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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2 thoughts on “When Adam Should Have Spoken Up”

  1. Didn’t this take place long before Abram & the “Jew” even existed ? Can we then even be sure this would be applicable, for Adam (vows… etc.) ? On Nov 5, 2015 1:13 AM, “333 Words of Grace” wrote:

    > Christian ambassador (Shawn Brasseaux) posted: “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’”

    1. Thomas, certainly, Adam and Eve lived long before the Mosaic Law, so Numbers 30 was not written specifically to them. However, my purpose was to show there was a parallel between Adam and Eve, and Numbers 30.

      Adam was the spiritual head of Eve, and later on, the Jewish man (husband or father) was the spiritual head of a Jewish woman. What is true with Adam and Eve, Numbers 30, and even today (1 Timothy 2:9-15), the husband-father is the spiritual head of the household. He is to be the person who guides his family in the Word of God. (Adam failed in this, of course.)

      Eve was deceived, but the Bible says Adam was NOT deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). Adam knew how Satan was working in the matter of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As the spiritual head, Adam should have warned Eve not to partake of that forbidden fruit. Adam was silent. He didn’t object. He just followed his wife.

      Adam was the federal head, the representative of the human race. He was also the head of Eve, since Eve was taken from his body. Adam received God’s Word FIRST (Genesis 2:16-17), and then Adam gave that commandment to Eve. There was spiritual safety (“salvation”) from Satan’s deception had Eve submitted to Adam’s spiritual headship. For a Christian woman today, there is spiritual salvation from Satan’s deception if she follows her Bible-believing, Spirit-filled husband (1 Timothy 2:15). But, Eve didn’t follow Adam in doing right because Adam was not functioning in God’s Word either.

      As Eve’s spiritual head, Adam could have sought God’s counsel on her behalf. Once Eve ate, Adam should have brought her to God for help in solving the problem. Instead, Adam just ate as well. Adam, by repeating Eve’s mistake, validated it. Notice 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.” Verse 17: “For if by ONE MAN’s offense death reigned by one….” Verse 19: “For as by ONE MAN’s disobedience many were made sinners….” God didn’t count Eve’s mistake until ADAM (one “man,” not “woman”) repeated it. Eve didn’t represent mankind, she was from Adam. Adam represented mankind. It was ultimately ADAM’S decisions and actions that influenced the whole human race.

      These underlying, interwoven truths make it very likely that God, if He gave those stipulations in Numbers 30, would be willing to use the same procedure with Adam and Eve.

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