HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
Last message we explored creation and its beautiful Creator – One who is forever,
powerful and personal. The climax of His creation was humanity. But what can we learn about this beautiful creation of people? Genesis 2 is a closer look at God’s creation of humanity and their purpose. We will look at these truths from one side mainly, – that of Eve; and later we will come back for a fuller picture to connect with Adam.
3 truths about Eve and her daughters
A beautiful woman is created to worship (Genesis 1:27).
God’s whole intended purpose for creating humanity is so that we could reflect His image and glorify Him. Being made in His image means that embody His character and obey His commands. God is holy, loving and just, and we are to respond to Him in faith, trust and obedience.
Ladies, and really all of us, must remember that their greatest calling is not that of being a wife, a mother, or a person of education or career. Their greatest calling is to know and love God.
ð Ladies, read your Bible, pray without ceasing, connect with godly ladies, mentor others… “Love God”
ð Men, help your ladies do this with t – i – m – e !
A beautiful woman is created to worship in community (Genesis 1:28, 2:18-22).
God’s creation of Adam was good but not good. It was good in that he was hand-crafted by God but he was incomplete in the way God desired for him to reflect God’s image. God commanded Adam & Eve to be fruitful and multiply. This union of man and woman is beautiful in God’s design.
- God uses words to create. God’s first words to humanity were to create His image of future creation (Gen 1:28)
- God created woman from man’s side. Not foot as male domination or chauvinism. Not head as female domination or extreme feminism. But side to show complementarian partnership.
- Helpmate “ezer kenegdo”: a helper suitable, corresponding equality.
ð God brings what we need (v.22). We must be patient and trusting for His plan and timing.
- Marriage is meant for making children… disciples of Jesus. “Lead Generations”
○ Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”
○ Psalm 78:4-7 “We will not hide [God’s commandments] from their children but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, even the children unborn, and arise and tell them to their children so that they should set their hope in God.”
- Community and culture-making. God’s intention for marriage and family life is to create a culture with a God-ward orientation.
ð He blessed them to subdue and fill the earth, from microscopic to telescopic – creating a culture (science and sex, music and math, fashion and film, paint and photography, theatre and all entertainment) – that in all things God may be seen as most beautiful.
- Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
- 1Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
- Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
A beautiful woman is created to worship in community with covenant confidence (Genesis 2:23-25).
God’s joining of man and woman in marriage brought a covenant confidence. Adam sang/wrote poetry of the woman. This relationship is to cultivate covenant confidence so they shall be “one flesh” – no severance; three-fold process of leaving, cleaving and weaving together.
Moses concludes the creation and marriage account with they were both naked and unashamed to show they had confidence and no shame or guilt. Life was what God intended.
ð Gospel acceptance: being vs. doing
ð Gratitude for godly examples, Grace for imperfect examples