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Adam and adam

Updated: Feb 26, 2022

The Holy Bible is filled with names, some that are hard to pronounce.  I enjoy looking up the name meanings on websites, so I will be better able to understand a reading.  Often, I find that several biblical characters have the same name, so it is important to know which one is being referenced.  One example is Lazarus.  That is a character in Jesus’ parable about the rich man, and Lazarus was the man Jesus raised from the dead.  These are two different people.

What seems to get past people is the Genesis chapter 1 reference to Adam and the Genesis chapters after chapter 1 referring to Adam.  These are not two different people, but two different intended uses of the same word.  Genesis 1 uses Adam to mean mankind, not one specific man named Adam.  That begins in chapter 2.  Adam was the name given to a specific man because he was a special man.  Adam was the Son of Man who was the Son of God (God made).  Adam the named man was sent to save mankind Adam.

When you are able to see the difference, it is easier to see how the books of the Holy Bible are stories of that salvation spirit, as the storyline follows the lineage that stays true to God.  Certainly, many men, born of holy men, fell to the wayside; and many stories are about the difficulties holy men have amid a sea of corrupted mankind.  The storyline is establishing the men (Adams) who would lead the world (eventually) to realize there is only one God.  This line leads to Jesus, also called the Son of Man.  The holy men after Jesus are those filled with the Holy Spirit, sent by Christ, so holy men are all Adams (the named man) with the breath of God giving them life, and the heart of Christ keeping them holy.  Just like with the first named Adam, holy Adams are here for the rest of the world.

R. T. Tippett


I wrote this and published in on my blog in 2013. In 2020, I wrote a series of "Bible Studies" blogs, beginning with explaining Genesis. This take the above concept further: Bible Studies 4: Genesis 2 - The Holy Day created.

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