Summary: an exposition of Genesis 2:18-25
Islington Baptist Church May 14, 2000
I’ve entitled today’s sermon “And God created woman” for today you and I are going to consider Eve’s creation. What better day for us than on Mother’s Day, for Eve is the great grandmother of us all. Eve was the first mother.
As we consider Eve’s creation we will answer the question “Why was she created” and secondly we will consider God’s blueprint for marriage: For our text indicates that Adam and Eve were married by God.
READ TEXT v.18-25
Note: The first 5 books of the Bible were written down by Moses. Not his words. God’s words, for as II Peter 1:21 says “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”
Note: We are going to be considering the creation account recorded in Genesis ch.2 today; not Genesis ch.1. As you may know Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 both give an account of our origins. Each account must be treated separately and as the readers we must understand that they are NOT contradictory but complementary. By way of example or parallel I refer you to when you and I study the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospels. As we study those books were find ourselves reading 4 accounts of Jesus’ life. These accounts differ in detail for a variety of reasons but in all cases the accounts are complementary and NOT contradictory. We must treat and understand Gen.1 and Gen. 2 in the same light as we do the 4 Gospels. The 2 creation accounts are complementary, NOT contradictory. The 2 creation accounts serve different purposes and just as we don’t jumble/merge/unite all the details of the 4 Gospels together, so when you and I consider Genesis 1 and 2, we are not to do the same either; if we did we would not be able to understand the unique purposes for why they were written down as such.
LET’S WALK THROUGH THE TEXT
THE FIRST QUESTION WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS TODAY IS “WHY WAS A WOMAN MADE FOR ADAM?”
Verse 18 gives us our answer.
2 reasons 1. The man is alone and that’s not good 2. He’s in need of a suitable helper
1. The man was alone and that wasn’t good.
God created us to be in meaningful relationships with other people. When we aren’t: loneliness sets in.
There are lots and lots of lonely people out there. A lack of a significant relationship with another person often results in loneliness. The problem for us is that we also get hurt in relationships. These hurts cause us to detach from others so that we can protect ourselves. The problem is that when a person detach’s they also cut themselves off from healthy relationships to. We get hurt in relationships, we also can get healed in relationships.
Adam was all alone. Sure, God was with him and there were all the animals. Yet he was all alone. His work only served to accentuate his aloneness. Part of his work was to name the animals, but in that process it became obvious that none of those creatures could be of assistance to him, none of the animals he named was in any way like him and no doubt their pairings highlighted to him his lack of someone to complement and help him.
God created woman to take away Adam’s loneliness. Eve’s creation satisfied Adam’s longing for companionship.
I found some very wild verses last night in I Cor.11:7-12 that directly relates to God’s creation of woman “ A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.”
I know that for some these are tough verses but the truth of the matter is that God created “the woman” later called Eve, to take away “the man’s—Adam’s” loneliness.
As you and I consider this point think of this old saying: “More women can live without men, than men can live without women”
A problem today is that in many marriages both spouses still feel lonely.
-not enough time is being spent together. The 6 or 10 minutes per day of 1 on 1 couple time that is average in North America is not enough.