Did the first man have black hair, brown skin, and brown eyes? Was he six feet eleven inches tall? These are questions we cannot answer sure, because we were not there to see Adam. However, from reading Genesis, and armed with basic scientific knowledge, we can learn a lot about what Adam was probably like.
Adam was the FIRST MAN
Now think about Adam. Was he born in the same way you or I were? He certainly was not. He was made directly by God from the dust of the Earth.
In Genesis 2:7we read, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Adam was not born of a woman. He was the first human. In l Corinthians 15:45we read, “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul.” Adam was the first man.
This is an important point by the way, there were no other human beings made alongside Adam.
Adam had the FIRST OPERATION
Consider Genesis 2:21-22,
“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was [to be] the mother of all living.”
The first woman (the first wife) was made directly from part of Adam. She was not born of a woman either. Adam and Eve were unique. Neither of them would have had a navel. When you think about it, that would have been a tremendous witness to everyone who saw them while they were alive. They had evidence that they were the first two people.
Did Adam have one fewer rib than Eve ?
Ihave often had people ask me, after reading the passage about the creation of woman, why men don’t have one fewer rib than women if God made Eve from Adam’s side (or rib). The way I answer this is: If a man had an accident and his leg was amputated as a result, and then he married and had children, would all his children have only one leg?
Of course not! This is because the instructions for how we are constructed are contained in the DNA in the nucleus of our cells – in our genes. When God took part of Adamto make Eve, He didn’t change Adam’s genes. All the information in Adam’s genes was still there.
Adam was the FIRST HUSBAND
Eve was made specially for Adam. This was the first marriage. That is why Jesusin Matthew 19:4-6reminded people that the meaning of marriage is dependent on the origin of marriage—and the first marriageis in Genesis:
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Adam was the FIRST FARMER
In Genesis 2:15we read, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Edento dress it and to keep it.” Adam, the first man, was told to work, and to look after the garden God had made.
This would not have been a chore. This would have been a joy for Adam. This was a perfect garden. There were no thornsand thistles, as these did not come until after God had cursed the Earth. And because everything God had made was “very good” ( Genesis 1:31), Adam, the plants, the garden, and in fact every thing, would have been perfect.
How different this is to today’s world. How different looking after gardens and farming is today!
Adam was the FIRST SINNER
Adam was told he could not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ( Genesis 2:17). Therefore, if Adam, being the head of the human race, disobeyed, all of his descendants would have to suffer the consequences.
Eve took the fruit and ate it, and gave it to her husband, Adam, who was with her, and he ate it also.
Even though Eve was the one tempted by the serpent, and the one who first ate the forbidden fruit, Adam is the one who brought sin into the world, because he was the head of the human race and the one to whom the commandment had first been given. (Romans 5:12)