JAN 26 2020

THE FIRST MARRIAGE
Genesis 2:18-25 / Pastor David VanAcker
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." 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Our passage for this morning is profound on many levels. It is profound in that it provides the basis for marriage. The very first marriage of all time is described here and presented as the paradigm for all future marriages. In other words, this passage tells us a great deal about what our marriages are and are meant to be. That's pretty significant in itself. But there's even more.

This passage is also profound in that it is the basis for a great deal of the New Testament's teaching on what it means to be man and woman and how it calls men and women to relate to one another. It is directly quoted or referenced in Matthew 19:3-6 (Mark 10:2-9), 1 Corinthians 6:15-16, 1 Corinthians 11:7-9, 12, Ephesians 5:28-32), and 1 Timothy 2:11-13.

This passage is profound in that it provides one of the clearest metaphors for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Of marriage, and all that followed it, the Apostle Paul later wrote, "A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church" (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Please pray with me that God would wake us up to the profound nature of this passage in order that we might live profoundly for His glory.

Memory Verse

Genesis 2:13-17 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Service Times

Prayer
8:45-9:00am

Sunday School
9:00-10:15am

Worship Service
10:30am-Noon

Berea

Join us this Sunday at 9 for Sunday School for all ages. The adults are beginning a new course, looking at an overview of each book of the Bible. It will follow the book, "Promises Made", by Mark Dever. If you have never been to Berea, or it's been a while, you're invited to come and join us as we dig into God's Word to better understand God, His World, and how we live in response. This week we will look at Genesis.