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September 23, 2018


SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:18 -24; 4:1-2


KEY VERSE: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)


BACKGROUND: The following is a short outline of Genesis chapter two.


In Genesis 2 we are given the details concerning the creation of man and woman and their place in the Lord’s plan. This account does not contradict chapter 1; it complements it. We see the man involved in several activities.


Ø Adam Rested (Genesis 2:1–3). The Lord’s rest was the rest of completion, not the rest of exhaustion, for the Lord never gets weary (Psalm 121:4). Adam must have rested also, fellowshipped with Jehovah God, and worshiped Him. The seventh day (the Sabbath) became a sign to Israel that they were the Lord’s chosen people (Exodus 31:13–17). It is also a symbol of the eternal rest the Lord’s people will have with Him (Hebrews 4:9–11).


Ø Adam Worked (Genesis 2:4–15). Work and rest must be in balance. The history of mankind involves three gardens: (1) the Garden of God, where man took of the tree and sinned; (2) the Garden of Gethsemane, where the Savior took the cup and went to the cross to die for our sins; and (3) the “garden city” of glory where the Lord will take all His children to live forever (Revelation 21–22).


Work is not a curse! The Lord gave Adam the job of guarding the Garden of Eden and tilling it. It was a fulfilling service for him. Man and the Lord must work together to produce the harvest. Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depended on God and work as though everything depended on you.”


Ø Adam Submitted (Genesis 2:16–17). The Creator has the right to govern His creatures. Love sets limits for the good of man. God calls us to obey Him because we want to, not because we have to. God does not want machines; He wants children who freely desire to serve Him. Notice particularly the word “freely” in verse 16.


Ø Adam Named (Genesis 2:18–25). Man’s naming the animals was a part of his “dominion” as the head of creation (Genesis 2:1:26–28). He lost this dominion because of sin (Psalm 8), but we have regained it through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:5 and following verses.).


Adam also named his mate; he called her “Woman.” Later, he would call her “Eve.” The Lord established marriage to meet man’s need for companionship (Genesis 2::18) and to provide for the rearing of children (Genesis 1:28). In addition it served as a picture of Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:25–32). Adam gave of himself for his bride, and Jesus Christ gave of Himself for His bride (John 19:31–37).


INTRODUCTION: The subjects of Genesis chapter 2 are quite wonderful: the creation of man, where he is placed, his occupation, the condition upon which he is there with a responsibility, his need for a companion, and then God’s creation of woman. There is to be an identity between the husband and the wife, and God says, “Husbands, love your wives.” This is the creation story!


I. NOT GOOD TO BE ALONE. (Genesis 2:18-20)


A. God saw that man was alone. (Genesis 2:18)


(Genesis 2:18) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.


There was a purpose in God’s putting man in the garden alone for a period of time. It was to show him that he had a need, that he needed someone to be with him.


B. God knew that man needed a “helper.”


1. Adam named the animals. (Genesis 2:19)


(Genesis 2:19) And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.


Believe me, that man had to be a smart man to name all the animals. Someone has said that when God brought an elephant to Adam and said, “What shall we call this one?” Adam said, “Well, he looks more like an elephant than anything else.” And I guess he did!


2. Adam needed a helper. (Genesis 2:20)


(Genesis 2:20) And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.


An help for him” -- (the word meet should not be here) -- that is, one agreeing and answering to him, a helper as his counterpart, the other half of him. A man is but half a man until he is married, and that is very important to see. I am not here to promote marriage, and yet I would say that it is God’s intention for both man and woman. The woman is to answer to the man.


II. THE CREATION OF EVE. (Genesis 2:21-24)


Note: God made a woman for man. They were made for each other (Genesis 2:21-23).


A. Eve was taken from Adam. (Genesis 2:21-22)


(Genesis 2:21-22) 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.


1. The woman is taken from Adam (from the side of Adam).


Matthew Henry said that God did not take her from the head to be his superior, or from his foot to be his inferior, but He took her from his side to be equal with him, to be along with him.


2. The woman is to be the other half of man (that is exactly the purpose).


This is exactly what God meant when He said, “Wives, submit to your husbands.” He means that she is to respond, to answer to her husband. A wife is the other part of him, the other half of him. He is only half a man without her.


3. The woman is very beautiful (no doubt, Eve was beautiful).


Any woman today who is beautiful inherited it originally from mother Eve. There is no beauty that she did not have. She was a “living doll,” as some would say! And she was the other half of Adam.


B. Adam called her “Woman.” (Genesis 2:23)


(Genesis 2:23) And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.


1. The word for Woman in the Hebrew language is very similar to the word for Man.


The word for man is “ish,” and the word for woman is “ishshah.” She is the other part of man and is to answer to him. The Lord intended man to take the lead -- God created him first -- and God created woman to follow. The man is the aggressor – the Lord made him that way even physically -- and woman is the responder.


2. The Lord says that the woman is to respond to the man.


If he says to her, “I love you,” then she is going to say right back to him, “I love you.” When a man tells me, “My wife is very cold,” that is a giveaway that he is not really the kind of husband he should be. If he is the right kind of husband, she will respond, because he is the one to take the lead.”


C. Adam and Eve married. (Genesis 2:24)


(Genesis 2:24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


INSIGHT: Lest anyone who is single get the wrong idea, it is NOT always God's will for everyone to be married. For example, notice Jesus’ statement in Matthew 19:11-12 and Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 7:7.


There are times and circumstances when God has determined that He can better use someone when they are unattached and single (1 Corinthians 7:32-33.) Therefore, instead of being upset with the Lord and doing everything in your power to attract a mate, perhaps the correct response would be to realize that the Lord might have a better plan for your life.


God performed the first marriage! In Genesis 2 God has given us a pattern that we are wise to follow.


Married couples should live independently from their parents. In other words, the man is now subject to his wife in the sense that HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER, and he is no longer under the control of his father and mother and she is no longer under the control of her father and mother.


INSIGHT: Every married couple needs to realize that they have been made one. You are not really “a couple,” you are a single unit and declared by God in Heaven to be “joined together” until death causes one of you to part.


If we really lived with this assurance, it would transform our homes, our churches and our nation! Then, divorce would not be an option but would be just like how we would spare no expense or effort to save a member of our own body. We would do everything in our power to safeguard our marriages!


III. THE FIRST CHILDREN. (Genesis 4:1-2)


INSIGHT: Satan is a serpent that deceives and a lion that devours (1 Peter 5:8–9). He used Eve to tempt Adam and Cain to destroy Abel. The two “seeds” of Genesis 3:15 came into conflict, for Cain was a child of the devil (1 John 3:10–12), while Abel was a child of God (Matthew 23:35). Like his father, the devil, Cain was a liar and a murderer (John 8:44).


The marks of GOD’S CHILDREN are (1) faith, (2) hope, and (3) love (1 Cor. 13:13; 1 Thess. 1:3–4). The marks of THE DEVIL’S SEED are (1) unbelief, (2) despair, and (3) hatred, and they are evident in Cain.


A. Cain was born. (Genesis 4:1)


(Genesis 4:1) And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.


Cain and Abel are the two boys that we are looking at. This reveals the fact that Adam and Eve certainly did not anticipate that the struggle was going to be long. When Cain was born, Eve must have said, “I have gotten the man from the Lord. God said that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent -- and here he is!”


A. Abel was born. (Genesis 4:2)


(Genesis 4:2) And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.


But Cain was not the one. He was a murderer, he was no savior at all. It will be a long time before the Savior comes. For a minimum of six thousand years -- and I think it has been longer than that -- the struggle has been going on between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.


by David Branon


So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Ephesians 5:28-29)


1. Why are we so stubbornly neglectful at times about the relationship that can bring us the most happiness?


2. It’s no secret that outside of our fellowship with God, the most vital connection we have with anyone is the one we share with our spouse. Yet how often do we treat that relationship with the attention it needs?


3. When God ordained marriage in the Garden, He offered us a remarkable relationship. When nurtured, it brings happiness, peace, fulfillment, purpose, and growth. The irony of this close connection between two people, though, is that when it is not nurtured, it can bring frustration, pain, sorrow, anger, and bitterness.


4. That’s why I wonder why we are so stubbornly neglectful about this vital relationship.


5. On certain days throughout the year, we are expected to show special attention to the one we love. On those days we find it easy to demonstrate the qualities that brighten a marriage. But shouldn’t we do this every day? Shouldn’t we love, honor, cherish, communicate, forgive, respect, and guard this relationship all the time? We will if we want the joy God intended for us to experience in our marriage.


 – Adapted from David Branon, Our Daily Bread, February 15, 1996.


CONCLUSION: There is God's design for marriage.


·        As we hold it before us we can see by contrast the reasons why so many marriages are failing in America today.


·        (1) We live in a world created by God, (2) we are creatures made in the image of God, and (3) we enjoy multiplied blessings from the hand of God.


·        What we need desperately is to return to this Biblical pattern, for here are revealed the secrets of happy married life.


Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:33)


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.”


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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.



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