Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Created as Male and Female

Part 3 of the Bible study series God's Image Bearers



Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen. 1:26-27).


Introduction 

Read Gen. 2:18-25. The creation of humanity as male and female reflects the image of the triune God in three ways: (1) harmonious interpersonal relationships, (2) equality in personhood, and (3) difference in role and authority (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p. 454).


Discussion 

God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). How would life on earth be different if God had not made the woman (other than the inability to reproduce)? 


Explanation

The woman was made to be a “helper” for the man (Gen. 2:18, 20). Does the term “helper” denigrate the woman? 

Read Gen. 3:8-20. Before the fall, the man was made the leader in the marriage relationship: (1) Adam was created first, then Eve (Gen. 2:7, cf. 1 Tim. 2:13-14); (2) Adam named Eve (Gen. 2:23; 3:20); (3) God named the human race “man,” not “woman” (Gen. 5:2); (4) the serpent went to Eve first (Gen. 3:1; cf. 1 Tim. 2:14); (5) God spoke to Adam first after the fall (Gen. 2:15-17); and (6) Adam, not Eve, represented the human race (1 Cor. 15:22; Rom. 5:1). After the fall, there was a distortion of the original marriage roles. God said to the woman, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (v. 16). It’s possible that “desire” means “desire to conquer,” and “rule” means “rule harshly.” How do we see this struggle for control in marriages today? 

Redemption in Christ reaffirms the original marriage roles. “The first woman was taken from the side of the man, which beautifully illustrates that she belongs alongside him in partnership, not behind him in denigration (as chauvinism teaches) or in front of him in domination (as feminism teaches)” (Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears, Doctrine, p. 122). According to Eph. 5:22-23, what are the God-ordained roles for the man and woman in marriage? 


Application 

Read Mark 10:2-9. God created the covenant of marriage; thus, He alone defines what it is. What does our culture accept or tolerate that goes against God’s design for marriage? 

How can men and women in a church reflect the triune God?