Genesis: Beginnings - Male and Female

This is going to be very interesting.  We are going to talk about marriage.  It will be interesting because God’s design of marriage is very different that American culture is telling us about marriage.

When Jesus talked about marriage and divorce with his disciples, he had such a high view of marriage that when he was done his disciples said, whoa… “If this is the case… It is better to not get married!” (Matt 19:10) here is the kicker… Jesus did not disagree with them.[1]

Let’s jump into Genesis 2:4–7 (NLT)

When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs* came up from the ground and watered all the land.

Up till now as we have been studying the creation story our narrator, Moses, has referred to God using the Elohim –“Powerful ones” that special plural noun that only receives singular verbs.  But in verse 5 there is a change that we sometimes miss in English.

“When the LORD God” Look closely at your text the word ‘lord’ should be in all capitals.  LORD is how English version of the Bible communicate the word “Yahweh,”  the special name of God that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. 


[1] Important: My words may rub you the wrong way.  We are living in a culture of feeling.  We do what we feel like doing.  Something is good if it feels good, something is right because it feels right. Entertainment is our worship.  We are wary of boundaries, authority or commitment.  Yet the Bible will define marriage not by feelings but through the very things our culture hates - boundaries, authority and commitment.

 

Genesis: Beginnings - Male and Female