The First Redeemer
The name of the Divine Being. It is the rendering of the Hebrew ʾEl, from a word meaning to be strong; also of Eloah and its plural Elohim. The singular form, Eloah, is used only in poetry. The plural form is more commonly used in all parts of the Bible, The Hebrew word Jehovah, the only other word generally employed to denote the Supreme Being, is uniformly rendered as “Lord,” printed in small capitals. The existence of God is taken for granted in the Bible. The only argument to prove the existence of God is in the heart. He who disbelieves this truth is spoken of as one devoid of understanding (Psalms 14:1).
Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts were; his body was made of the same earth as theirs. While he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves like the beasts that perish!
Man was to be a creature different from all that had been made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, must be put together in him. God said, “Let us make man.” Man, when he was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Into that great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul of man that especially bears God’s image. Man was made upright, Eccl 7:29. His understanding saw Divine things clearly and truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God.
His affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions. His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Therefore man was holy, man was happy, Man was one with God. But how was this image of God defaced by man?
Here we find the “woman,” rather the female (gunē) in Greek, shares with the male the image of God, reflects God’s power and majesty on earth and is commanded to multiply and bring dominion to the earth. From Genesis 1:26-28 there is no suggestion of inferiority of the female to the male, nor is there any suggestion of her submission to his dominance. Rather, they are pictured together, the male and the female, as the representation of their Maker. A woman is a person in every respect as a man; she shares in the image of God and has the potential of varied ranges of response to culture, community, and life about her.
Another thing both man and woman shared in was “the fall.” We find the details of the fall in Genesis 3:1-13. Although both of them made excuses and tried to get out of punishment, they were both guilty. The first sin was not the eating of the fruit, it was the willful disobedience of God. Truthfully, that was true then and is also true now. We put many labels on sin, as God did in the Ten Commandments. Truthfully sin is the same. God said, “You shall not kill.” If we kill, it is not the act of killing that is the sin. The sin is the willful disobedience of God.
When God found that the man and woman had sinned, He could have just killed them and started over. Instead, God chose to redeem them, but with restrictions. Because the woman was easily deceived, God mad the man head of the household (1 Cor. 11:3). God changed childbearing from a pleasure to a burden. But man didn’t get off scot-free either. The man was to forever till the soil by the sweat of his brow.
In every situation of sin, there is a price that must be paid. God loved His creation of man so much, He foreordained that at a set time in the future, God would come and live among man so He could die on the cross for the sins of those who would believe in Him and turn back to Him forever (John 3:16). This makes God the first “Redeemer.”