Today's passage: Genesis 2:18-25
- For the first time, God saw something that was not good.
- Adam giving names to the animals accomplishes a couple of things:
- Adam exercises dominion over creation as God intended man to do.
- Adam sees that of all the purposes these other creatures are given to do, none of them are fit for him (He sees the “not good” that God also saw).
- As a result, he becomes all the more excited when God reveals his “helper.” God maximized his joy.
- Man and woman were made from one flesh (Adam) and are intended to become one flesh (Physical union).
- Marriage is much more than just physical union. But it is not marriage without physical union.
- God's design for families consists of a father and mother and marriage is defined in verse 24 as the union between a husband and wife, man and woman.
Questions to consider:
- Why were Adam and Eve able to be together, naked and unashamed? What hasn't happened yet (Chapter 3…)? What has sin done to trust, the feeling of safety, the sense of need to protect one's self, etc.? How does verse 25 contrast from the reality of the world today, post the fall?
- What is God's design for marriage and for family? What does the reality of physical union being tied to marriage and the fact that marriage is between one man and one woman also say about the definition of gender?
- How does the role of a father and mother change in the life of their child after they have been joined together with their spouse? What does it mean to “leave” father and mother? When has a new family unit been established? What responsibilities come with marriage?