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Bible Profile: Adam

One of the most recognizable figures in the Bible is Adam, who was the first man on earth. For a short time, he was the only individual on earth, as he was without parents, family, or friends. He came to earth as a man and did not live a childhood. Since Adam was alone in the world, God felt moved to create a companion for Adam. In this article, you will learn more about Adam and his relationship with Eve.  

The Bible states that Adam was made in the image of God. Because of this, he shared a close relationship with his Creator. As the first man on earth, Adam had responsibilities. For starters, God chose Adam to name the animals, which would make him the first zoologist. He also served as a landscaper and horticulturist, as he had duties in the garden and was responsible for taking care of the plants. Being the first man on earth, he is also referred to as the father of humankind.  

God had given Adam the Garden of Eden. While it was his to enjoy, it was also his responsibility to take care of every aspect in the garden. God told Adam that one tree in the garden was forbidden , it was known as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

When Eve was introduced to Adam, he taught her the rules of the garden. She was well aware that it was forbidden to eat the fruit from the tree found in the center of the garden. However, she fell victim to the temptations of Satan and she allowed herself to be deceived despite all that she already knew. When she offered the fruit to Adam, he had to make a decision that would change the fate of the world forever. In choosing to eat the fruit, their act of rebellion marked the independence and disobedience of the couple. God reacted to man’s sin with a plan that is further revealed in the Bible. Their act would come with consequences.

Despite all that God told Adam, he committed a sin with Eve. When his transgression was brought to the light, he blamed Eve and made excuses for his actions. He also hid from God in shame, and rather than deal with his sin, he chose not to admit the truth.

Because of their sin, the first man and woman were expelled from the Garden of Eden. In the Bible, they are referenced in the following passage: Genesis 1:26-5:5; 1 Chronicles 1:1; Luke 3:38; Romans 5:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45; and 1 Timothy 2:13-14. In reading the Bible, we learn that Adam and Eve have sons Cain, Abel, and Seth, as well as many more children.