FIRST BOOK OF ADAM & EVE
knowing they were walking.
And when they came to theopening of the gate of thegarden, and saw the broadearth spread before them,covered with stones large andsmall, and with sand, theyfeared and trembled, and fellon their faces, from the fearthat came over them; andthey were as dead.
Because — whereas untilthis time they had been in thegarden land, beautifullyplanted with all manner of trees — they now sawthemselves, in a strange land,which they knew not, and hadnever seen.
And because, when theywere in the garden they werefilled with the grace of abright nature, and they hadnot hearts turned towardearthly things.
Therefore God had pity onthem; and when He saw themfallen before the gate of thegarden, He sent His Word toour father, Adam and Eve,and raised them from theirfallen state.CHAPTER III
Concerning the promise of the great five and a half days.
God said to Adam, "I haveordained on this earth daysand years, and you and yourdescendants shall live andwalk in them, until the daysand years are fulfilled; when Ishall send the Word thatcreated you, and againstwhich you have transgressed,the Word that made you comeout of the garden, and thatraised you when you werefallen.
Yes, the Word that willagain save you when the fiveand a half days are fulfilled."
But when Adam heardthese words from God, and of the great five and a half days,he did not understand themeaning of them.
For Adam was thinkingthere would be only five anda half days for him until theend of the world.
And Adam cried, andprayed to God to explain it tohim.
Then God in his mercy forAdam who was made after Hisown image and likeness,explained to him, that thesewere 5,000 and 500 years;and how One would thencome and save him and hisdescendants.
But before that, God hadmade this covenant with ourfather, Adam, in the sameterms, before he came out of the garden, when he was bythe tree where Eve took of the fruit and gave it to him toeat.
Because, when our fatherAdam came out of the garden,he passed by that tree, andsaw how God had changedthe appearance of it intoanother form, and how itshriveled.
And as Adam went to it hefeared, trembled and felldown; but God in His mercylifted him up, and then made