Adam, An Influencer?


Screen shot 2009-09-10 at 2.25.42 PMGenesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

As I read this verse I can’t help but get the picture that Adam and Eve knew very well that not only was it God’s presence coming but that He came walking. I can not explain how God came walking, but I am completely convinced that they walked together enough times that they knew what He was doing.

Can you just imagine the experience that Adam and Eve had to walk with God without the limitations of sin getting in the way? Can you imagine the conversations they must have had and the emotions that were involved.

Now, try to understand the loneliness and emptiness they must have felt once this opportunity was gone. The walks are only a memory, but what a memory.

According to Genesis 5:5 Adam lived 930 years. That was long enough to know his sixth great-grandson, Noah’s father, the ninth generation from Adam. And as we read the few chapters following we can see the possibility of Adam’s stories of walking with God.

Genesis 4:26 – after the birth of his grandson, Enosh, men began to call on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 5:22 – after the birth of Enoch’s son, Methuselah, he began to walk with God and walked for 300 years and was no more.

Genesis 6:9 – Noah walked with God.

Genesis 17:1 – God instructs Abram to walk before Him.

That last one was quite a leap, and yet the influence was not so far removed. Although Noah did not know Adam, his father did and for the last 56 years of Adam’s life. Therefore, Noah could have heard the stories secondhand from his father who could have heard them firsthand from Adam.

Abram, although he is 10 generations removed from Noah, could have known Noah for the last 58 years of his life and could have heard the stories of Adam walking with God thirdhand from Noah.

Oh, what it must have been like for Adam and for anyone who would have dared to listen back then and anyone who would dare to imagine and hunger for that walk today.

By the time Adam was dead and Noah was 500 all of mankind had forgotten God and the stories. We tend to so easily forget.

Walk with God.

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