The First Adam and the Last Adam

When You breathed life into Adam and then
When You removed his rib to make his Eve,
When You closed up his side with flesh again,
Did you a scar on his perfect flesh leave?
In Your unblemished world he did receive
Blemish to make flesh of his flesh and bone.
So in Your prescience, Lord I believe
You showed the pattern for how You’d atone.
As the first Adam was, the last is sown—
Firstborn of the flesh/Firstborn from the dead.
His side, hands, feet too, scarred to have His own,
His bride, the Church, unblemished He to wed.
And in eternal bliss of unity
I flesh of Your flesh indefectibly.

by Sara DuVall

Gen. 2:7-24
Eph. 5:25-32
1 Cor. 15:36-49

45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:45-49 ESV

As a new mother, I had a hard time balancing my writing and my career with parenting. I found a great conflict between the two, but I believe that was more of a perceived conflict than an actual conflict. Today, I find my greatest moments of inspiration when I am washing the dishes and listening to an audio version of the Bible, folding laundry and meditating on the Bible, and reading my children the Bible. It is in the day-to-day and the mundane that He meets me, as is true of us all in our lives. Christianity is not about reaching Him in heaven, but God reaching down to us where we are in the base and mundane drudgery of life. God destroyed the Tower of Babel when men tried to reach the heavens. God has always come down to dwell with us since He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, since Solomon built the Temple and the shekinah glory came down and filled it, and since Christ became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). One day, God will bring the New Jerusalem down out of heaven to the earth and live with us forever (Rev. 21:1-3). Praise God who makes the mundane exciting!

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