Today in God’s Word
Genesis 2; Matthew 2
I see a few interesting things in this detailed account of God’s making of man on the 6th day. Here are the categories of what I see God doing with man…
Plain to see is that God makes man and he makes woman from the man and this surely gives him authority over us an gives us accountability to him as our maker.
The Lord places man in a garden and provides for him food and beauty (pleasant to the sight and good for food) as indication that God cares for him and intends to meet his needs.
The Lord gave the man authority and responsibility. He charged him to work the garden and keep it. He gave him authority over the animals. The Lord has expectations of man and we are accountable to God for what we do with ourselves and with his creation.
The Lord directed the man specifically to enjoy his provision but with a limitation. He was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It may be worth noting that he gave this direction to the man before he made woman. I believe that the Lord gave Adam the responsibility of passing this instruction on to his bride. Adam was to provide for and to nourish his wife. Eph 5:22-33 says that Christ cleanses and washes his bride with his word and that husbands are likewise to love their bride. Adam was charged with faithfully sharing God’s word with Eve that she would know how to honor God.
The Lord warned the man of the consequences or results of not heeding his instruction. In context, it is clear that this is as a loving warning rather than a threat. There is a consequence to not taking God at his word. This obedience of faith whereby we trust in God’s authority, wisdom, and love and therefore receive what he says and act upon it, out of loving gratitude and not out of an attempt to merit something, was and is the command of the eternal God and the way of salvation (cf. Rom 1:5, 16:26).
Later we will learn that the Lord illustrated the gospel here in the joining of man and woman in marriage (cf. Eph 5:32). May our marriages be a picture of the gospel to the world.
Soli Deo Gloria!