Saturday, May 12, 2007

Adam's Fall & Pentecost: Mirror Images of God’s Visitation?

FWIW, I noticed a possible similarity in the description of God’s visitation on the day of Pentecost, and God’s visitation on the day of Adam and Eve’s sin.

On the day of Pentecost, “there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2.2.)

I recall that Meredith Kline argues in his Images of the Spirit that the Hebrew in Gn 3.8, usually translated as God walking in the “cool of the day,” should more accurately be translated as the “storm of the day.” The storm indicates God’s visitation. (Anyone else tired of always hearing that God visits us as a “still, quiet voice”?)

So God comes to Adam and Eve in a storm, and he comes to the disciples on Pentecost in a storm.

In Genesis, Adam and Eve flee from God’s visitation, sinners that they are. And God expels them from his presence

On Pentecost, the disciples do not flee God’s presence, redeemed that they are. And far from expelling them from his presence, God instead indwells them. Definitive evidence that Jesus remedied Adam’s sin problem.


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