Friday, May 27, 2016

Genesis 2:21-25 comments: one flesh

    21 ¶  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The Creator made the human female from the bone of a male. Woman is the only creature not made directly from the ground. She was made from material already present in the man. What is truly important about this passage is the fact that this is the pattern for marriage before God, the union of a man and a woman as one flesh, this union being the consummation of the marriage. There are a great many sermons to be had in this passage but I will try to avoid sermonizing so as not to take away from what the text literally says. Suffice it to say that many days of sorrow could have been avoided in a young man or woman’s life if they had gone to sleep in a manner of speaking and let God bring them a mate and many an unhappy marriage could have been happier if a young man or a young woman had been capable of leaving the control of their mother and father to start a new life together.

In their original state of innocence the man and the woman had no sense of shame for their nakedness. There were no inhibitions for them in that regard.

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