Monday, August 27, 2012

Men and Women Created Equally?


Lesson 6: Created Equally


 

Needed: Map of Mesopotamia

 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 2:4-6.  

 

Why hadn’t it rained yet? Because of the hydrosphere that God had made.

 

Read Genesis 1:6-8.

 

The water above the earth just stayed there. It didn’t rain yet.

 

Read Genesis 2:7.

 

When God created Adam, how old do you think Adam would have looked? We think Adam would have looked like an adult, even though he had just been created. We believe that God made everything in a mature state during those first six days of creation week so that life could begin quickly without having to wait for all the plants and animals and people to grow to maturity.

 

Read Genesis 2:8-14.

 

Why do you think the Bible gives us so much detail about these rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden? Because the Bible wants us to know, God wants us to know, that the Garden of Eden was a real place so He’s telling us where it was.

 

Let’s see if we can find it. Open up to a map and find the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Follow those up to where they almost meet. They do meet at the Persian Gulf, but they also come very close at the top. Do you also see another little river coming off the Tigris and one coming off the Euphrates? I’m willing to bet that right there where the Euphrates and Tigris almost touch is where the Garden of Eden was and that the four rivers there are the four rivers the Bible talks about. If you look north-east from there, you can see the Mountains of Ararat, where Noah’s Ark landed, not very far away.

 

Read Genesis 2:15-17.

 

Why does God command Adam not to eat from that tree? Why give Adam any commands? Why put the tree there in the first place? It’s about free will. God had created Adam so that God could love him and be in a relationship with him. By placing the tree there and commanding Adam not to eat from it, God was giving Adam a choice to love God back or not to love God back. If Adam obeyed God, that would prove that Adam wanted to love God. The tree was a test.

Read Genesis 2:18-25.  

Why did God create the woman? Because it was not good for the man to be alone.

 

Discussion Activity: Agree or Disagree? Pick sides of the line depending on what your answer is.

Men are better than women

Women are better than men

Men can do things better than women can

Women can do things better than men can.

Men are smarter than women

Women are smarter than men

God likes men better

God is a man

Men and women are equal

 

Why was it not good for the man to be alone? Men and women have some very different characteristics. Having men and women together ensures that their characteristics balance each other out. If there were just men in the world or just women in the world, it would be a very different place. Having both provides us with the good personality traits of both genders.

 

So God says, “I will make a suitable helper for him,” which proves that the man is the most important one, right? After all, she’s just the helper for the man.  

 

God is also called a helper in the Bible.

 

Read Deuteronomy 33:29.

 

Obviously, the word helper is not a derogatory term toward the woman. In the history of the world, and even some people today, have viewed women as being less important than men, but that is not what the Bible says.

 

The reason that none of the animals would have been a good companion for Adam is that they would have been below him. They would not have been his equal. Only woman is the equal of man.

 

And what did God use to make the woman? One of Adam’s ribs.

 

Where is the rib located? On your side.

 

This says something about the nature of the relationship between men and women. If the woman was made from the man’s toe, that would mean that the woman would be below the man. If the woman was made from something in Adam’s head, that would mean that the woman was above the man. The fact that she was taken from his side, means that they stand side-by-side, not one above the other, but equal.


 

Created

 

Lesson 6: Created Equally

 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 2:4-6.  

 

 

Why hadn’t it rained yet?

 

 

Read Genesis 1:6-8.

 

 

How was the land watered?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:7.

 

 

When God created Adam, how old do you think Adam would have looked?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:8-14.

 

 

Why do you think the Bible gives us so much detail about these rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:15-17.

 

 

Why does God command Adam not to eat from that tree? Why give Adam any commands? Why put the tree there in the first place?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:18-25.  

 

 

Why did God create the woman?

 

 

Why was it not good for the man to be alone?

 

 

The woman being called the man’s helper means that he’s the boss, the more important one, right? She’s just his helper, isn’t she?

 

 

Read Deuteronomy 33:29.

 

 

Who is called a helper in this verse?

 

 

Obviously, the word helper is not a derogatory term toward the woman. In the history of the world, and even some people today, have viewed women as being less important than men, but that is not the way it was supposed to be in the beginning.

 

 

Why would an animal not have been a good companion or helper for the man?

 

 

What did God use to make the woman?

 

 

Where is the rib located?

 

 

If God had used a piece of bone from Adam’s skull, that would show us that the woman is _________ man.

 

 

If God had used one of Adam’s toe bones, that would show that the woman is ____________ man.

 

 

When God used Adam’s rib, He was showing that men and women are supposed to stand ___________________________________, as equals.



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