I want you to analyze certain verses and try to answer specific questions. You’ll appreciate what I’m going to share in phase 5 much more if you grapple with these questions first. These are not easy questions. Explore them carefully. Feel free to involve your family, friends, or spiritual mentors.
In Genesis 1:27, it says “…in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Which is it? Did God create him or them? Singular or plural? And how do you know based on the verses?
Shortly after man is created in Genesis 1:27, God gives him 2 commands. What are they?
In Genesis 2:5 it says “there was not yet man to work the ground.” Really?! What about 1:27? Similarly, Genesis 2:7 describes the creation of man, as if he hadn’t been created yet. But man was created in 1:27! Why does the Bible say that man wasn’t created when we know based on 1:27 that he was? Why does the Bible give us 2 accounts of the creation of man?
After the second account of the creation of man, God gives man another command. What was it?
Verse 2:18 says “it’s not good that man is alone,” and then the Bible goes on to describe the creation of Eve. But was man alone? What about “male and female He created them” in 1:27? How do you reconcile “it’s not good that man is alone” with the earlier verse that says “male and female He created them”?
For this question, I want to ask you to isolate the account of the creation of man in chapter 2. In 2:7, God creates man. Then there are 10 verses until “it’s not good that man is alone.” What took so long? Why doesn’t the Bible say that “it’s not good for man to be alone” as soon as he was alone? In other words, man is created, God makes the Garden of Eden, He makes the 4 rivers running through it, and then He gives man the commend not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil—10 verses—and then finally “it’s not good for man to be alone.” What changed for man that made it not good for him to be alone?
For this question too, isolate the account of the creation of man in chapter 2. Why is it not good that man is alone? Try not to get philosophical. Try to provide an answer based on the verses. Why does Adam need a wife based on the story of him in chapter 2?
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In this audio presentation, you’ll hear me discussing the above questions with some participants. To be clear, I’m not teaching on this teleconference; instead, I’m mostly listening, studying the verses with participants, challenging their conclusions, and asking them to explain their answers. On this teleconference, they’re the teacher, and I’m the finicky student. Some people find the discussion here engaging. Others, frankly, find it a little slow. If that’s the case for you, feel free to skip to phase 5. Whatever you do, don’t miss the audio presentation in phase 5; it’s the heart of the program.
In this audio presentation I share with you my answers to the questions posed and my analysis of what God is teaching us about marriage in the story about Adam and Eve. I think you’ll be amazed at how such a simple story can have such profound meaning. Verses you’ve known for years will take on new meaning for you.