Distinct from all other creatures, God created men and women in His own image, and it is together that we best reflect that image. Teaching from Genesis 2, Alistair Begg explores God’s perfect design for men and women, the disastrous consequences of sin, and His merciful plan of redemption. Men and women are different by design, not intended to be rivals, but to complement each other.
15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat4 of it you shall surely die.”
18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for5 him.” 19Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed6 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam7 there was not found a helper fit for him. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made8 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”9
24Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.
The Bible tells us all we need to know to live as men and women. God is both the author of the Bible and the Creator of the reader, but until we accept the authority of His Word, we will not defer to it, especially when it runs counter to the expectations of modern-day culture. Building on this foundational truth, Alistair Begg explores what the Bible has to say about God’s Design for Women.
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|God's Basic Design||Psalms 139:1-18|
|Different by Design||Genesis 2:15-25|
|Displaying Your Design||1 Peter 3:1-6 Titus 2:3-5|