Sunday, January 6, 2013

Genesis 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter continues where Genesis 1 left off. We see God resting. Then we read about a perfect garden God created for people to live in and enjoy. The catch is that there is one tree from which the people cannot eat.
  • Finally, we read about the first marriage. God says that it's not good for the man he created to be alone, so he makes a woman to be his companion.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God didn't physically need to rest, but sets an example for us of the importance of scheduling rest into our schedule.
  • With the forbidden tree, God gives Adam and Eve the freedom to choose to obey him or not. God honors us by giving us the freedom of choice.
  • From the beginning we see that marriage is at the center of God's plan for humanity. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Not only does God set the example of resting in Genesis 2, he tells us to schedule a day of rest in the Ten Commandments. How could you start practicing this discipline of rest? Is there anything you need to stop doing? Do you have a take you take to focus on God and re-energize?
  • God loves us so much he's given us the freedom to love him in return. God took the greatest risk of love when he gave us free will. God wants more than anything for us to have a relationship with him but he loves us too much to make us love him. Have you decided to say yes to God's love? If you have questions about that or want to make that choice then we’d love to help you. Please email, call or grab one of the staff members at Verve this week.
  • Some people today think the idea of marriage is archaic, and they’re right. Marriage has been around since the world began. God made it that way. God created us with a desire to have deep meaningful relationships and he made marriage to be the highest bond we can have with another person in this life. Did you know that a healthy marriage is also one of the ways God describes our relationship with Him? Does this idea of a God-ordained relationship change the way you see marriage? Does it make marriage more important to you? Does it make you want to work on your marriage? What will you do about it?