Adam’s Failure To Protect


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So often it is taught that Adam’s failure in the garden was merely that he was tempted by something that looked good and disobeyed God.

While this is true, Adam failed long before he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

For those that have been keeping up with my most recent posts, in proverbs it describes wisdom almost identically to how it describes a “woman of noble character.”

 

[Women guard wisdom.]

 

It is said that men are creatures of the mind (hence why our biggest problems are lusting with our eyes, and pride). This is because the attributes that we guard (Truth/Strength) require us to “be of sound mind” (1 peter 1:13/2 Timothy 1:7) in order to carry out the tasks that God has given to men.

 

Women are called creatures of the heart not because they have emotions and feel but because that is where wisdom is guarded. Wisdom is what allows truth to be directed/delivered with grace.

 

There’s an interesting verse in scripture that seemingly is combative with the heart guarding wisdom, but since God cannot contradict Himself…let’s dig deeper.

 

Jeremiah 17:9  says:

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?

A friend recently said to me:

“Even when our heart isn’t inclined to desire the Lord, the important thing is that we set our minds on Him and he’ll change our hearts. I learned that years ago: since the heart is deceitful, following it would not be wise. We must set our minds on the things of the Lord and our hearts will follow.

-Leah Marshall-

God set this order of leadership up in our own bodies, long before he gave Adam and Eve their “job descriptions.”

 

 

You can’t live without a heart or without the brain. They have to work together. The heart fuels the brain but the brain commands/regulates the movement of the body/functions (including the heart) Yet without the heart sending blood/oxygen to the brain, the brain dies.He built us in his own image…and everything about us screams out who He is.

 

 

Man was tasked with leadership because of the attributes of God that he protects, NOT because woman wasn’t capable of leading. God merely designed the “team” to work together this way.Genesis 2:24 (re-quoted several times later in scripture too) says that a man and woman will become “one” or “united”

 

Scripture commands us all over to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Yet when it constantly says to “set your MINDS on Christ”

 

 

 

All this to say, we are tasked with guarding wisdom in our hearts, and guarding our hearts because out of it flows everything you do.

 
This wisdom begins with fearing the Lord.

So in focusing back on Adam and Eve….
The mind is harder to sway than the heart is. Our minds can logically come to a sound conclusion yet our hearts can still not believe it…and that is why Satan knew exactly who to attack first in the garden. Where Adam failed, was that when the serpent came to Eve with lies and deceit, Adam should have crushed that snake immediately and protected his wife. Adam knew the animals before Eve was around…so he would have known about the serpent before Eve met him. Instead, he left her and her heart unguarded, and by doing so, also left his wide open to attack as well.
Granted, Adam wasn’t specifically charged with being “head over” his wife, but he was charged with taking care of EVERYTHING that God created and put before Him. Eve was one of those creations.
So once again, I say to us Men that are striving to be Men After God’s Own Heart:

Proverbs 4:23 [amp]23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Do not make the same mistakes Adam did.
[Love Him.Guard Her.]
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