Bible Studies for Life Lesson for May 2- In The Presence of God
April 20 2010 by Dale Austin Jr., associate pastor, Wakeminster Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passages: Genesis 1:26-28a; 2:7, 15-22 Most Americans in the 20th and 21st century get married at some point in their adult lives.

Of couples getting married, only one out of every five adults (22 percent) has never been married. Of those who have been married, more than one out of three has been divorced at least once with the divorced group having additional marriages and divorces.  

With almost half of all marriages that have been performed now ending in divorce, a biblical perspective needs to be revisited in our society to understand what God intended for marriage and how we can apply this to our lives and to the lives of others around us to have the marriage that God intended for married couples to have.

Our Bible studies during the month of May will be dealing with this special relationship of marriage.

Our scripture passages are from the section of Genesis that deals with the creation account.

God has just finished His creation of the heavens, earth, and life, and now He comes to His greatest earthly creation — mankind. Mankind was bestowed the highest honor of being created in the very image of God.

Because we are created in the image of God, we have the privilege of being able to have fellowship with God. He did not create us to be the same as Him, but we were created to be able to enjoy a close relationship with God and to complement Him.

In Genesis 2:7, we see that God was actively and personally involved in bringing about the creation of Adam. Of all of creation, man takes in the very breath of God to become a living soul. We would think that this is enough — man being in close fellowship with God and that everything is just fine and dandy — but something was missing from this equation.

Adam was alone, and God knew this, so He was going to do something about it. This is probably one of the best-known Old Testament passages when you ask children about the creation account — Eve was created from the rib of Adam by God.

While this is true that God did create Eve out of Adam, the Hebrew term used in this passage means more than just “rib;” it means the side of Adam.

Now God has created Eve from the side of Adam; she is not just made from a spare part, but she is Adam’s companion, one who stands beside him, his helper, his spiritual equal, and one who also has fellowship with God.

As we spend the month of May studying the biblical basis for marriage and how it relates to us and others, we should take note that the first marriage started out with a spiritual relationship with God.
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