You may be inclined to pity Adam as a poor victim, preyed upon by the devil and tragically cast into death and dismay. As tragic as the Fall is, we must realize however, that Adam acted in astounding wickedness. In his regal dignity as ‘image of God’, he willfully abandoned his responsibilities and blasphemously rejected his Creator Father. We should be morally disgusted by this man who irrationally introduced death into creation. Our revulsion of his cowardly sin should incite us to determine not to likewise abdicate our headship. Read Gn 3:1-6.
In this study, we will isolate Adam from Eve in order to ascertain the distinguishing traits of his unfallen masculinity. Our concern is to focus in on issues pertaining to the exercise of male headship. We must consider the man in Gn. 2 for there we can recognize his headship functioning prior to the creation of the woman. This approach which isolates Adam from Eve follows that of Paul who considers the sequential order of the creation of the genders germane to a New Covenant view of the sexes: For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. (1 Tim 2:13).