaking of the forbidden fruit, while adding instructional commands, stating, “… God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, ‘neither shall ye touch it’, ‘lest’ ye die.” “Lest ye die”, tones down the penalty and only expresses the mere possibility of death, when God had already made it certain in Genesis 2:17, to Adam, before the creation of Eve.

      Now add this element of Biblical Truth to the account of the Fall and you have a good picture of why sin is passed down and we inherit death, apart from new born again life in Christ Jesus:
      Hebrews 7:9-10

      “9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

      10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.”

      In a sense, we were all there in the Garden partaking of the forbidden fruit in Adam receiving the same sentence, paying the same penalty… in need of a savior, who would crush the head of the enemy.

      • Maryea

        I’m not sure I get what you’re saying with your Hebrews 7 quote??… The way I see it is that Adam was truly the 1st man who was born directly from Yah’s spirit being breathed into him. Eve was formed out of Adam (thus they complete each other). All men born after that (until Yeshua) were conceived by fleshly means. We have inherited both spirit & flesh & it’s up to the parents to pass on the instructions to their offspring about the choices we make – that’s why male, female & family are so important – there can be no LIFE otherwise! It’s a dead end without those componants. CHOOSE LIFE!!

        • Maryea, thanks for letting me know your concern about my Hebrews 7 quote. Hopefully, this will clarify my statement.

          Through Adam’s sin, death came into the world and we are mortal because of it. God made Adam a living soul or Nephesh (נֶפֶש nep̄eš) and gave him the choice to obey and live forever in the Garden with Him in harmony not only with his maker, but his wife and family too. It was a matter of God’s grace that he removed them from the Garden and prevented their return so that they could not cheat death in a fallen state and live forever munching from the Tree of Life-apart from God per Genesis 3:22-24.

          Also, it is clear in Genesis 4 that Adam and Eve were an example to righteous parents in that they instructed their two boys on the need to make an offering of sacrifice to YHWH.

          “22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

          23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

          24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

          The result is the need for a savior to reverse that consequence per Romans 5:12-21. Romans 5:12-21 is the verse I drew from to make my Hebrews 7 statement in which I should have made it clear concerning the fact that through Adam “death passed upon all men”:

          12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

          13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

          14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

          15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

          16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

          17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

          18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

          19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

          20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

          21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

          The gospel message needs to be demonstrated in parental Christ-likeness from Christian parents in that Jesus was obedient and taught God’s ways. Doing likewise for their children is a part of the Christian parent’s walk with God and is a part of their sanctification process. Christian parents can through the spirit of God display the fruit of the spirit to their children. In so doing they demonstrate and teach their children the meaning of the atoning and justifying work of Jesus on the Cross for our eternal life in Christ by living as an example that points to our ultimate example,Jesus.

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