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Series Introduction

Foreshadows Introduction

Volume 1 -THE GARDEN OF EDEN - Adam's Creation and His
Spiritual and
Physical Environments


Volume 3 - JOSEPH, EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH - A Foreshadow of God's Agenda for Jew and Gentile

Volume 4  - CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER - A Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile

Volume 5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION - God's Agenda for the End Time


Volume 7  - CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE - A Foreshadow of Redemption


Bible Lessons

(An excerpt from Volume 1 -THE GARDEN OF EDEN - Adam's Creation and His Spiritual and Physical Environments. For an in-depth study of God molding man into existence return to Volume 1.)


Genesis 2:7 (KJV) - And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.

"Formed" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #3335 yatsar (yaw-tsar'); probably identical with #3334 (through the squeezing into shape); to mold into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e. form a resolution).

God's forming of Adam from the elements of the earth was done to provide Adam with a physical and habitable earthly dwelling. A living organism composed and molded from elements of the earth and suitable for the indwelling Spirit of God. Man's purpose is to be a habitable dwelling for God.

"Yatsar" means to mold into a form as a potter molds clay into a predetermined form. Yatsar also means to press, as in squeezing. But, yatsar also has a figurative meaning "to be in distress."

#3334 yatsar (yaw-tsar'); a primitive root; to press (intransitive), i.e. be narrow; figuratively, be in distress.

Use in KJV-- be distressed, be narrow, be straitened (in straits), be vexed.

Adam was fashioned from the elements of the ground. Adam was an earthly man, a physical being of flesh and blood. Rather than speaking Adam into existence, "yatsar" reveals God was using his hands to mold and shape Adam from clay, as a potter molds his work. This process of molding requires some squeezing and pressing (kneading) in order to shape Adam. His created man would be formed through this pressing and molding process.

Figuratively, yatsar means to be formed by distress and vexation. This is a picture of God pressing and forming the bride of the Spirit (Christian) by a similar process when He molds the spiritual man. Molding by faith in a time of distress and trouble. "Yatsar" is the potter's wheel of God.

1 Peter 1:6-7(NIV) - In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (7) These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Today, when we are experiencing growth in faith through the difficulties of life's issues, the Lord is with us and will guide us through those times as we remain faithful. God pressed Adam into a physical form. God will use distress or times of trouble through which He transforms the spiritual man through faith.

Isaiah 30:20 (KJV) - And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.

John 16:33 (NIV) - "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Trouble and distress was brought upon mankind by the sin of Adam. Through his trouble man will eventually turn to God for a solution to his distress. Christ will provide a way to pass through his troubling issues of life as he perseveres by faith. Faith in God will produce the character of Christ as perseverance by faith finishes its work - James 1:2-4 (NIV) - Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (4) Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) - According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. It's prudent to understand God was seeing into the future when He formed Adam from the ground. God saw the day that man would be transformed spiritually (reborn) and made complete in Christ. Man will experience and know Christ by faith. Christians will know God personally and intimately, as God empowers him to overcome his trouble and distress in the world through Christ. Christ will be glorified in the overcomer's soul. Eventually, there will come a time in the future (end of the millennium reign of Christ) when man will no longer be short of the glory of God. Christians will be able to look God in the face and not be destroyed by the power of God's full glory. Until that day arrives God is continually forming man to be filled with His fullness by love, faith and hope. Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV) - For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, (10) and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.