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So I was asking, when God created man and woman, how did he design them to relate to him? How intimate were we created to be with our Creator, and should we be moving in that direction to be closer and more intimate with him today?
Do you want to jump into that? Jay?
Yeah, I just. It’s interesting that you ask about the relationship between man and woman or husband and wife, and then also a relationship with God, because I think you’re spot on in that the two are parallels to each other in a sense. There’s a connection with them. So first, when God created man and woman, how did he design them to relate to him? I’ve often talked about how we are made in the image of God in many respects. But one of those is the way that a man and a woman come together in a very close unity, that unity of loving one another in many ways parallels, then the love that God and Christ will have. And then you could say there’s a third level. Like, for us, it’s man, wife, and God forms the perfect union, just like you have the trinity with God, the Father, Son and spirit. And in that unity, loving each other, supporting each other, building up one another, trusting each other, that is, to me, one of the closest way that we can ever come to experiencing Godliness. And really, the key word there, I think, is oneness. Right?
So as husband and wife are one flesh, God is also. Jesus says, I and the Father are one. And then Jesus ultimately prays that all his followers, all God’s people, will be one. So ultimately, oneness is godliness. I mean, God is love. And God’s ultimate hope for humanity is also that we will come into unity being like one accord, right, as the disciples were during Pentecost. That is the highest state of existence. I think God has aspirations for us and that we, too, should be practicing gets back to how do we live our faith? Our faith should be expressed as love is what God wants us to be. That is a state of being. That is perfection. Tina, what are your thoughts?
I think that’s really very good insight into that. And I guess the only thing I think of when I think about how God created man and woman with everything else like this last quarter, I was teaching my child’s class at church, and we were talking about creation the whole quarter. And I kept bringing up how with everything else in God’s creation, he spoke. God said, let there be a light, let there be plants, let there be animals. But when it came to how he created man, he first.
I know, I think we just lost.
Tina connection that God wanted to have with Adam. And then when he wanted Adam to live, God actually breathed his own breath into his nostrils. They were so close and so intimate. It was a very intimate experience, for sure, when God created Adam, his first human being, which definitely was also created in the image of God. And then God had alone time with Adam before he brought Eve into the picture. And I think that’s a really good point, that we need to not forget that we as individuals must first have an intimate walk with God before we can introduce somebody else into that relationship. Or do you know what I mean? Just that we’re not first jumping into a relationship with the person before we have a close walk with God. And so then Adam, he makes Adam go to sleep. Adam’s not even in the picture when he creates Eve, Adam’s own ribs. So again, God’s intimately touching with his hands and know, not just speaking at a distance, it’s up close. It’s firsthand contact in creating.
There, too is Adam had a time alone with God, right? And then Eve had a time when Adam is asleep and she got one on one time with God.
What is the message that God is telling us here?
Exactly that we each individually need to have our own walk with God before we’re ready for that relationship. And then definitely, I think what Satan came into the picture and bringing in sin. And then, you see, after sin, being introduced, the man saying, the woman that you gave me, she deceived me. And the woman’s like, well, this serpent deceived me. And so it’s just this blame game, and it puts separation between us and each other, and it puts separation between us and God. And so in order to get a closeness with God and with each other, we have to come into harmony again with God’s will. And God’s perfect will, we see, is basically in his law. And because if we are keeping the first four commandments, which is, in essence, love to God, and obeying the last six commandments, which are, in essence, love to our fellow man, we are going to be able to live in harmony and intimacy with God, as well as with our fellow human beings, because we’re not doing anything that’s going to harm them, because love does no harm. And so if we’re living a life of love, then we can’t help but have a stronger and more intimate relationship with God, because sin is what separates us.
We see that in Isaiah, chapter 59, verse two, sin has separated us from our God, but when we come back to him, we confess our sin and one John one nine says if we do, he’ll forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And as we come back into harmony with God, that’s how I believe we regain that intimacy, that closeness with the Lord. And then as we seek forgiveness and seek only to love our fellow human beings, especially starting with your spouse and those in your home and your family, et cetera, I see. That’s how we build in our intimacy, because there’s no way you can have a healthy, intimate relationship with somebody where there’s toxicity and harm being done to each other. So I hope that is just a different, little bit of a different insight, but I pray it’s a blessing.
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