He + She: Fruit and Nudity

Thursday, 2/18/2010
Pastor Lucas Forsthoff

Fruit and Nudity

Genesis 2:4b – 25

Here we are seeing our first parents, Adam and Eve, they are naked with some fruit. So, if you love being naked and fruit, then this is a great sermon for you.
Adam and Eve are setting the example of what our relationship should be with God and each other.
We are going to take this first message and lay a good foundation for the rest of this series.

4b When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth [b] and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth [c] and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams [d] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-

7 the LORD God formed the man [e] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin [f] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. [g] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam [h] no suitable helper was found.

21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs [i] and closed up the place with flesh.

22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [j] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, 
 "This is now bone of my bones 
 and flesh of my flesh; 
 she shall be called 'woman, [k] ' 
 for she was taken out of man."

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

God’s love and care for us should make us love and care one another.

• v. 4-6 we are setting the stage for the rest of this chapter.
• v. 7 Up until now, God has been speaking everything into existence. And all of a sudden, you see God forming man with His hands, taking his time and making sure everything is just right.
• God hand crafts human life and puts his intelligence, love, care, design, breathed into us. God is intimately involved in the making of human life. You are here from God for God.
• When was the last time you bought something that was handcrafted? It cost a lot, rare, and precious to you. So many things are not hand crafted anymore but God has hand crafted you.

What God gives us

1. Garden v. 8
a. God put man in the garden in Eden. God was the original gardener.
b. There was a great rose garden in Tulsa that I loved to go to.
c. God created a beautiful garden where Adam could live.
d. God cares where you live.
e. Here you see God taking care of Adam…just like us men need to take care of our wives.
2. Trees with fruit v. 9
a. Tree of life
i. If you eat, you live forever
b. Tree of knowledge of good and evil
i. Represents human pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and new ideas
ii. Many of us want to experience things for ourselves. Many times we decide to sin because we want to know what it’s like.
iii. We want to experience sexual pleasures before were allowed.
3. Job v.15
a. Adam had to work the land.
b. When men work, we are focused and stay out of trouble.
c. Men are like trucks, you have to put weight on them or they will get squirrelly.
d. Even when a man retires from work, he works!
e. When I was a kid, I was constantly working on projects around the house. My friends and I would build huge forts, tree forts, and battles with the enemy.
f. Women, if you meet a man and he does not work, and he has no good reason, run away from him. You want a man you can help not fix.
4. Command v.16-17
a. Eat of all the fruit and of the land except of this one tree, “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
b. 3 commands men need to do…
i. Leave father and mother and become a man
ii. Get married
iii. Become one flesh
c. What boys do…?
i. Skip steps 1 and 2 and just want to have sex with women
d. The Christian and the non-Christian men want to same thing…sex and naked women. There has to be a difference on the way you get it.
5. Helper v. 18
a. Animals v. 19-20
i. The animals were not a suitable helper.
1. Chickens for food
2. Horses for plowing
3. Cows for pastures and food
4. Goats for milk
a. All of these are good but a man needs a woman.
ii. I am sure that Adam got done naming all the animals and said, there was nothing here that could satisfy me.
b. Beauty is a targeted thing. The standard of beauty is your wife. You should marry someone you are attracted to so that you can love her your entire life.
c. Too many men are looking at women as options. Your standards for women are the same as picking out cereal at the store. Too many options and they all look good to you. If this is your perspective on things, then you will continue to have this perspective when you are married.
d. Key to a good marriage: good looking woman who is slow, so that you can chase her and catch her all of your life.
6. Woman v. 21
a. Where do women come from? God…this is why they are great.
b. The woman comes from your side. She is not behind your nor in front of you but beside you, equal.
c. V. 22 God brought her to Adam…walked her down the aisle just like your daddy does when you get married.
d. Many men reject the women right in front of them and are looking for the porn star, too young, all about the looks, and they don’t look at the women right in front of them.
e. The woman is the helper suitable for the work.
f. The woman is not just for submission but a helper.
i. Sometimes men think of doing stupid things and the women sit back and say well I wish I could say something to him but I have to be submissive. Nope. You have to be a helper.
g. Men need women to help them dress, eat, shower, back rubs, love, kiss, affection, touch.

v. 23 The Man Speaks to Her.

1. The man sings to her and speaks poetry to her
a. My wife loves I when I give her cards that say wife on them and I write on the inside my own thoughts and feelings for her. She wants to know what I think of her and our relationship.
2. Give her a name.
a. Psychologists say, that you only give nicknames to those that you love.
3. Women need to get a man they can help, not fix. Don’t settle in your life. If a man loves you, he will get 7 jobs, live off of red bull, sell a kidney, and figure out how to take care of you.
4. V. 24 for this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and get a job, make some money, separate from your parents emotionally, and then get married.
5. 3 step process: Be a man, get married, and then become one flesh.
a. Be a man first. Getting married does not make you a man.
b. Get married, move out of the house
c. Become one flesh
6. V. 25 they were both naked and felt no shame.
a. If you are sexually promiscuous, you will feel defiled, dirty, and shameful.
b. Naked and no shame are synonyms not antonyms. You should be able to be naked in front of your spouse and feel no shame.