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Summary: Genesis 1:26-2:25 presents to us how God wants us to live as He intended it to be.

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Introduction

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Completing Creation

• Completing the Work of Creating (2:1–2)

• Concluding that Creation is “very good” (1:31)

• Consecrating (“set apart” or “made different”) the Sabbath, the Seventh Day Rest

 Creation: The 7-Day Cycle of Work and Rest (Exodus 20:8–11)

 Church: From the Seventh to the First Day of the Week, the Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 4:8–11; Revelation 1:10)

 Christ: The Unending (Eternal) Rest (Revelation 14:13)

Crowning Creation

• Formed in the Image of God, in His Likeness (1:26–27)

• Fashioned by God from Soil: Divine creativity and human mortality (2:7a)

• Furnished Alive by the Divine Breath of Life (2:7b)

• Fullness of Humanity: “Male” and “Female” (1:27)

Commissioning Humanity to Royal Service

• To Engage in Servanthood (2:15–16)

• To Exercise Sovereignty (1:26; 2:19)

Committing Humanity to Trust and Obedience

• Be fruitful and multiply (Positive)

• Banned from eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Negative)

Celebrating Life in Family and Society

• Community – No man is an island: …it is not good for the man to be alone (2:18a)

• Sexuality – Different by Design: …I will make him a helper suitable to him… (2:18b)

• Parenting to Empower: leaving his father and mother…(2:24a)

• Sex in Marriage, God’s idea: …united to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh (2:24b)

• Transparency: …naked, and they felt no shame (2:25)

Truth for Life:

Listening to God the Life Designer, which aspects of your life do need God’s help to realign to reflect His original intended purpose?

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