THE NEED FOR THE PROPHETIC GIFT
When Adam and Eve came from the hands of God, each was a perfect being. They had been made in the
image of God, and were given “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the
cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26.
The earth and all that it contained was to be under man's dominion. As to his stewardship, he was
accountable to no one but God.
Not only was man given a general supervision of all things, but he had a special responsibility in the area
that had been set aside as his home. “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He
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In the mind of Adam and Eve there was no inclination to disobey their Creator, no tendency to do evil. On
the other hand, every effort had been put forth by the Creator to enable man to live without ever yielding to
the temptations that would be brought by Satan, who had been cast out of heaven as a result of the war
between his forces and those of Christ. Revelation 12:7-9. Every trait of character was noble, every desire
holy. He was made only “a little lower than the angels,” and had been crowned with “glory and honor.”
Psalm 8:5. He was “the son of God.” Luke 3:38. Provision had been made to supply his every need and
desire. There was every reason why he should always be obedient to the will of God.
But the Bible record tells us that the first real test of Adam and Eve's loyalty to God ended in their
following their own inclination rather than the command of God. Satan, using the serpent as his
mouthpiece, persuaded Eve that God was withholding from her and Adam something that would be good
for her and her husband. While the temptation was apparently a trivial one, Satan had schemed cleverly to
bring upon the unsuspecting Eve a synthesis of all temptations. By an appeal to what John calls “all that is
in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (compare 1 John 2:16 with
Genesis 3:6), the devil deceived Eve (1 Timothy 2:14) and led her to eat of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil. When she offered the fruit to her husband, he ate also and thus sinned deliberately.
Changes in Man's Relations and Thinking
With the entrance of sin into the world, there began a sequence of events and changes in man and in the
natural world around him that made it impossible for man's relation with God to remain as it had been from
the day he was created. Even though God came again to the garden to talk with the transgressors, barriers
had been erected which changed every relationship. Isaiah states the matter concisely: “Your iniquities
have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you.” Isaiah 59:2. Not
only were there barriers between the created ones and the Creator, but basic changes took place in the mind
of man that made it impossible for God to deal with him as in the past. As a background for the study of
the place of the prophetic gift in the relation between God and man, it is essential that one understand the
conditions that made the gift necessary. What happened to the mind of man as the result of sin?
He could no longer see God face to face. Exodus 33:20. It seems obvious from Genesis 3:8 that the coming
of the Lord into the garden was a usual occurrence. Apparently Adam and Eve had enjoyed talking with
the Creator on many occasions; but, because of God's nature it is impossible for sin to exist in His
presence. To shield our first parents from the brightness of His glory, which would have brought them
instant death, God veiled His face as...