When Adam Should Have Spoken Up

Thursday, November 5, 2015

“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1 Timothy 2:14 KJV).

What could have Adam done instead of willfully following Eve in sin?

Numbers chapter 30 contains 16 verses, God’s rules concerning Jews making vows. Verses 3-5 say, if an unmarried Jewish woman made a vow to the LORD, to bind herself by a bond, her father who heard it could speak up that day and annul the vow, and God would cancel it. If the father stayed silent, not protesting, the woman had to fulfill her vow. Verses 6-8 say if a married Jewish woman vowed something that would bind her soul, her husband who heard it could speak up that day, objecting, and her vow would be canceled. If her husband said nothing, she was obligated to fulfill it.

“[11] And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. [12] But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her. [13] Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. [14] But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them.”

Going back in time, Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit, but mankind had not yet fallen into sin. The federal head, Adam, had not yet eaten. Sin had not yet entered the world. Although Eve had rebelled, it was not too late for Adam. Adam could have protested before God and Eve would have been forgiven. Had Adam spoken up in defense of God’s righteousness and Eve’s foolishness, man would have never fallen! Alas, Adam went right along silently, eating the fruit himself, confirming his wife’s decision to follow Satan!

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