And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib He which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18-25)
The First Family
When God finished creation on the sixth day, He looked on all that He had made and said it was very good. A pristine world, perfect in design and harmony, glistened from the hand of the amazing power of the Lord’s creation. The centerpiece of His work was the man and woman He had placed in a garden called Eden. Creation exalted the name of the Lord as the sun, moon and stars sang forth His glory and the mountains, plains and seas burst forth with vistas of beautiful tapestries of His handiwork. Fish and sea creatures filled the waters as birds glided among the firmament of the heavens. The beasts of the earth, cattle and every creeping thing walked among the forests, glades and meadows of a brand new world. Central to all of creation was Adam and Eve who were created in the image of the Creator. Unlike the animals that filled the land, sea and sky, man was an eternal creature that would never cease to exist.
Six billion souls walk the earth today. Through the centuries, billions of people have lived and died in the history of man. Every man and women who has walked upon the face of this earth owes their existence to the first family of earth; created by the hand of God according to His image. Adam and Eve are the first creation of all humanity. The man was formed from dust. There was no creature in the world that would bring happiness to man. The Lord proclaimed it was not good for man to be alone. There was a need in Adam that could not be found in anything of the world. The man needed a companion that was like him. God showed His wisdom when He took a part of man to make the woman. She was not created from the dust like Adam. The Lord did not create woman out of thin air. He took a part of man and formed a woman showing the union of the family. His design in creation was perfection and this is seen clearly in the first family.
Before sin destroyed the relationship of God and man, there was harmonious beauty and happiness between the family and God. Walking among the trees of the garden, Adam and Eve were in a paradise of joy because of their relationship with God. Adam looked upon the woman as a creation that was taken from his bones and his flesh. They were naked but had no shame. The purity of the marriage of Adam and Eve came from the relationship with God. When Satan tempted Eve and she ate of the forbidden fruit, the family changed. Adam took of the fruit also and immediately there was fear and shame. They both hid from the presence of God. This had never happened before. Their nakedness now brought shame. The voice of the Lord brought fear. God’s creation had changed. Punishment followed. Adam and Eve were expelled from their paradise home.
What was lost in the garden can be found again. It will never be the same as Adam and Eve experienced but the Lord God created man and woman to be happy and to find contentment with each other. The first family was created to show the power of God and His love in marriage. Ridiculed and denigrated by the evil desires of man, marriage remains the highest of creation as a place of truth and happiness. Sin marred the first family and will continue to battle against the family today. Husbands and wives should find the happiness of Adam and Eve when they mold their characters into the image of the One who created them. God formed the first family to share happiness. The home is the bastion of gladness when the Lord God is the centerpiece. Marriage was created to fulfill the needs of the man and the woman. This has remained unchanged. Like the Garden of Eden, when sin is allowed to reign in the family, destruction follows. Troubled families are troubled because the word of God does not guide the home.
The first family is an example of what God created and what He expects. There will be battles of sin as Satan continues to attack the home. Husbands and wives can be happily married because that is what God created. Fathers and mothers should teach their children to love God more than anything else. The home should be a place of safety, security and peace within the bounds of God’s love. Let the glory of God fill the heart of the man and woman as they form a home joined in one flesh. Remember the words of Adam when he proclaimed that woman was bone of his bones and part of his flesh. He understood in the beginning the beauty of the woman in his life. The first family loved God and served Him. We can do no less.
Adam could not be happy even in Paradise without Eve. (John Lubbock, Peace and Happiness, 1909)