The First Couple

And God created Man, in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 3:1 - 24

The beginning of marriage.

What have we to learn here?

  • God ordained marriage

  • To create families

  • Even the first husband wanted to please his wife (did he fear her as so many do?)

  • The wife has ambition

  • Why do wives seem to value the judgment of others over that of their husbands?

  • Both men and women are easily drawn into sin

  • Attachments seem to divide our affections (is this true of possessions?)

  • God seeks to love man

    • He created man

    • He created woman for man to love

    • He created a beautiful place for man

    • He provided food for man

    • He protected man

    • He provided clothing for man

    • He sacrificed blood for man's sin

    • He covered over man's sin

      • Despite his love for man God did not remove the consequence of sin

      • The man and his wife could no longer remain in the garden

      • Sin had entered the world and now mankind would forever be tempted

      • Man would now have to do hard work to provide for his family

      • Man would now be responsible to provide leadership for his family where formerly it was God who provided guidance

      • Woman would now suffer great pain in bearing children

      • Women would now be subject to (lead by) their husbands though it may be distasteful to them

  • Mankind seeks to be loved by God

    • But is always insecure concerning God's love

    • But he is inclined to make excuses for falling short of what God calls him to