History is full of men & women who have reshaped our world in one way or another. But no two people have turned history so significantly or as permanently as the first man & woman: Adam & Eve.
As you look at the life of Adam & Eve in the second chapter of Genesis, you can ask yourself two key questions:
What do I learn about God?
What do I learn about myself & my relationship with God?
God used the power of His Word to speak all of creation into being. But He used His own loving hands to form you, His prized creation.
Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
God got personal when He chose to form the first man from the dust. The God of the universe bent down low to touch the dust of the earth and sculpt it into a human.
Remember that He had spoken all of nature into being. He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. But when it came to his prized creation, He chose to get His hands dirty.
God breathed life into man. As a human being, you live eternally as a spirit, have a soul and dwell in a body. Just as God is three-in-One, so you are made up of three parts: body, soul and spirit. He created you in His image.
…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground…
…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…
…the man became a living being.
Your body is the physical part of your life that can be seen and touched; it houses your spirit and soul. Your spirit will live eternally after this life on earth. Your soul consists of the mind (which includes the conscience), the will and the emotions. Your spirit and soul are what make you – you.
God formed your body, breathed His spirit into you and gave you a unique soul, setting you apart from the rest of creation.
Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
God does things on purpose – He planted a garden and put the man in it to work it and take care of it.
You have a purpose – Both Adam & Eve were invited to take a long walk through life with God, living in His presence, going His way, learning to see the world through His eyes, and getting to know His character so that trusting Him in the dark stretches wouldn’t be quite so difficult.
Adam & Eve were created to know and walk with God and to make Him known to others by reflecting His character in their lives.
Your purpose is the same – to know and walk with God and to make Him known to others by reflecting His character in your life.
Adam & Eve were both created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and God’s image-bearers enter into strong relationships with one another.
Genesis 2:18-24 (NIV)
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
God created marriage as a gift to Adam & Eve
God made woman out of man – He could have formed the woman out of dust, but He chose to make her out of man’s flesh and bone, illustrating that in marriage, man and woman are united as one.
Adam & Eve were on the same team from the very beginning. She needed to be formed from his rib so that she could become a strong teammate in marriage.
Marriage isn’t mentioned specifically in the creation account, but Jesus refers back to this moment when He is answering questions about marriage and divorce in the New Testament:
Matthew 19:4-6 (NIV)
“Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
A wedding isn’t mentioned, either, but aren’t you just dying to know what kind of dress God created for Eve’s wedding day?
He is the Designer of all designers, and Eve is the first woman to ever experience a wedding! It must have been spectacular! Check out the dress that Eve said yes to for the day she became Adam’s wife:
Genesis 2:25 (NIV)
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Gasp! There was NO wedding dress! Adam & Eve were married, right there in the middle of Paradise, in their birthday suits! And the Bible says, “they felt no shame.”
Can you even imagine? I guess you could say she was comfortable in her own skin. Eve didn’t say yes to any dress, but she said yes to loving and accepting the body that God had designed for her. And Adam took one look at Eve and said yes, too. Sigh.