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God Instituted Marriage

"And Adam 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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." (Genesis 2:23-24)

“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 mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”(Genesis 2:23-24)

Marriage is the very first institution that God gave to mankind. God first showed Adam his need for a wife and then He Himself provided for that need. What a beautiful picture of the providence of God!

We should notice the process that God undertook in providing a mate for Adam. In Genesis 2:18, God sees the man’s need and declares that it is not good for him to be alone. In verses 19-20, God presents the animals that He has created and bestows the privilege to Adam of naming them. But there was no helper fit for the man. The idea here is not that God presented all of these animals for Adam to choose a “pet” from. God already said in verse 18 that He was going to make a helper for the man. This process of observing all of God’s creatures with their own mates would doubtlessly have made Adam aware that he himself had no mate of his own.

So, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man. What an awesome thing to know that we can sleep deeply as God provides for our needs! As Adam slept, God took from the man’s own body and formed the woman from his side. God then presented the woman to her new husband and He joined the two together. Adam, in his gratitude for God’s provision, gladly receives her as he had his own body. Verse 24 summarizes the magnitude of the institution of marriage and defines what it truly means.

From start to finish, God is the One Who perceived the need, showed the need to Adam, and then provided for that need. It was God’s actions that brought the very first marriage into being and it was He Who defined what that marriage would be. This is why man must not tamper with the sanctity of marriage nor is he at liberty to redefine it in any way. God Almighty has stipulated what marriage is and what it means. This is also why we should never take the dissolution of any marriage between a husband and wife lightly.

God the Father would again present a bride to Someone in a similar way that He did for Adam. The Church would be called the “Bride of Christ” and would be described as His “Body.” If you are a part of the Body of Christ, then you are “flesh of His flesh” and “bone of His bone.” Jesus loves us and receives us just as He receives and loves His own body. Blessed are they who are called to celebrate with Him at His marriage supper (Revelation 19:9).

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published August 14, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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God Breathed Life Into Man

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7)

“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” (Genesis 2:7)

Human beings were created differently than any other of God’s creatures. God commanded the earth and the waters to bring forth every plant and animal, every fish and bird. But when it came time to create man, God “formed” him.

As a potter fashions clay into the shape he desires, the Lord took the dust and clay of the Earth and formed man into what He desired. Then He breathed life into his nostrils. This “breath” was the spirit of man, complete with its own will, its intellect and reason, and its capacity for morality and fellowship with his Creator. All of the things that separate man from the animals. Man was made a living soul.

With a body that was created from and tethered to this Earth, and a spirit that was breathed into him by the God of Heaven, so would the foundation be laid that would eventually become man’s struggle between that which is of the flesh and that which is of the Spirit. This dichotomy within the very nature of man would serve as the type and metaphor for the struggle within every believer as he is drawn toward the things of God in his spirit, yet pulled toward the things of Earth within his flesh.

The human body, as intricate and wonderfully made as it is, is not what defines a person. It is this spirit which God breathes into him. It is this spirit which bears the image and likeness of God. It is this spirit which died the day that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, and it is this spirit which must be “born again” if we are to ever live in the presence of God. Since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, people would be born with a corrupted spirit. People are not born as a “living soul”, but as a “lifeless spirit.”

When we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, He breathes a spirit into us that is full of life. It is an incorruptible spirit that comes from the Holy Spirit and bears the image of God. We move from spiritual death to Spiritual life and are made a new creation in Jesus Christ. When we die, our bodies return to the dust of the Earth from which they came, but our spirits return to our Heavenly Father who breathed them into us when we placed our faith in His Son.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published August 6, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

The Bible Narrows Its Focus

"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens," (Genesis 2:4)

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,” (Genesis 2:4 KJV)

There is a significant change that occurs in the book of Genesis between the third and fourth verse of Chapter 2. It is a change so dramatic that some have speculated that perhaps a different writer altogether had picked up the pen which the first writer had laid down. We have what appears to be a recounting or retelling of the Creation account that was given in Chapter 1 and we have a new name given to God.

The name referring to God in Chapter 1 is a generic Hebrew term for Deity (Elohim). The name referring to Him beginning here in Verse 4 is a personal name for God (Jehovah) and is written in many versions of the Bible as, “LORD” (all capitals). This name was regarded as so sacred among the Jews that they would substitute the Hebrew word for “Lord” (Adonai) when they spoke it, lest they should be guilty of blasphemy for inadvertently failing to properly reverence the most precious name of God Almighty. God commanded that His name must not be taken in vain (Exodus 20:7), so they avoided speaking His name entirely to prevent the chance of such an infraction.

The explanation for why Moses would suddenly begin to use the personal name of Jehovah rather than the generic Elohim here in Verse 4 of Genesis 2 can be found if we consider the direction that the narrative is taking. Chapter 1 gave us a “bird’s-eye view” of Creation, while Chapter 2 will narrow the focus to mankind. Chapter 1 was an overview, while Chapter 2 is more specific. Chapter 1 gave a summary of the entire Creation process, while Chapter 2 goes into detail concerning the creation of man. God is the God (Elohim) of all Creation, but He is the Lord God (Jehovah) of mankind. The use of His personal name in relation to mankind speaks of the special and unique nature of our relationship to Him.

This same pattern is repeated again and again throughout the Bible. A general overview will be given, followed by a more detailed examination of a certain portion. The Word of God begins by considering the entire Universe and then “zooms in”: first on the Earth, where man will dwell, then on the land, where man will walk, then on the Garden of Eden; the specific “address”, so to speak, of the very first man and woman. After the Flood, the focus will first be on the entire world as the description is given in Genesis 10 of the branching out of the descendants of Noah throughout the Earth. Then, the Bible will begin to “zoom in” again by focusing on a specific nation, then a specific tribe within that nation, then a specific family, until we ultimately find the pinpoint of the Word of God firmly fixed on a stable in Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago.

Genesis 2:4 brings into focus the generations of the heavens and the Earth on the very first man, Adam. The Book of Matthew will open up the New Testament with a “book” of the generations of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-17). Genesis brings the attention of all of Creation to mankind. Matthew brings the attention of all of mankind to Jesus Christ.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published August 1, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

God Rested From His Work

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." (Genesis 2:1-2)

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” (Genesis 2:1-2)

When we rest from our work, it is usually because we are tired. Or, we rest from our work in order to do more pleasurable, leisurely activities. Sometimes, we take a rest from our work so that we might return to it with a refreshed perspective and attitude toward it. Whatever the specific reason, we tend to associate resting from our work with renewing our energy so that we can work more effectively when we resume working.

But what does the Bible mean when it says that God rested from His work? God doesn’t get tired (Isaiah 40:28), He doesn’t need to sleep (Psalm 121:4), and we can be certain that He never needs to take a break in order to get a fresh perspective or attitude. So why did He rest on the Seventh Day of Creation?

For one, God rested from His work in order to show us that we should take the time to rest from ours. When giving His commandments to Israel, God would provide for a day of rest each week that was modeled after His own resting in Genesis 2:2 (Exodus 20:9-10). God demonstrated the importance for people to make adequate time for rest here at the very beginning.

But even more than this, we find a key to understanding the reason for Genesis 2:2 by looking at Genesis 2:1: “Thus the heavens and the earth were FINISHED…” God rested from His work, primarily, because He was done! Genesis 1:31 stated right before this that God saw everything and that it was “very good.” He didn’t need to add anything to His work, it was complete. We don’t normally leave our offices at the end of the week because all of our work is finished, but at the end of that very first week, God rested because His work was finished.

It was God’s perfect, completed work that provided everything man needed to live on this Earth. God provided everything necessary by His work, Adam and Eve did not need to labor for it. God was resting from His work and all that they needed to do was enter into that rest with Him.

There is a rest that God has invited us into, as well. This rest is a spiritual rest, not a physical one. Just as God provided everything needed for the man and woman to live in the Garden of Eden, He has provided everything needed for us to live with Him. The rest that Adam and Eve were invited to enter into was completely provided by the work of God, and so is this rest. Jesus Christ completed the work (John 17:4) and declared it finished (John 19:30). God has completed the work necessary for us to enter into this rest, all we need to do is trust in Him.

“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:9-10)

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published July 31, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

God Created Everything “Very Good”

"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31)

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)

We do not need to look at this world for very long before we determine that everything is definitely not “very good.” But in the beginning, it was. Everything that God made was originally perfect and without blemish. At the completion of the sixth day of Creation, God reflected upon His handiwork and saw that there was nothing lacking in it. So what happened after that?

Sin. The corruption that entered God’s Universe came through no fault of His own, but rather through the iniquity of His creation. Satan himself was originally created in perfection until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15). Man, too, was created without imperfection until Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s commandment. It was through disobedience that God’s perfect Creation became corrupted and evil entered in.

Many people are quick to blame God for the problems in their life. They question why God has caused or allowed certain things to happen to them, or why He hasn’t done more for them. But the problem is still the same today as it always has been, sin. We live in a world that has been corrupted by it and that has become an ugly place because of it. But in the beginning, it was not this way. It was very good.

What about your life? Have you dealt with your biggest problem; your own sin? Are you angry with God because He hasn’t done more for you, and yet you have never dealt with the sin in your own life? Will you confess your sin to God, repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness?

This world will never again be “very good.” But for those who are trusting Christ as their Savior, there is a place that is. The sin that has corrupted the world and has corrupted our own flesh will be no more. God will make all things very good again.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published July 29, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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