Genesis Lesson 2 Day 5

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Genesis 2:4-25

God creates Eve and unites Adam and Eve in marriage.

13. Why God created marriage

Yahweh God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:18

For the first time, God said something was not good.

Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. Genesis 2:24

God never intended for man to be alone, either in the marital or social sense.

Marriage, in particular, has a blessed civilizing influence on man. The wildest, most violent, sociopathic men in history have always been single, never under the plan God gave to influence men for good. For society as a whole, this is not good.1

Helper comparable to him

From information in Genesis 1:27, we know that God created male and female humans in His image and likeness. Scripture gives no indication that their natures, importance, or intelects were not essentially equal. 

Different versions of the Bible translate this idea in a variety of ways, but the idea is essentially the same in each of them:

· Helper meet (suitable, adapted, completing) (Amplified).

· Companion… a helper suited to his needs (Living).

· Helper such as he needs (Beck).

· A helper correspondent to himself (Septuagint Bible).

· Helper suitable (NIV, NASB).

· A help meet for him (KJV).1

A helper is someone who can provide what is lacking in another. In no way is it a demeaning word. God and Holy Spirit are referred to as helpers

The original Adam possessed the strengths of both male and female. But when God separated these qualities into two people, neither the male nor female were totally complete by themselves. They needed to be joined together as one to make the original person God wanted man to be.2

God assigned Adam the leadership role. “We only see “helping” as a position of inferiority when we think like the world thinks. God considers positions of service as most important in His sight (Matthew 20:25-28).1″

A man will leave his father and mother

The Hebrew word azab, which was translated “leave” in this verse, was used 215 times in the Old Testament. The majority of those times (129), this word was translated as some form of “forsake” (“forsake,” “forsaken,” or “forsook”). This is talking about a real separation between the man and his parents that is replaced with a cleaving to his wife. Failure to do this has been the cause of many failed marriages.2

They will become one flesh.

Adam and Eve were one flesh from the beginning because God took her out of Adam.

In keeping with God’s image and nature, Adam and Eve come together as one in marriage. It’s a mystery similar to how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one. Each has a different role but they function together in unity of purpose. 

It is clear that God plans for marriage to be an intimate relationship in every way. They were to leave their parents, work together to accomplish rewarding tasks, and produce and nurture offspring who would look like them.

The man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed.

Like innocent little children, they weren’t embarrassed or ashamed until after they sinned and became self-conscious. Afterward, they suffered feelings like shame, guilt, fear, and worry.

14. God cares deeply about His creation.

I’m in awe of His attention to details and His direct involvement. Even though we live in a fallen version of creation, the Lord God Creator still cares about us. 

He still expects us to overcome the temptation to be careless about the earth and our families. Most of all, we must not neglect our Creator.

15. Personal application

When I remember God’s view of helpers and that serving others reflects His nature, it encourages me to have a better attitude about it.


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Resources

1 EnduringWord.com
2 AWM Living Commentary
3 Spirit Filled Life Bible* footnote on Gen
4 AMPC Amplified Bible* 


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