Sermon Outline On Genesis 2:4 – 7
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up–for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground– then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 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 die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, 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. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
A pastor was visiting fourth-grade Sunday School class to talk about marriage as part of the lesson. He asked the class, “What does God say about marriage?” Immediately, one boy replied, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman, in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate, instituted of God…
That is a traditional beginning of the wedding liturgy. It begins with God. “In the beginning, God…” Are you aware that there are two creation stories found in Genesis. Beginning with verse 1 of Chapter 1 there is the familiar story of the creation of the world and all that is in it in six days with the seventh day designated as a day of rest. It is in the sixth day that all the creatures that inhabit the land are created. God begins with the animal–“everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind.” “And God saw that it was good.” At the end of each day of creating “God saw that it was good.” Gen. 1:25
The story of day six continues. “God [creates human beings] in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” We are told that God blesses the man and woman, telling them to be fruitful and multiply. “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Gen. 1:31
The creation story we read now is the story of Adam and Eve. The first thing to get our attention are the words, “it is not good.” God creates man from the dust of the ground, but God says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”
So does God now create a woman? Not yet! No, God creates from the same dust of the ground every animal of the field and bird of the air. The animals were found to be unsuitable as a helper and partner.
I have an Aunt who is widowed. Some time back a man was chasing hard in pursuit of a relationship that might lead to a marriage commitment. Finally, in the middle of the Target store one day my Aunt said,”Look, if I want someone to lie around on the couch all day and mess up the house, I’ll get a dog.”
Not even a dog, “man’s best friend,” was found to be a suitable helper and partner for the man. God then creates from the rib of the man a woman suitable to be a helper and partner. The man rejoices. It is the man who declares, it is good.
God created us male and female. In God’s image he created us.
What does the creation story say about marriage? It says we were created male and female for each other. Man and woman, helpers and partners. Marriage is a honorable estate instituted by God. It was God’s idea that one man and one woman come together to form a family.
Did you notice another attention getting shift in the passage we read this morning? Listen again to verse 24. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh.”
Isn’t that a bit of a jump? We have just now been introduced the first man and woman. We haven’t even been given their names at this point in the more current translations. The verse speaks of a man leaving his father and mother. It implies generations of fathers and mothers and sons who leave so that they can marry daughters.
The man and wife become one flesh. This is speaking volumes more than an offspring who is one and carries the genes of both father and mother. The two shall become one.
Marriage as instituted by God is serious business.
It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly,
but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God.
“Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh.”
What does the creation story say about marriage? Scripture says, “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh.” Marriage is like a scrambled egg.
The two become one and all the kings horses and all the kings men can never separate the one back into two. Never. Scientist would say marriage is an irreversible process. The two can never be the same as they were prior to marriage. Marriage is serious not to be entered into unadvisedly.
A seminary professors, Dr. Andy Lester and his wife, Judy wrote an excellent book on marriage. The book is entitled: It Takes Two: The Joy of Intimate Marriage. They write of the joy that comes when a man and a woman work hard at a “scrambled eggs” kind of marriage.
What does the creation story tell us about marriage? Marriage is instituted by God. The only “not good” mentioned in the creation stories is man being alone. For humanity in general it is not good to “go it alone.” God created us male and female for one another. We are told that a “man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh.”
Jesus quotes this passage to the Pharisees. Paul has some thoughts. We’ll look more at what the Bible says about marriage later.