Adam, Where Are You?
This was the question that God posed to Adam right after the fall. It surely wasn’t that the Almighty, Omniscient One couldn’t find His creation; He simply wanted Adam to know where he was.
Adam had severed himself from his covenant relationship with the Lord through a rebellious act and God wanted him to know it. Man had lost much, much more than he could possibly imagine. This was a tragedy of immense proportion. Adam had lost his integrity.
The word “Integrity” holds the idea of: (1 the quality of being honest and morally upright. (2 the state of being whole or unified. (3 soundness of construction.
Through the fall, Adam lost the quality of being honest and morally upright as well as the state of being whole or unified. This undermined his very construction. He had been made after the image and likeness of God Himself as an eternal being. He was designed to live forever, enjoying the fellowship of God and the pleasures of the Garden, wherein there was only beauty and peace. He and his Father would walk, and talk, together every day. He had dominion authority over all of creation and, with his helpmeet, Eve, was to be fruitful and multiply in the unblemished earth.
He had integrity until he began to consider that perhaps the devil was right in implying that God was holding out on him. Maybe there was more enjoyment, more knowledge, more of everything hidden in the forbidden fruit.
The moment he began to entertain those kinds of thoughts he became double minded and that, my friend, is a lack of integrity. He ceased to unified in who he was. He was no longer whole in his character and it cost him everything.
When God promises to multiply, He is not talking about anything small. He thinks BIG! He wants you and I to begin to think outside the box of our past experience and begin to count the stars. Soon we will realize that it is impossible to count them. They are a multitude. God said that He would make each of us a multitude. In fact we are to be a “multitude of nations.”
. . . his seed shall become a multitude of nations. Genesis 48:19 (KJV)
Every Member a Multitude
The plan of God is that each one of us become a “multitude of nations.” This will satisfy the heart of God because He would that none be lost and that His house be full. The book of Revelation shows us a picture of heaven with an innumerable host before the throne of God.
After this I looked and a vast host appeared which no one could count, (gathered out) of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. These stood before the throne and before the Lamb; they were attired in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 (AMP)
The only way that there will be an innumerable host in heaven is for an innumerable host to be saved on earth. There is no second chance, the time is now. It is time that we look to our covenant promise and appropriate it by the resulting action of real faith (Faith without corresponding action is dead).
First, we must pray for the harvest promise.
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession. Psalm 2:8 (AMP)
Then, we must put action to our prayer of faith and go to the lost. Jesus said,
. . . Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature (of the whole human race). He who believes . . . and is baptized will be saved
. . . And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; They will pick up serpents; and (even) if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. Mark 16:15-18 (AMP)
You are a Multitude. – Selah