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THE ORIGINAL COUPLE
In some respects, Adam and Eve were the most important couple that ever lived in the history of the whole human race. They were the first pair. They were endowed with a state of holiness that enabled them to commune and have fellowship with God their Creator. Since they were the first, they bore the responsibility that no other couple has ever had. But Adam was created before Eve. Let us observe him in this original state.
ADAM, THE ORIGINAL MAN
God planted a garden eastward in Eden, In the garden God placed Adam whom He had formed. In this garden grew many types of plants and trees that were most beautiful to the sight and good for food. Two of the more important trees were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From the land of Eden flowed a river that was designed to water the plants and. trees of the garden. Rather broad was the land of Eden, because four great rivers flowed through its territory. The name of the first was Pison, that wound its way through the whole land of Havilah, a country from which Adam's posterity mined the precious metal of gold. Discovered there also was bdellum and the onyx stone. A second river named Gihon compassed the whole fertile land of Ethiopia. This country was a thousand miles to the south and very wealthy in natural resources. A third river named Heddekel, better known as Tigris, flowed through the vast lands that were later known as Assyria. Tile fourth and famous river. known as Euphrates, streamed its way through the territory' that later became known as Babylon. Within the vast stretches of Eden, on the eastern side, God made a special garden where He placed Adam.
Duties were assigned to Adam. He was to dress and keep the garden. Regulations and prohibitions were clearly outlined and communicated to him: "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2: 16, 17).
God observed Adam and concluded that he needed a helper. The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and formed it into a woman whom he named Eve, then gave her to Adam in marriage. These two became the first couple.
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