The human race is a race of cowards...
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. ~ Mark Twain
Humans are beggars in clothes of various quality. The loudest and poorest of all human clothing is cowardice. It shrouds sin, and flees the truth.
Mankind has little real strength as they scratch for the crumbs of life, or pluck at the questionable fruits of opportunity.
Adam first empowered this trend:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:6)
In his treasonous acquiescence Adam exchanged a feast for a famine, a divine friendship for enmity.
Adam's strength in Eden was around him, it was not within him (cowardice was). He stood silent beside his wife.
The second Adam spoke up (bravely) at Gethsemane, Your will not mine be done!
THE LAST WORD:
It is by His righteous grace alone that means we cowards are not all washed up by sin.