God Designs Marriage

Then God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18). So God created Eve from the rib of Adam and established marriage. Genesis 2:24 describes the blessed union of marriage between one man and one woman this way: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

God gave Adam and Eve specific instructions in the Garden of Eden. He told them to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), and He gave them every tree to eat from except for one. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat’” (Genesis 2:16–17). At this time, Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed.

The Fall of Man

The perfection in the Garden of Eden didn’t last. The cunning and crafty serpent tempted the first humans with a lie: “Did God really say . . . ?” And so Adam and Eve took of the forbidden fruit and ate it. After their sin, their eyes were opened, and they knew they were naked, so they hid from God in shame.

The First Sacrifice

The moment Adam sinned, he died spiritually and became separated from God. But God killed animals to provide skins to cover Adam and Eve. This pattern of sin, sacrifice, and covering continued for centuries. This sacrifice in the story of Adam and Eve is a picture of a permanent payment for sin that God would provide through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Last Adam.

Life After Eden

After Adam and Eve sinned, God banished them from the Garden of Eden and gave them specific consequences for their sin. God also cursed the ground, which means thorns, poison, and drought also entered the world. However, we find our hope in God’s promise to restore the world to a perfect state one day in the future.

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