Marriage: the Profound Mystery
 
STUDY 1
In the Beginning
STUDY 2
Paradise Lost
STUDY 3
God's Covenant Love
STUDY 4
Greatest Love Song
STUDY 5
Bridegroom arrives
STUDY 6
Profound Mystery
STUDY 7
Marriage of the Lamb

STUDY 2: PARADISE LOST

Study 2: Paradise Lost

Marriage – The Profound Mystery

 

A seven-part biblical study on marriage from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations Discipleship and Evangelism Commission

Watch the Video below and then either in a group or as an individual reflect on the questions below. 

Study 2 - Paradise Lost (Marriage in Genesis 3)

 

1) They walked with God in the cool of the evening (Gen 3:8).

 

This is a picture of the first couple in a perfect relationship with God and also each other. Their marriage was right and good as they obeyed and believed God.

 

How do we long for such a relationship with our Father and others?

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2) The serpent said to Eve that if she ate of the fruit, she would be like God…..(Gen 3:5).

 

The desire to be God (that we know better than Him) is at the heart of all sin. The serpent was saying (and Eve believed) that God is holding out on you! “He just tells you the way things should be, but really we know better than Him. Come on – be your own god.”

 

How has this pride and rebellion affected every relationship we have ever had?

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3) Read Gen 3:12-13.

 

Notice the way that Adam and Eve immediately turn to selfjustification and blame. They totally believe that they are right. God is wrong and so is everyone else!

 

How do we fall into the trap of believing we are right and all our problems are caused by others (especially God!)?

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4) Read Gen 3:16.

 

It literally says, “You Eve, will desire to rule over your husband. But He will rule over you.” This is God’s judgement on their marriage. God hands them over to their sinful desire to rule over each other. Both will want to be the boss. Both will want to rule over and both will really think they know best. They will use their various powers, whether it be strength or manipulation or logic or sexuality to achieve this goal.

 

How does this affect you in your life?

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5) We live this side of the fall and thus we should have a realistic expectation of relationships. Gen 3 destroys any idealism about ourselves and others.

 

How can we prepare young people for life and marriage in light of the ‘Fall’?

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6) Because Jesus has reconciled and reunited us to God, we can be reconciled and reunited in human relationships. There is only one cure for the mess of the ‘Fall’. It is what Jesus has done for us through the cross. He took away our sinful mess (our pride, self-justification, desires to be lord). He made us clean, removed our guilt and shame, that we could live in pure relationships – with God and even with other sinners.

 

Think on and marvel at the lavish grace God has poured out on us? 

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