The Beauty of Marriage
Big Idea: Marriage was designed by God as a strong unified force to establish and maintain the Kingdom of God in our world.
Scripture: Genesis 2 NLT
2 On the seventh day God had finished His work of creation, so He rested from all His work.
3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation.
4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land.
7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground.
He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Ruach – breath, wind, spirit.
And the Spirit (Ruach) of the Lord will rest on Him–the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 NLT
Genesis 2:8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there He placed the man He had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground–trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden He placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. 11 The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. 12 The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. 14 The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
He taught Adam to set boundaries to protect his family. Adam’s two-fold job description was to provide for his family by producing, and to protect his family, by placing a fence, or boundary, around them. He was obviously aware of the devil’s opposition by that time
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend (Be fruitful and multiply) and watch over it (subdue and rule)
16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden–except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
He gave to Adam extra protection because he knew, as a man, he was vulnerable to pride.
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
This was the first time God used the words “not good”. He knew the future and he knew man’s points of vulnerability. The word “helper” is worthy of study because it is one of the two primary responsibilities of women.
Note that the same word, “helper” is used to describe the work of the Holy Spirit. Obviously, we’re not looking at a soft, lowly, acquiescent position as helper. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 ESV
The same word is used in Paul’s description of a storm on the Mediterranean Sea. The winds were blowing so hard that the frightened sailors had to cinch a wire around the ship to keep it from bursting apart. Picture a man under spiritual attack, and his wife holding him together, so he doesn’t implode.
After hoisting it up, they used supports (same word as helper) to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along.
Genesis 2:19. So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and He brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”
Before our parents, Adam and Eve, faced their first test together, Jesus officiated at their marriage. His intention was not that we should expect our spouse to fulfill us; rather, we should each be fulfilled in our relationship with Jesus. Then marriage is so that each partner will have a distinct responsibility in fulfilling the purposes of our Creator.
Think of it as a three-legged stool: husband, wife, marriage.
Adam’s primary responsibilities were to produce and protect his “garden”.
Eve’s primary responsibilities were to strengthen her husband and nurture the next generation.
In marriage, they were to add fortitude and power to the other, so that together they can establish and maintain Kingdom order in their family and their assigned garden.
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