Life in a Perfect World, Part 2: Man, Completed by God with Woman

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In this study we continue in the second chapter of Genesis, and in particular verses 18-25. God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them in chapter one. The crown of His creation is man on the sixth day, made the image of God, male and female, and God gives man dominion over the earth. On the seventh day, then, Genesis 2:1-3, God rests, not because He is tired but because He is satisfied with His finished work of creation. Then, He sanctifies that seventh day. So starting in verse four we go backwards to take a closer look at the creation, specifically that of man and The place God placed him, Eden. God provided man, first and foremost, with the breath of life. He made him a living being. He placed him in a lavish garden of delight. He gave man responsibilities to fulfill, commands to obey. God provided for man’s physical needs, and also his spiritual needs. Man isn’t created to be his own sovereign. He is created to worship and obey God, to have communion with Him, community with Him.

But where we left things in the last study, man isn’t quite whole. If this makes any sense, he has been created perfectly, but God has not yet given him wholeness… completion. That is what is addressed in these eight verses, Genesis 2:18-25, so let’s read.…

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.  So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.  The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and 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,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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Life in a Perfect World, Part 1: Man, Created and Provided For (Gen 2:4-17)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

We come back now to the second chapter of Genesis. In Genesis 1 God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them six days. In the last study we saw in Genesis 2:1-3 that God had completed all of His work, so He rested on the seventh day and sanctified it. He made it holy. And we saw how what God did on that seventh day works itself out in the rest of the Bible through Christ. It is finished in Christ. We find rest from our works in Jesus Christ. We are made holy, sanctified, through Christ.

The rest of this chapter two is a deeper look at the creation of man, and what life was like in a perfect world. So read with me, Genesis 2:4-17…

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven. Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

This is the beginning, again, of an expanded account of God’s creation of man on that sixth day. More details are given here about man and where he lived. Yes, these verses come after 1-3, where the seventh day is talked about, but what we’ve read is meant to be complimentary, not contradictory. Explanatory, giving us more information than we got at the end of chapter one.

The fourteen verses we are dealing with tonight explain things in two parts. In part, we see creation revisited… creation revisited, and on the other hand we see provision given… provision given. We see creation revisited first. Verse four, we read, “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.” Continue reading Life in a Perfect World, Part 1: Man, Created and Provided For (Gen 2:4-17)

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God Rested (Gen 2:1-3)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

Beloved, we have gotten through chapter one of our study of Genesis, this book of beginning, thus far seeing the Who of creation (which is God alone). We’ve seen the when of creation (which as I understand it as the Bible teaches it is about 6,000 years ago, and in six sequential twenty-four hour days). We’ve seen the what of creation (which is the heavens and the earth and all they contain). We’ve seen the how of creation (God created by His word). And we also saw the why of creation (it’s all for His glory).

We have also taken a look at what it means for us to be made in the image of God — with personality, morality, and spirituality. We have been created, male and female, different from everything else, and we’ve been created to rule of everything else as God’s representatives on earth.

Tonight, then, we move on to chapter two, because there is one more day we need to be thinking about, the seventh day, which is so important, and such a gift to us. So let’s read Genesis 2:1-3… Continue reading God Rested (Gen 2:1-3)

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Come out from among them: A strong recommendation for Christians to flee government schools

Your Department of Education, everybody!The time has come to make a strong plea based on a conviction my wife and I have had for quite some time.

Christian, get your children out of government-run (i.e. public) schools.

As a believer and as a pastor, I have never hesitated when the topic of schools has come up to let my opinion be known about them. Before I was married and had children of my own I had decided that, as a father, I would not send my children to public schools. As a matter of fact, my then-girlfriend, presumptive fiance, and future wife had a pretty heated argument about it. I won. But the point is, I’ve long felt the way I do about public schools. When asked I’ve given my opinion. When discussions of schools have come up I’ve given my opinion. But as a pastor I have not gone all the way in telling others they needed to get their children out of public schools.

That has to change. Continue reading Come out from among them: A strong recommendation for Christians to flee government schools

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