by Rex Yancey

The First Family
Rex Yancey
Genesis 2:18, 3:20

It all started with Adam and EVE. I know, I know, I am old fashioned. I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Being the first couple had its privileges. They couldn't complain, ''I don't know what the younger generation is coming to.'' THEY HAD NO IN-LAW PROBLEMS. Adam did not have to listen to Eve tell him of all the other men she could have married. Eve did not have to endure Adam's comparison of her cooking to the way his mother cooked.

Adam was lonely because he did not have a corresponding opposite. God pronounced that it was not good for Adam to be alone. But before he provided Adam with a help mate, he created the animals and allowed Adam to give them their names.

Can you imagine Adam naming the animals? He could see they were male and female. And yet, he had no companion. The loneliest words in the Bible may be ''But for Adam there was not a helper suitable for him.''

Then God stepped in and caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam, took a rib from his side and created woman. Adam immediately went into poetry when he saw the woman. In a loose Yancey Hebrew translation he said, ''Hot dog, this is her this time!''

Perhaps the ladies would like a slightly altered rendition of that story by a little girl. When asked to describe the creation of man, she said, ''God reached down his hands, picked up some modeling clay, and made a man. When he looked at man, he said 'I think I can do better than that if I tried again.' So then He created woman!''

Adam and Eve were brought together under the leadership of God to fulfill his plan for companionship between a man and a woman. This was man's first attempt at marital bliss, and what a beginning they had. God himself performed their ceremony. Adam and Eve were to be happy together and truly become on flesh. However, the record indicates that things did not work out as planned.

Where did the first couple go wrong? What deprived them of the ...

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