- The First Marriage (parts of Gen 2:18-25):
The Lord God said “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the Lord had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.
For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis is the book of “firsts:” creation, God’s first relationship with people, Adam and Eve, the first marriage. Sadly, the next FIRST recorded is the entrance of SIN. The first generation of people listened to the voice of Satan and decided they knew better than God and chose to do what God had specifically said to not do. That is the essence and character of sin, “I know better than you God!” Scripture throughout describes God as good, moral, holy (without sin) and as such, unable to tolerate sin. The rest of Scripture is divided into accounts of people who accepted God as holy and righteous and had a wonderful relationship with Him often despite their sin, and others who decided that “they knew better than God and defied Him. Intertwined in each account is also demonstrations of God’s love and mercy to both groups of people.
The first murder! It’s only Genesis 4, they are the first children! but one murdered the other. It wasn’t the first blood shed. God had “made garments of skin” (Genesis 3:21) for Adam and Eve to wear since they now know that they are naked. But the murder was a result of jealousy over an offering that God required of them. Cain brought a fruit offering, Abel brought a blood offering. Since sin had entered life on earth, affecting everything; this is the beginning of God communicating to people the huge consequences of sin–something has to die, blood has to be shed.
What I see:
- An idyllic garden, first family, glorious marriage, then SIN shatters and changes EVERYTHING from here forward!
- God interacting with the first family’s two children. One person made a choice to do what God asks and one person made a choice to do what they wanted. The cascading effect of choices resulted in Cain’s murder of Abel and consequences to Cain for his choices. What follows is interesting! Cain has just murdered his brother and God is explaining his consequences: he will no longer be an effective gardener (what he had been) but would be a wanderer instead. Cain’s complaint to God about his punishment? “You are driving me from the land, I WILL BE HIDDEN FROM YOUR PRESENCE, I will be a wanderer, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Scripture records God responded ONLY to the last concern and “put a MARK on Cain, so that no one who found him would kill him.” Gen 4:16 So the last word on this account is someone who just murdered conversing with God, negotiating the sentence and God modifying but not rescinding the sentence! The text also states,
So Cain went out for the Lord’s presence. . . .
So what do you see?