Out of His Side – Genesis 2.16-24

We’re back to our Marriage & Family Series, and the title of this morning’s sermon is, “Out of His Side.”

We’re going to be picking up where we left off in Genesis 2, but first let me remind you about this chapter…

Gen 1:1
says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and the rest of the chapter goes on to give an elevated view of all six
days of creation. Then in chapter 2 God zooms in on the creation of Adam and Eve and provides details, b/c man is the pinnacle or high point of God’s
creation.

Now b/ we’re so familiar w/ the verses we’re going to be looking at this morning, unfortunately we tend to lose some of the significance of what we’re
reading. So there will be a number of times I’m going to ask you to try to look at the text as though it’s your first time, and this is one of those times…

We know Adam was created first and Eve was created second, but if we didn’t know that, what would we expect God to do? We would expect Him to create them
at the same time. That’s what He did w/ the animals – creating them in pairs – and that’s what we’d expect Him to do w/ us.

But that’s not what God did: He created Adam first, and then He created Eve later after accomplishing a number of important things first…

One of those things He accomplish is in verse 15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. God put Adam in the garden, showing His expectation
for man to work. We discussed this verse in detail in a sermon on January 11th titled, “Work and Laziness.”

Then in verse 16 we see something else God wanted to do in creating Adam first…

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And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Notice it says God commanded the man: God gave the command to Adam before Eve was created. He didn’t have to do it this way: He could’ve
given the command to them after she Eve created. But He did it this way, establishing Adam’s headship in the relationship.

  • Adam had to take the command and give it to Eve.

· Eve never heard the command from God; she simply had to trust Adam.

God was already at work establishing Adam’s headship.

We’ve discussed headship in a few sermons up to this point, so I’m not going to spend time on it again, but I do want to mention the two primary verses in
the NT discussing it:

  • 1 Cor 11:3
    I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
  • Eph 5:23
    For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

Now even though these verses are in the New Testament, here’s something very important to know:

· Headship did not have its beginning in the New Testament under the New Covenant…

· Headship did not have its beginning in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant…

  • Headship did not even have its beginning at The Fall…

Headship had its beginning at Creation itself, and this brings us to Lesson 1…

LESSON 1: GOD CREATED HEADSHIP BEFORE THE FALL.

Headship began at Gen 2 and not Gen 3. This means headship began at creation and not The Fall. This is significant b/c if you think headship began after
The Fall, you think it’s part of the curse. But if you understand headship began at Creation, you see it as part of God’s natural, healthy, divine plan for
husbands and wives.

One of Rhea’s common questions recently is, “If Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned, would we still…” then she goes on to ask what the world would be like
w/o the Fall. At least one thing we know we’d still have even w/o the Fall is headship.

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Now I’d like to show you something. Please look at Gen 3:1. We know these verses well so I’m going to go through them quickly…

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Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And (Now notice this…) HE SAID TO THE WOMAN, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

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And
the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
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but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

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Then
(Now notice this…) THE SERPENT SAID TO THE WOMAN, “You will not surely die.

There’s an important contrast that exists in Gen 2 and 3…

  • Gen 2:16
    The Lord God commanded the man.
  • Gen 3:1
    and 3:4 [The serpent] said to the woman.

You have God speaking to Adam, but you have the devil speaking to Eve. God establishes Adam’s headship in Gen 2 – we’ll see a number of ways God did that
besides just giving the command to Adam – and immediately after that headship is established, the devil attacks it.

And let’s make sure we understand the devil didn’t go after Eve b/c she was the only one available; he went after her b/c he knew his chance of success was
greater w/ her than w/ Adam. In the language of 1 Pet 3:7 the devil knew she was the weaker vessel. This is part of the
reason God put Eve under the headship of Adam, for her protection.

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For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Now right here, Eve has a choice:

· Trust her husband who gave her the command: submit to him.

· Or trust the devil and submit to him.

Sadly, we know what happened…

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So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one
wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Now right here, Adam has a choice:

  • Obey God who gave him the command; submit to Him.
  • Or obey his wife and submit to her.

Sadly, we know what happened here too.

Now look at verse 9, after The Fall has taken place…

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Then the
Lord God CALLED TO ADAM and said to him, “Where are you?”

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So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

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And He said
(God is still speaking to Adam) , “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

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Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Notice God didn’t even address Eve. God went to Adam, b/c:

  • He was the one given the command…
  • He was the head of the relationship…

Even though they both sinned, God held him Adam more responsible and the NT makes this clear:


  • Rom 5:12-22 Through ONE MAN sin entered the world…15 By the ONE MAN’S OFFENSE many died…17 By ONE MAN’S OFFENSE death reigned…18 Through ONE MAN’S
    OFFENSE judgment came…19 By ONE MAN’S DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 1 Cor 15:21
    BY MAN came death…22 In ADAM all die.

The odd thing is since Eve sinned first, you’d expect to hear about sin and death coming through her, but God put the blame squarely on Adam’s shoulders
b/c he’d been given the command and he was the head of the relationship.

When I was going over my sermon w/ Katie she said, “Since God gave the command to Adam and dealt w/ him in the verses, it sounds like God wanted to talk to Adam and not Eve?” That’s not true: it’s
not like Adam was more important and it’s not like he had a closer relationship with God than Eve:

· God gave the command to Adam in chapter 2 to establish his headship.

· And God talked to Adam in verses 9 to 11 b/c he was in more trouble than Eve.

Now let me tie two principles together here that explain a command in the NT…

1. Adam was created first.

2. Eve was deceived.

These two principles form the foundation of God’s command in the NT for women not teaching or having authority over men. Listen to these verses…

1 Tim 2:11
Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
12 For I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man.
Then Paul says why: 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

The verse sounds like it’s commending Adam for not being deceived and criticizing Eve for being deceived, but it’s actually doing the opposite. It’s
saying:

· Eve wasn’t as much at fault b/c she WAS deceived.

· Adam was more at fault b/c he WASN’T deceived: he sinned knowingly. This is also why he’s held more responsible for The Fall.

Then, since women can’t teach or have authority over men, Paul tells women where they can teach and have authority…

1 Tim 2:15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing
(we’ve talked about this verse twice before, so I don’t want to spend much time on it, but it’s telling women where to focus their teaching and authority:
w/ children) if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

Sometimes people say:

  • Why can’t women teach men?
  • Why can’t women be pastors?
  • Why can’t women have authority over men or be in leadership over men?

First let me tell you what it doesn’t have to do with:

· It doesn’t have to do w/ women not being able to teach – some women are great teachers, and I feel like our church is particularly blessed with some
wonderful female teachers…and we want to see them use their gifts teaching other women and children.

· It doesn’t have anything to do w/ women not being able to lead – there are some great female leaders – including in our church – and we want to see them
lead other women and children.

The point is it doesn’t have anything to do w/ talent or gifting.

What it does have to do with is:

  • Adam being created first.
  • Eve being deceived.

What it has to do with beyond that I can’t really tell you b/c that’s all God’s Word tells us. The simple question we face – and it’s the question we face
often – is, “Do we want to embrace God’s design and submit to His Word, or do we want to reject God and disobey His Word?”

Let me share a quote from John MacArthur that ties all this together: “ A woman’s subordinate role did not result after the Fall as a cultural, chauvinistic corruption of God’s perfect design.

Rather God established woman’s role as part of His original creation. God made woman after man to be his suitable helper. The Fall actually confirms
God’s divine plan: by nature Eve was not suited to assume the position of [leadership]. By leaving Adam’s protection and usurping his headship, she was
vulnerable and fell, thus confirming how important it was for her to stay under the protection and leadership of her husband. Adam then violated his
leadership role, followed Eve in her sin, and plunged the human race into sinfulness, and it’s all connected with violating God’s planned roles for
[men and women]. Ultimately, the responsibility for the Fall rests with Adam, since he wasn’t deceived, but chose to disobey God.”

As we conclude this lesson let me provide two brief encouragements, one for women and one for men…

To the women, let me ask this question: how well did it go for Eve when she stepped out from under Adam’s headship and protection? It went terribly!

Now w/ that said let me be clear about something…

I’m not implying staying under your husband’s headship and protection is a guarantee everything will always go perfectly. You’re married to a sinful man
and you live in a sinful world: even when we’re obedient things don’t always go perfectly.

But here’s what I can tell you about submitting to your husband and staying under his headship:

  • It’s God’s plan for you…
  • It’s God’s best…
  • It’s safer…

· And you’ll be putting yourself in a position for God to work through – and bless – your obedience.

To the men…

Even if Eve was wrong, how sobering is it that God still held Adam responsible? It should serve as a warning to all of us regarding the accountability
that’s on our shoulders!

· As men, we’re going to be held responsible for what takes place in our marriages and in our homes.

  • If you look at verse 12 Adam even tried to blame Eve by saying “She gave me of the tree”, but it didn’t work for Adam
    to blame his wife and it won’t work for us to blame our wives.

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Now we can go back to Genesis 2. Please look at verse 18

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And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

We’re going to look at this verse in detail next Sunday. For now I just want you to notice God didn’t say this to Adam: so Adam doesn’t know it’s not good
for him to be alone, and he doesn’t know God is going to make him a helper comparable to him.

And this is another place I want to ask you to look at the text as though it’s your first time…

Since God just said He’s going to make Adam a helper, what would we expect Him to do in the next verse? Make that helper! But that’s not what happens. God
does something else instead. Look at verse 19…

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Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call
them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the
air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

Again, we see God do something w/ Adam that He could’ve had Adam and Eve do together after she was created: name the animals.

Now almost all commentators are in agreement God did things this way, b/c if Eve helped Adam name the animals they never would’ve finished on the sixth
day…or the seventh day…or probably the eighth or ninth day: “I don’t know, does it really like a giraffe? I mean this is going to be its name forever!” J.

Actually there are two reasons God had Adam name the animals…

The first reason is it established Adam’s authority over creation. If you look back at Gen 1:26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God wanted man to have authority over creation and He helped establish that authority by having Adam name the animals.

And as a note, this is also why Adam named Eve. If you look at verse 23 Adam said, “She shall be called Woman.” This was
another way for God to establish Adam’s headship.

The second reason God had Adam name the animals is contained in the words there was not found a helper comparable to him. Instead of
simply giving Adam a helper or telling him he should want one, God chose to reveal this to Adam by bringing the animals to him in pairs: Adam noticed they
were in pairs, but he wasn’t!

With Adam now longing for a mate, look at verse 21…

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And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22
Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

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And Adam said:


“This is now bone of my bones

And flesh of my flesh;

She shall be called Woman

(‘ishshah pr: eeshaw)

,

Because she was taken out of Man

(‘iysh pr: eesh).”

God performed history’s first surgery by using Adam’s body to create Eve.

And it’s pretty fascinating what modern science is able to tell us about this…

1. First, every cell in our bodies contains the entire genetic blueprint. So God could take some of Adam’s cells and use their genetic blueprint to create
Eve.

2. Second, men have X and Y-chromosomes, but women only have X chromosomes. If God had created women first and taken man out of her, then reproduction
would’ve been impossible b/c there would’ve been no Y-chromosomes…which is the chromosome that determines gender. Adam had the genetic materials – an X and
Y-chromosome – so a woman could be taken out of him allowing for the further creation of men and women.

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Once again, I want to ask you to try to look at the text as though it’s your first time…

Up to this point God has created everything out of the ground. Let me get you to look at a few verses:

  • Gen 2:7
    And the
    Lord God FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND.
  • Gen 2:9 And OUT OF THE GROUND the
    Lord God made every tree grow.
  • Gen 2:19 OUT OF THE GROUND the
    Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air.

You see the strong repetition in the verses about God creating everything – including Adam himself – out of the ground. So here’s what we
would EXPECT verse 21 to say…

The
Lord God formed woman OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into her nostrils the breath of life; and woman became a living being.

But instead of creating Eve out of the ground, He created her out of Adam’s side.

Woman has the unique distinction of being the only part of creation NOT created out of the ground. Everything derives its origin from the
ground, except woman who derives her origin from man. Woman wasn’t created as a separate being from man, she was created from part of man. And since man
was created in the image and likeness of God, this means woman was also as wonderfully created in the image and likeness of God as man.

And one of the interesting realities is woman came from man, but then every human being after Adam and Eve ended up coming from woman: God brought woman
from man, but then He brings every other person from woman. Paul explains this in 1 Cor 11:8-12. Please listen to these verses…


For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the
woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

Paul means b/c woman was taken from man and created for him, she’s to recognize the authority over her by having a symbol over authority on her head.

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Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from
man

(as Eve was created from Adam), even so man also comes through woman.”

Woman was created from man, but then every human being after comes from woman.

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Now we’ve reached a part of the sermon where I’d like to make sure we’re clear about something that’s almost never clear…

God created Eve from a lot more than Adam’s rib. Please do me a favor: in verses 21 and 22 circle the word rib and write “side.”
This is part of the reason the title of the sermon is, “Out of His Side” instead of “Created From His Rib.”

The Hebrew word for rib occurs 41 times in the OT and verses 21 and 22 are the only places it occurs as ribs. 19
times it occurs as side and 11 times it occurs as chamber. Here are a few places the same word occurs…

  • Exo 25:12
    discusses the Ark and it says two rings shall be on one SIDE (that’s the word for rib) , and two rings on the other SIDE (and again the word for rib).
  • When Shimei was cursing David 2 Sam 16:13 Shimei went along the [SIDE of the hill] opposite [David] and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust.
  • Speaking of the temple 1 Kin 6:8 says The doorway was on the right SIDE of the temple.

But the even greater way we know Eve came from Adam’s side – and not just his rib – is his words in verse 23: he said Eve was bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. He wouldn’t have said this if she was only taken from one of his bones. So let’s make sure we
understand Eve came from a lot more than Adam’s rib: she came from his side.

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And here’s the question: WHY did God choose to create Eve from Adam instead of creating her from the dust of the ground like He did w/ everything else?

The answer to this brings us to Lesson 2…

LESSON 2: GOD CREATED EVE FROM ADAM SO: (PART I) THEY’D SEE THEMSELVES AS ONE FLESH.

God created Eve from Adam so they would see each other as one flesh. God wanted them to recognize how special and unique their
relationship really was…and we can tell Adam recognized that by his words…

  • First he said, “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh” he knew Eve came from him.
  • And also when he said, “She shall be called Woman.”

In English the words MAN and woMAN are very closely related, and it’s the same in Hebrew:

  • The Hebrew word for man is ‘iysh (pr: eesh)
  • The Hebrew word for woman is ‘ishshah (pr: eeshaw)

The words are closely related b/c it’s looking to the way woman came from man.

But God wasn’t just trying to get Adam and Eve to see how special and unique their relationship was; He was also trying to get all married couples to see
how special and unique our relationships are…please look at verse 24…

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Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

This brings us to Lesson 2, Part II…

LESSON 2: GOD CREATED EVE FROM ADAM SO:

· (PART I) THEY’D SEE THEMSELVES AS ONE FLESH

· (PART II) WE’D SEE OURSELVES AS ONE FLESH IN OUR MARRIAGES

Verse 24 is a real turning point in the chapter. Up to this point everything has been about Adam and Eve, but w/ this verse God does something different:

· He goes way beyond just dealing w/ Adam and Eve: He deals w/ us.

· He moves from discussing Adam and Eve to instructing us…and that instruction is: “Get away from your parents! Don’t let them mess up your marriage!” J.

So this brings up an important point we want to make sure we don’t miss:

· Gen 2 isn’t just about the creation of Adam and Eve…

  • It isn’t just the creation of headship…

· It isn’t just about the creation of marriage itself…

It’s also meant to serve as an example for us and we know that b/c of verse 24….

Gen 2:24 is THEE marriage verse. It’s quoted 4 times in the NT when marriage is discussed showing that what took place w/ Adam and Eve is instructive for
us.

The verse starts w/ the word therefore. Whenever you see the word therefore you know you’re looking at a statement that’s
connected to what was previously said: men are told to leave their father and mother and be joined to their wife BECAUSE of what took place w/ Adam and
Eve.

Verse 24 seems kind of weird considering Adam and Eve are the only people in history who didn’t have parents…unless you understand:

· The point isn’t that the way they separated from their parents married people are supposed to separate from their parents.

· The point is the way Adam and Eve were one flesh reveals the way married people should see themselves joined together as one flesh…and
the only way for that to happen is for people – men in particular – to separate from their parents.

Now maybe you’re wondering why it mentions a man leaving his father and mother w/o mentioning a woman leaving her father and mother. Has anyone wondered
why that’s the case? Again, it goes back to headship:

· The man is moving out from under his parents’ authority and establishing his own headship – or authority – over his own family.

· But the woman isn’t establishing her own headship or authority: she’s simply moving from being under her father to being under her husband. You see this
symbolically played out at weddings when the father walks his daughter down the aisle and passes her off to the man that’s about to become her husband. It
pictures the transfer of authority from the father to the husband.

When Gen 2:24 says a husband and wife become one flesh, it’s looking back to Eve coming from Adam. The words one flesh

  • Speak of completeness or unity…

· When God used part of Adam to create Eve He showed how man and woman are actually the same created being, two halves of a whole.

· One man and one woman complete each other when they’re brought together in marriage.

· Even though we’ve been talking about Adam’s authority or headship, we see how Eve clearly complemented and completed Adam. We’ll talk about this in more
detail next week when we discuss Gen 2:18.

And here’s the important point…

The way Adam and Eve were really two of the same person look to the way God sovereignly joins a husband and wife together on their wedding day. It is a
miraculous, supernatural event where God divinely joins two separate individuals into one flesh.

So here’s the question:

· Do you think of your marriage like this?

· Do you see yourself as one flesh – or one person – w/ your spouse?

  • Or:

o Are you more like two separate individuals living in the same house?

o Are you more like roommates than husband and wife?

If that’s the case, please contact Pastor Doug. We’re committed to strong, healthy, godly marriages here.

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And one other point we need to take away from this is…

The supernatural one flesh relationship God creates when two people are married reveals why divorce is so terrible: it’s tearing apart what God has joined
together:

  • Matt 19:6 and Mark 10:9
    They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
  • Mal 2:15-16

    Did [God] not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit?…Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with
    the wife of his youth.

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“For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce,

This is why if you’re a Christian, no matter how difficult it might be – and it is difficult when people are struggling in their marriage – you need to
discourage people from divorcing and encourage them to stay married.

While separation can be supported under certain circumstances, we never want to encourage divorce. When God says He hates something how could we think of
supporting it? We have the responsibility to see stay together what God has joined together.

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Now let me get you to think about something…

Since Adam knew Eve came from him:

· When Adam looked at Eve, it was like he was looking at himself…

· When Adam loved Eve, it was like he was loving himself…

· When Adam took care of Eve – specifically when he took care of her body and her flesh – it was like he was taking care of his body and his flesh.

· And of course he would take care of Eve if he saw her as part of his body b/c nobody hates their own flesh, instead they nourish and cherish it.

Does this sound familiar? Please tell me it does!

This is the language of Eph 5, discussing the instruction for husbands.

Please turn to Eph 5:28. We won’t come back to Gen 2. We covered these verses in detail a few months ago, so I’m not
going to spend much time on them, but I want to look at them w/ this understanding from Gen 2

Eph 5:28
So husbands ought to love their own wives AS THEIR OWN BODIES; he who loves his wife loves himself.
29a
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.

Now pause right here…

More than likely Paul – under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – had Adam and Eve in mind when he wrote this. It’s especially easy to think that b/c in verse 31 Paul quotes Gen 2:24 completely tying it back to Adam and Eve.

Here’s the application for us:

· Adam saw Eve as an extension of himself revealing how God wants husbands to see our wives as extensions of ourselves.

· When Adam took care of Eve – when he was nourishing and cherishing her body – he was literally taking care of – or nourishing and cherishing – his own
body…and this is how God wants husbands to feel about caring for and nourishing and cherishing our wives!

· When we – husbands – think of the way Adam took care of Eve – a woman he literally saw as part of himself – we want to understand this is how God expects
us to think of our wives: as part of us.

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Now let’s go back to finish verse 29a For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.

This is where we stopped, and before we read the rest of the verse, let me tell you Paul does something right here that goes way beyond Adam and his bride,
and it goes way beyond husbands and our brides; it goes to Christ and His bride…

29b just as the Lord does the church.
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For we are members
(or we are part) of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

This brings us to the rest of Lesson 2…

LESSON 2: GOD CREATED EVE FROM ADAM SO…

· (PART I) THEY’D SEE THEMSELVES AS ONE FLESH.

· (PART II) WE’D SEE OURSELVES AS ONE FLESH IN MARRIAGES.

· (PART III) WE’D SEE OURSELVES COMING FROM CHRIST.

Let me ask you a question: do the words in verse 30His flesh and His bones – sound familiar? You can circle those
words and write, “Gen 2:23” when Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” What God did w/ Adam
and Eve even looked forward to what God would do w/ Christ and His Bride, the Church.

For this to make sense, we have to understand Adam is a picture or type of Christ. Paul explains this very clearly:

  • Rom 5:14
    Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come
    , referring to Jesus.
  • 1 Cor 15:45
    It is written,
    “The first man Adam became a living being.”
    The last Adam
    (referring to Jesus) became a life-giving spirit.

The way Eve came from Adam physically is a beautiful picture of the way we come from Jesus spiritually. Let me say that one more time: the way Eve came
from Adam physically is a beautiful picture of the way we come from Christ spiritually:

  • Eph 5:30
    For we are members
    (or we are part) of His body, of His flesh and of His bones (just like Eve was w/ Adam).

· And making it perfectly clear: Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

While Christ had disciples during His earthly ministry, He didn’t have a bride until His death on the cross. At that moment, Jesus’ disciples moved from
being His followers to being His redeemed and cleansed Bride.

You can think about it like this…

· A young man might deeply love a young lady, but she doesn’t become his bride until he pledges himself to her.

· In the same way Jesus’ disciples didn’t become His Bride until He pledged Himself to them…and He did that on the cross; it was Jesus’ death on the cross
that produced His bride, the church.

God put Adam to sleep and fashioned Eve from His side, and on the cross, Jesus – the Second Adam – bowed His head, slept the sleep of death, and His bride,
the Church, was produced. Like God physically created Eve from Adam’s side, so too did God spiritually create the Church from our wounded Savior.

A soldier opened Jesus’ side w/ a spear: John 19:34 One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. My suspicion is this goes far
beyond my understanding, but I’m going to share w/ you what came to mind for me…

Blood and water came from Jesus’ side and they remind us of the two ordinances of the church that look back to Christ’s sacrifice: baptism and communion.

Also, blood and water are the two great cleansing against God uses to fashion us into the church…

As Christ’s bride, we were redeemed by His blood:

  • Acts 20:28 The church…which He purchased with His own blood.
  • Eph 1:7 We have redemption through His blood.
  • 1 Pet 1:18-19 You [were redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ.

As Christ’s bride, we are cleansed by water. Please look back at verses 26 and 27 that He (Christ) might sanctify and cleanse her (His Bride, the Church, you and me)

with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such
thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Looking forward to what Christ would accomplish under the New Covenant: Eze 36:25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness.

The spiritual cleansing Jesus would accomplish w/ water was physically demonstrated at one dramatic point in Jesus’ ministry. Please listen to these
verses…

John 13:5

[Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet…6 He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are
You washing my feet?”

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Jesus answered, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

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Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”

Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

There was more to this than Peter could understand at the time: Jesus was doing something physically for them, but it was picturing what He would do for
them spiritually…

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Jesus said to him,
“He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but IS COMPLETELY CLEAN; AND YOU ARE CLEAN.”

Jesus isn’t referring to them being physically clean; He’s referring to them being spiritually clean. The cleansing Jesus would accomplish on the cross
would leave them – and us – permanently and completely clean.

Please think of the implications of all this…

· Like Adam was Eve’s head, so too is Christ our head.

· Like Eve was truly part of Adam’s body, so too are we truly part of Christ’s body.

· Like Eve was going to be a helper – or servant to Adam – we’re Christ’s helper or servant; we’re called the hands and feet of Christ b/c we’re His body
on earth doing His work in His physical absence.

If we take our minds back to Gen 2:18, just like God told Adam He would make him a helper suitable for him, so too we – the church – are
the suitable companion God provides for Christ.

But here’s the important thing…

You don’t take credit for any of this:

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You don’t take any credit for belonging to Christ, b/c God is the one who chose you and Christ is the one who redeemed you.

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You don’t take credit, b/c it has nothing to do w/ anything you’ve done or could do; it’s b/c of what Jesus has done for us…

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It’s blood and water that flowed from His side.

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It’s His blood that has redeemed us.

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Eph 5:26
says He’s the One who washes and sanctifies us with water:
John 15:3 [Jesus said
,] “
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”
We’re clean b/c of what Christ has done for us!

Now finally, just like Adam was going to take care of Eve b/c she was part of his flesh and his bones, verse 30 says we too are part of Christ’s body, His
flesh and His bones.

· How much better is Christ going to take care of us?

· Imagine the love Adam had for Eve, and imagine how much love Christ has for us.

Paul had a desire for the Ephesians, and it’s the desire I have for you as your pastor. Paul desired they would know and understand the great love Christ
had for them, and I desire you know and understand that love:

Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with
all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you
may be filled with all the fullness of God.

LET’S REVIEW THESE LESSONS…

LESSON 1: GOD CREATED HEADSHIP BEFORE THE FALL.

LESSON 2: GOD CREATED EVE FROM ADAM SO…

· (PART I) THEY’D SEE THEMSELVES AS ONE FLESH.

· (PART II) WE’D SEE OURSELVES AS ONE FLESH IN MARRIAGES.

· (PART III) WE’D SEE OURSELVES COMING FROM CHRIST.

We’re going to sing these words again, speaking of the blood and water that flowed from Christ’s side, and I hope they will encourage you even more now
after this sermon…

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood, from They riven side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Author: Scott LaPierre