New Men

Noah is clearly a new Adam, with charge over the animals, the sole fatherhood of mankind, and the repeated dominion mandate. He comes out of the waters and enters into a new creation.  He ends his life sleeping in a garden.  To top it off, his sons have a conflict with one another.

Abraham is a new Noah. He emerges, from nowhere, amidst genealogies, to serve as the father of the people of God, his company being a sort of Ark of salvation to the flooded world.

Isaac becomes a new Abraham, as he (re)deceives Abimelech through his sister/wife and takes over the headship of the promised line. He has two sons, a natural and a spiritual one, who fight with one another.

Jacob becomes a new Isaac, as I mentioned in the previous post, and I believe we’ve got ourselves a pattern.

There are other ways in which each of these men is a new Adam. Certainly Abraham’s task is to begin solving the Adamic problem. Isaac and Rebekah become a new Adam and Eve. Jacob at Bethel begins the entrance back into Eden, as he lays the first stone for the temple.

Perhaps we’ll see Joseph redeeming some part of the Adamic fall…

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.

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