Today's Manna

January 2, 2017
Foundations of Family and Faith
by Rabon Metcalf
Scripture Reading: Genesis 2
Today’s reading zooms in on Genesis 1 and focuses on God’s creative work unique to the sixth day and the blessedness of the seventh day.

First, we have the uniqueness of the creation of man, Adam (v. 7). Man is not unique because we were made from the “dust of the ground”; for we see in verse 19 that “every beast of the field and every bird of the air” were formed from the ground. Man is unique in the sense that we were created in the image of God (Gen 1:26), that He has quickened our spirit (“breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”) and we became a living soul. Nothing else in God’s great creation has these distinctions.

Next we see the uniqueness of the creation of woman, Eve (v. 21-23), as God’s counterpart to man. Eve was not created from the ground; the Lord created her from the flesh and bone of Adam. In this, God is illustrating “one flesh” - the completion that happens with the union of one man and one woman. This leads to God’s inauguration of marriage (v. 24), in this case, between Adam and Eve.

The last unique institution to make note of, in Genesis 2, is the holiness of the Sabbath (v. 2, 3). Here the LORD gives Israel a standard, a set time of cessation from normal activities and an opportunity for man to rest. It is a special day, a sanctified day called the Sabbath. We understand that the apostles, everyone of them Sabbath-honoring Jews, began meeting on the first day of the week (1 Cor 16:2) as a result of the resurrection of Christ. Therefore, Christians today honor the Lord by using Sunday as the day specifically set aside for corporate worship and rest.

In summary, we find in Genesis 2 God laying the foundation for the two fundamental institutions established in His Word. The obvious is marriage and the family. The second is the ground work for the church via the Sabbath. We understand that church is not a day on the calendar, and we as believers know that every day is a day to worship God and live holy, sanctified lives (1 Thess. 5:14-23). However, throughout the pages of Scripture we see the relevance and necessity of corporate worship and fellowship on the Lord’s Day.

Both institutions, marriage and the church, should be treasured, protected, and honored because they have been given to us by God for our benefit and His glory.

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