004 Purpose in the first Marriage

Purpose in the first Marriage

Txt: Gen. 2:18, 21-25

God said “Let Us make man in Our image.”

This first man we may regard as a type of the Second Man, the Lord fro Heaven, who is the image of the invisible God.

Eve might represent the relationship of the redeemed to Christ: “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:32)

  I. The Declaration (v. 18)

– God said “It’s not good that man should be alone”

– God considers this man’s highest need; loneliness

– Imagine God saying this to His only Son

– He (Jesus) will bring many sons into glory

II. The New Creation (v. 18)

“I will make an help meet for him”

– Eve was the workmanship of God, and His gift to the man in His own image.

– We are His workmanship, created anew in Christ Jesus

– The Church is an help meet for Christ, is made by Him, and is the gift of the Father to the Son.

“All that the Father hath given Me shall come to Me”

(John 6:37)

“Them which Thou hast given Me” (John 17:9)

III. The Operation (v. 21)

“The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam”

– Sleep is the figure of death.

– While Adam was in this state, the wonder-working hands of the divine Operator brought forth a helper after His own likeness.

– It was a deep sleep the Lord God caused to fall upon the Second Advent when He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.

“It pleased the Lord to bruise” (Isaiah 53:10)

– God took a rib from the first man, but nothing less than the blood of the Second Man would suffice if a helpmate is to be given Him.

– His Church had to be bought with His own blood.

IV. The Presentation (v. 23)

“The Lord brought her to the man”

– Every godlike man have his wife from the Lord.

“The Lord brought her to the man” What for?

– To share his love, to enjoy his fellowship, to be a partaker of the blessings freely given to him by God, and to be a joy and a comfort and a help to him.

– Thus the Holy Spirit brings us to Christ, that we may receive of His, and be workers together with Him.

– Every Christian is to be a helpmate to Christ.

V. The Acceptance (v. 23)

“Adam said, his is now bone of my bones”

– He acknowledged Eve, the gift of God, as a part of himself. “They shall be one flesh.”

– He never thought of refusing her.

“Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out”

(John 6:37)

How close the union!

– We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.

Yes, “He will receive you unto Himself.”

VI. The Result (v. 24)

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife”

– Every relationship that would hinder us from cleaving to Christ and serving Him must be broken.

– The whole heart and life are to be yielded if we world

– Be faithful.

– Christ left His Father when He came to earth.

– He left his mother when He died on the cross.

– He cleaves to His wife and His redeemed people.

– Leave all, and cleave to Him (Matt. 16:24)

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