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Wednesday, January 30th, '19

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WIMPING OUT

"The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat" (Genesis 3:12)

 

Created in the likeness and image of Elohim, Adam was the alpha male, humanity's model, crowning creation, a real lady's man. Observe the muscle, the mind, the masterpiece, the mustache, the man. Adam, you 'da man. But something happened on the way to the honeymoon. God said one thing, Eve, another. He feared losing her, losing love. Adam froze and said nothing. Mr. Universe wimped out. Oh, don't try to excuse yourself, macho man. It's not the woman's fault; your stale marriage, disrespectful kids, overdrawn checking account, flabby gut. Remember, you had been given "dominion" over everything (Genesis 1:28). Eve picked what was forbidden and ate mankind out of house and home while lover boy just stood there and watched. "The woman...did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat" (Genesis 3:6). See the preposition, "with" her. He wasn't at work; he was tagging along at the fruit market.

 

So the model human becomes the first wimp. And his DNA finds its way into every man. Once a man wimps out with his wife, he does the same with God. The panicked pair "hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden". That is why so many men refuse to go to church. Wimp out becomes cop out. Adam today doesn't wear fig leaves, rather an orange hunting vest, hid away in the woods. Or a business suit. He doesn't pray anymore. God-walks and God-talks in "the cool of the day" are swapped for heated workouts at the "Y". The praying he does do becomes either apologetic, "I was afraid because I was naked", or argumentative, "the woman you gave me made me do it..." The masterpiece of chapter two becomes a mastered-piece in chapter three. Society has names for it which we won't get into. In theology it is called the "fall" but Adam didn't really fall, no man does, he simply just let go.

 

Is there any way to restore the wimp to the wonder he was designed to be? The rest of the Bible focuses on that restoration and it culminates in the appearance of a whole new species of man, the choice Paul offers of being "in Adam" or "in Christ". Save that for another day. Right now, consider a few exercises to get the man back in your life. First, know who you are and whose you are. Adam was a God-breathed soul and he was one-of-a-kind. God threw away the mold after the pilot make and model. "Adam, which was the son of God" (Luke 3:38). Understanding his uniqueness should square Adam's shoulders. Second, he must get off the couch and back to communion. The Hebrew for "cool" of the day is ru'ach which means wind or spirit. It is the title of the Holy Spirit. Man can only be what God wills through spiritual encounter. Claymation has no life beyond what the artist gives it and remember Adam is clay. He may feel he is a "self-made" man but one look in the mirror reveals he didn't make much. Men need spiritual refills. Third, remember your authority. Man is made "just a little lower than Elohim" (Psalm 8:5), inferior only to God Himself! The earth is his field but also his footstool. He is to rule his garden not be ruled by it. That means drawing lines, managing one's personal "garden", sending the serpent packing, and at times, telling Eve, "No!" Great, I just lost half my internet audience. But don't quit now for when Adam learns to say no he, at the same time, becomes amazingly empowered to say yes. And I'm not talking about being a yes-man, a wimp, but God's "Yes, Man", a wonder!


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