Flawed Perfection: Adam
Darkness. An eerie silence surrounds the nothingness. There is no light, no sun, moon, or anything that we can easily recognize...only darkness. It is at this point that God decides to create the Earth in all its splendor. From night and day (Gen 1:3-5) to the oceans, seas and sky (Gen 1:6-10), and to the earth and all vegetarian (Gen 1:11-12), God was in amazing form creating and establishing boundaries. God saved his best for last, however, as he had a conversation with the Holy Spirit and pre-incarnate Yashua to make man in their own image. With great precision as if creating a new masterpiece, Adam was born. After Adam was created, he was given dominion over everything he surveyed; the lands, the animals, all of it. God even so graciously blessed him with a wife, Eve, and they both were to have dominion over the Earth with Adam's authority second only to God.
Adam's mark of perfection was his close relationship with God. Adam was the original image bearer of God, there was no human before him. He was the first, the progenitor of an entire species widely known as homo sapien. At this time, there was no sin in the world. There was no innate desire to disobey and rebel against God; there was only respect for God's design. God saw fit to give Adam authority to rule the Garden of Eden however he chose with only one limitation. God created a wife for him from one of his ribs to create and establish the principle of relationships via companionship. These blessings signify that there was a level of pure trust between Adam and God; a relationship with no ulterior motives or hidden agendas. To sum it up in a few short words, Adam was essentially in perfect harmony and alignment with God's will. That is, until he demonstrated a flaw that ruined everything.
That major flaw that changed the psychology of mankind was deflection. At the most critical and opportune time for Adam to cement his close relationship with God by displaying his respect for God's decrees, he failed in more ways than one. He failed to stop the serpent from deceiving his wife into desiring knowledge equal to what God knows (Gen 3:1-5). As if that wasn't bad enough, he refused to accept responsibility for the actions of those under his leadership and authority. When he ate the fruit from the tree God forbid him to eat from, he immediately placed the burden on Eve.
Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard You[b] in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
This flaw was cataclysmic. Not only was the trust between man and God shattered, but sin entered into the DNA of mankind ever since. What was once easy to follow God is now a struggle. Humanity rejects his sovereignty, wisdom, and try mentioning his standard of holiness without being greeted with venom. The punishment for both Eve (Gen 3:16), the progenitor of womanhood, and Adam (Gen 3:17-19) were severe beyond what they could imagine.
The only redeeming instance in this case can be seen in the punishment handed out to the serpent for this act of deception.
Then the Lord God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
God foreshadows a time when Satan will be defeated by Eve's seed (referring to the coming birth, ministry, and sacrificial atonement of Yashua). That time wouldn't, however, come until much later (2,000 years later) after the death of Adam and Eve so there was no recovery or redemption to offer for their sin. Adam can remembered as both what the original relationship between God and man was designed to be, and how everything was ruined due to a flaw...a flaw with consequences all mankind would have to suffer.