Learning Curve… Beginnings…

03 Mar

Awakening Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. [Genesis 2:1-7]

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There’s this question that keeps coming to me…

“What did Adam know?”

I mean, think about it for a moment. All our preaching/teaching/debate regarding “culture”, “worldview”, the “fallen world”… all that…

A friend spoke to me the other evening about a sermon they heard about Adam at the Creation. He spoke of Adam’s great intellectual endowments and prowess. How magnificent must God’s First Perfect Created Man have been! True… all true…

But I had to respond with a question the Lord has buzzed in me for a long time… “What did he know, in that first instant?”

This all truly has a point which will develop over the next few days, but before that I’d ask that you spend a few moments building the foundation of this discussion and

Imagine… God fashions Adam from the dust of this (new) material universe… God “breathes spirit” into him… Eyes open and here, for the very first time… very first moment in all of history there is…

Human… consciousness…

But… there is nothing else! Adam opens his eyes and sees… the Face of God.

Adam knows nothing about God. No memory. No “intrauterine” memories or sensory stimuli. No parents, no culture, no nursing and nurturing… not even language.

Adam… is the ultimate tabula rasa, the blank slate. God now must grave onto and into Adam all the knowledge, the learning, Adam needs to live fully as a human…

Before anything else happens in the Garden, before there is even speech, just consider this question, “What did Adam… what COULD Adam… know in those first moments when he opened his eyes?”

Until tomorrow…. Grace to thee… The Little Monk


Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Quiet Time, Sermon Seeds, Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Learning Curve… Beginnings…

  1. trishamugo

    March 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Very intriguing…


  2. paulfg

    March 4, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    The cats are on the loose!! 🙂


  3. Little Monk

    March 4, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    Thank you, Trisha and Paul. Indeed the cats are loosed, but in this case they are staking out a very specific flock of mice down a very tantalizing hole. “Intriguing” is a wonderful word, for this… this “thing”… this “Adam wakens” thing… has been like an “Alice in Wonderland” keyhole for me for the longest time. I hope to follow this path in your company this time, and see what we all shall see.

    Grace — LM


  4. Susan Irene Fox

    March 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Wow. The first image that entered my mind was Chuck, when he was instantly downloaded with all that knowledge. (It’s an American TV show. 😉 He passed out. )

    I think God gave him the knowledge, but he needed God’s help to figure out what to do with it all, to sort it all out. Just as we have all been given Christ’s Spirit, but we don’t know it until it’s revealed to us when we embrace Him.

    In those first moments? Probably a deer in headlights. 🙂



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