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