Episode:The Second Epochal Revelation to Urantia (Part 3)
Paper 74:2-4, p. 829
Adam and Eve's arrival in the Garden of Eden was cause for great excitement, and thousands of the near-by tribesmen came to welcome them. A formal ceremony was held to inaugurate a new dispensation of world rulership, the celebration being attended by various leaders of men and angels. The new rulers of Urantia then spent six days inspecting the Garden and learning more about the immensity of the problems on our world. On the seventh day all the inhabitants worshiped the Father in the Garden temple, that being the origin of the Sabbath-day tradition.
Summary by Kermit
Prior to our reading, Chris gave an interesting explanation of the revelation’s precise (to the year) time span from Adam and Eve’s arrival on Urantia and the year of the writing of the revelation. Such precision allows the accurate correlation of a list of Sumerian kings (no longer extant) and archeological discoveries establishing the occurrence of a major flood in that region around 2900 B.C.
2. Arrival of Adam and Eve
Upon their arrival on Urantia, Adam and Eve first meet Van and Amadon, addressing them in their native language.
Discussion: regarding the twenty-four letter alphabet in use at that time. Other alphabets in other languages also being in the same ballpark, suggests that they represent manifestations of patterns from on high.
We also speculated humorously regarding the carrier pigeon communication system used to broadcast the arrival of the promised Son.
For many months near-by tribesmen came by the thousands to welcome the pair and do homage to their unseen Father.
The reception committee was composed the twelve Melchizedek receivers, an evolutionary mortal from each of the Urantia mortal races; Sangik, Nodite and Andonic. Also included were the acting chief of the midwayers and the two resident Life Carriers.
The formal reception and delivery of the charge of planetary custody to Adam and Eve included their oaths of allegiance to the Most Highs of Norlatiadek and to Michael of Nebadon. Here Van relinquished his titular authority of over one hundred-fifty thousand years standing, whereupon Adam and Eve were proclaimed rulers of Urantia.
Thus, was the second planetary dispensation of the Planetary Prince, terminated by the judgment roll call, proclaimed by the archangels and heard by those present.
3. Adam and Eve Learn About the Planet
Unlike their Jerusem fellows who had gone to worlds running more smoothly, Adam and Eve immediately became aware of their isolation from the space broadcasts and other circuits of extraplanetary communication. In addition, the rebellious Planetary Prince was still present and capable of making the pair’s task difficult and hazardous, even though he was shorn of most of his power to work evil.
Discussion: From day one, Adam and Eve’s loneliness, and disillusionment are emphasized. It was pointed out that in this emphasis, we discern the beginnings of their missteps leading to their default. Their lesson to us here is the challenge to remember, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, by faith, know of our place in the cosmos, created, controlled and upheld by the unseen Father. It’s import to de-anthropomorphize the rebellion. The true rebellion is the attempt to accelerate the process of social evolution on our planet. Social reform is indeed sorely needed today, and we are challenged to seek the wisdom of God’s perspective and timetable. Remember that change without growth is potential evil.
Adam and Eve’s first seven days on Urantia are revealed.
- Day one, being the reception and installation as new planetary leaders.
- Day two consisted of sessions with the Melchizedek receivers and their advisory council, learning more details of the rebellion and its consequences for the world’s progress. We’re told of their arriving at a full realization of the folly of attempting to achieve planetary advancement independently of the divine plan of progression, a curious statement in light of Eve’s transgression some hundred years hence.
- Day three was given to the inspetion of the Garden from the fandors, followed by an enormous banquet honoring those who labored to create this, the most beautiful spot on earth.
- On day four, Adam and Eve addressed the Garden assembly concerning their plans for the rehabilitation of the world. Another feast concluded this day. This was a great day, as it was the first occasion since the days of Dalamatia, that women shared honors and responsibilities for world affairs with men.
- Day five was occupied with the organization of the transitional government to function until the Melchizedek receivers should leave the planet.
- Day six was devoted to an inspection of the numerous types of men and animal inhabitants of the world. Both Adam and Eve demonstrated their exhaustive knowledge of the nature and function of these manifold and diverse material creatures, even including those too small to be seen by the human eye, all on the fly (as it were)
- Adam and Eve anticipated the seventh day as a day of rest, free from all activities. Yet, that was not to be, as the Garden dwellers were so taken with the intellect and charm of the pair, that they were disposed to worship them as Gods.
4. The First Upheaval
As Adam and Eve slept following the busy sixth day, the new and temporary administrators of world affairs concluded that Divinity had indeed descended to earth in bodily form. The pair were deemed Gods worthy of worship. Van’s protest was swept aside. He was himself, regarded as not far from being a god. Van, avoiding the adoration of the excited Edenites, sent the midwayer leader in great haste to Adam and Eve.
The midwayers, then transported Adam and Eve to the Father’s temple to address the Edenites. Adam explained the orders of divine sonship to the throng, and made clear to them that only the Father and those whom he designates may be worshiped. He would accept honor and respect, but never worship. Adam and Eve then directed the crowd to the Father’s temple to worship the unseen Father, and they obeyed. Thus was the Sabbath-day tradition established. Always in Eden, the seventh day was devoted to four facets of self-culture; physical, spiritual, mindal, and social.