We might think that losing Paradise, and finding work outside Eden a “jungle”, would be enough to destroy Adam and Eve’s faith in God. In reality they instead gained new faith.
Note that Eve rejoiced that “with the help of the Lord” she “brought forth a man.” This first-ever human birth in history had Jesus Christ as the obstetrician. He explained to Eve step-by-step what pregnancy entailed. Why her body began changing. What was growing inside her. And, as delivery time neared, how that great bulge in her tummy would ever get outside her without tearing her body apart. The result increased the faith in God that she had compromised when eating the fruit.
Note also how the birth of Seth renewed her faith that God renewed the messianic line. She likely had little concept of its true meaning, but she knew that Satan had in Cain’s murder of Abel merely disrupted the line of Abel, not destroyed it. An English actuary told a writer for the National Geographic that humanity’s purpose was no more apparent now—1994—than previously. Indeed, he declared humanity is no closer to understanding WHY we all exist than our earliest ancestors.
The man had faith in his own actuarial tables—how much insurance premiums would be, based on the age expectation of the applicant; and what could companies expect from the population in 10-20 years—but not in Almighty God. A brilliant but heathen mind.
A novice in divine planning, Eve nevertheless understood that in Seth’s birth God’s ordained purpose in creation would continue. Indeed, as we know, whatever it takes in history to achieve God’s purpose, is achieved. Doesn’t matter how strong the foe against it or how weak the believer serving it. God works by his own will, power and wisdom to achieve his chosen ends. –End Part I-
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