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Your Best Love, 4

Genesis 2:15, 18-25

Preaching Notes

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I.  God’s Purpose for The Man’s Life

To glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever

To work the garden and to thrive in it

To not be alone – this led to the formation of The Helper, The Woman

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II.  The Purpose of Marriage

Marriage is a union between one man and one woman, designed of God to last so long as they both shall live.  Marriage is designed for the mutual help of husband and wife; for the safeguarding, undergirding, and development of their moral and spiritual character; for the propagation of children and the rearing of them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (2) 

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III.  The Five Tasks of Marriage

1st Task – Be a Help Mate

God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” Genesis 2:18 (3)

2nd Task – Be a Soul Mate

“Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” Genesis 2:23 (4)

An Emotional Soul Mate

Jacob and Rachel – Genesis 29

Vs 11 – Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud

Vs 12 – Rachel ran and told her father

Vs 20 – Jacob served Laban 7 years, 

But they seemed to him but a few days because he loved her 

Vs 30 – Jacob loved Rachel more than … anyone

A Spiritual Soul Mate

So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  Ephesians 5:27  (5)

Ruth and Boaz – Boaz her redeemer

Vs 13 – So Boaz took Ruth as his wife …

Vs 14 – Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you without a redeemer …

  Vs 15 – He shall be a restorer and nourisher of you life …

3rd Task – Be a Team Mate

Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 (6)

No I or me in team

As if siamese twins

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Philippians 2:2 (7)

4th Task – Be a Mating Mate

The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25 (8)

One implication of Genesis 3:16 is that

The Man and Woman bringing children into the world

This is a marriage task

not a male and female task

Make life, give life, mold life

5th Task – Be a Life Mate

Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”  Matthew 19:4–6 (9)

Recognition that marriage is God’s creation

Again, do not be unequally yoked

Lyrics from When I Say I Do

There must be a God, I believe its true. 

Cause I can see His love, when I look at you. 

And he must have a plan for this crazy life. 

Because He brought you here and placed you by my side. (10)

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  1. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:15, 18–25.
  2. The Westminster Confession, Chapter 24, sections 1 and 2.
  3. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:18.
  4. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:23.
  5. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ephesians 5:27.
  6. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:24.
  7. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Philippians 2:2.
  8. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002), Genesis 2:25.
  9. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Matthew 19:4–6.
  10. http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/When-I-say-I-do-lyrics-Matthew-West/A5F4D556C70043FA4825756000243A49.
 

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