Gen 2:23 Adam’s joy over Eve being created.
Now I want to briefly draw your attention back to verse 23 to make a point…
When Adam said these words, he actually said them excitedly:
- NLT: “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh!
- ESV: Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”
- ISV: So the man exclaimed, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh.”
This shows the joy and delight Adam felt in his heart over his new companion, and it shows us something I want to encourage us to keep in mind about
marriage and it’s this…
Ladies, are you a wife your husband can rejoice over? Are you a wife he can thank and praise God for like Adam did?
LESSON: MARRIAGE IS A GIFT. VIEW YOUR SPOUSE AS A BLESSING OR GIFT FROM GOD.
Marriage is a gift. There are a number of gifts God’s given us on this side of heaven:
- Salvation is obviously the greatest gift He gives us.
· But after that, the greatest gift God has given us is marriage.
Now I want to make a very important point about marriage as shown from this passage…
LESSON: KEEP THE EXCITMENET OR FIRST LOVE? When I see how excited Adam was at first to have Eve
Now when I read this it reminded me of the excitement we have on our wedding day and how that excitement can unfortunately dissipate w/ time.
Let me ask you to think about something…
Let’s say there’s a young man growing up and it has been his dream to get into a certain school. He’s worked hard all through high school to get into this
school. He finds out his senior year that he’s accepted and he can’t wait until the first day of classes. The first time he walks into his dorm he can
hardly control the excitement.
Now let me ask you to do something: fast forward to his sophomore or junior year. He’s still happy to be there. He wouldn’t want to go anywhere else, but
now the excitement is gone and school has become very routine and ordinary for him.
I mention this illustration b/c this is what happens in many areas of life, including marriage. We were all very excited to get married. We couldn’t wait
for our wedding day. It arrived, and it was wonderful, but when you fast forward a few years, some of the excitement and joy is gone.
Let me tell you something we ALL naturally do…it’s just part of being human…
We take things for granted. It doesn’t matter how great something is when you first get it, after some period of time has passed:
- You’re going to start taking it for granted.
- You’re going to appreciate it less.
- You’re going to enjoy it less.
· You’re not going to take care of it as well as you did at first.
- In the words of Rev 2:4 you’re going to leave your first love.
We have to be reminded of something: we have to be reminded what a gift and blessing marriage is.
Listen to these two verses:
Wives, submit to YOUR OWN husbands, as to the Lord.
Your OWN husband. He’s yours. He belongs to you. He’s a gift God has given you.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love YOUR wives.
She’s your wife. She’s given to you by God. She belongs to you; not in the sense of you owning her or being able to control her, but in the same sense
the husband belongs to the wife: she’s a gift.
Your wife or your husband was given to you by God. Think of some of the language of 1 Cor 7…
1 Cor 7:2b
Let each man have HIS OWN WIFE, and let each woman have HER OWN HUSBAND.
1 Cor 7:4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over
his own body, but the wife does.
Why does the husband have authority over his wife’s body and why does the wife have authority over her husband’s body? Because they’re gifts given by
God to each other.
The point is we’re supposed to see our spouses as people given to us, and they’re given to us by God as blessings or gifts…
So what we need to do is remind ourselves of our blessings. We need to remind ourselves of the gifts we have from God. And one of the greatest gifts in our
lives, 2nd only to our salvation, is our spouse.
Look up Pro about he who finds a wife finds a good thing. Other related Proverbs to this.
Remember verses in Gen how God created Eve for Adam to complete him and be his helper.
finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord.
Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Here’s what’s terribly unfortunate, after time has passed, people stop seeing their spouses as the blessing and gift God wants them to be, and they start
seeing their spouses as ???.
All of this looks to the husband’s role as the head or leader of his home and family. Dennis Rainey said,
“To fulfill their God-given role, husbands are to: Take the initiative to be the spiritual leader in the home – to pray, to worship at church, and to
study God’s Word. Take the initiative to see that finances are in order, needs are met and your wife feels financially secure. Take the initiative to
ask forgiveness, resolve conflict and ensure your home is a place of encouragement and safety.”
Possibly go into the beginning of Gen 3 to show the devil tempting Eve and contrast God’s command to Adam w/ the devil’s temptation of Eve.
Author: Scott LaPierre