The Core Sunday Gathering
September 25, 2011
Series: The Sexes
Week 2: Created Male and Female
This may be the closest to a 3-point sermon you’ll ever get from me - PASS OUT BIBLES
-We’re going to look at how and why God created us male and female
-And I believe the answer comes in three sections: one from Genesis 1, then Genesis 2, and then Genesis 3
1. ADJECTIVES AND NOUNS (Genesis 1)
-How do we keep from putting these concepts of “male” and “female” into our little boxes?
-One way is to take a second look at the way Genesis talks about the genders God created
-Assign Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27
-Male and Female he created them. What part of speech are the words Male and Female?
-Are they adjectives or nouns? In English, could be either. In the Hebrew, they’re definitely adjectives.
-Who cares, right? What’s the difference?
-If you said “I’m thirsty” and I said “Hi, I’m Ryan.”
-That’s corny, right? So I’m corny. You’re thirsty and I’m corny.
-These are adjectives, but I’m treating them like nouns. Are you getting this?
-“Male” and “Female” are adjectives in this verse, but we treat them like nouns here, don’t we?
-Is the important thing that God created one dude and one chick?
-Or is the point that he created Masculinity and Femininity?
-In the image of God he created them… Masculine and Feminine he created them.
-No matter how the cultural picture changes from one generation to the next, or one continent to the next
-The concepts of Masculinity and Femininity are preserved.
-Why? Because culture changes, but hormones really don’t
-Testosterone will always result in some degree of masculinity
-Estrogen and Progesterone will always result in femininity.
-Raise your hand if you have testosterone. Everyone go ahead and raise your hand.
-Now keep it up if you have estrogen. We all have varying amounts of masculinity and femininity in our veins
-We run into trouble when we expect Masculinity to be exemplified only by males, and Femininity only by females
-If you don’t believe me, I can prove it to you. PASS OUT BIBLES
-[SLIDE] MEN: Judging, Plotting, Competitiveness, War, Leadership, Physical Force
WOMEN: Romance, Mercy, Peacefulness, Strong Emotion, Poetry, Cooking
-Assign the following verses to six different groups
-Question: What attributes does your character exhibit?
WOMEN: Genesis 27:5-16 | Rebecca takes action to seize the birthright for Jacob
Judges 4:4-9 | Deborah was Israel’s only female judge, and commanded the army
Judges 4:17-22 | Jael assassinates the opposing army’s commander
MEN: Genesis 25:27-29 | Jacob the home-body was favored by God over Esau the hunter
Hosea 2:18-3:3 | Hosea loved his wife despite her prostitution, always calling her back
1 Samuel 16:21-23, Psalm 38:1-8 | David the poet and psalmist
-The men are going into the feminine column, and the women in the masculine column, right?
-Obviously there are many more examples of men acting masculine, and women acting feminine
-But Does God only reward men when they act masculine?
-Does God only reward women when they act feminine?
-Masculinity and Femininity are God’s priceless creation, but they are not divided neatly
-Each of us has some of both, and each of us has them in different proportions.
2. THE HELPER (Genesis 2)
-But of course there’s more, because the creation story doesn’t end there.
-Assign Scripture: Genesis 2:18-22 18
-We run into trouble here, don’t we… when it says, twice, that God made woman to be a “helper”
-Questions: What sort of occupations do you think of as being “helpers”?
-Secretaries? Nurses? Assistants? Interns? All subordinate stuff?
-I wouldn’t use the word “helper” to refer to my teacher, or coach, or trainer… but it would be true, wouldn’t it?
-Any good teacher, coach or trainer is there to help you. To be your helper.
-Which explains why the same word is used for the Holy Spirit.
-The Spirit is there to be our ‘Ezer. Our help in time of need
-You might recognize the word from “Eben-ezer” which means “Stone of help”
-In fact, Genesis 2 is the only place where “helper” refers to women,
-and almost the only place it refers to humans at all. It’s almost always about God.
-If women are created, in part, to help men, it is most definitely not a subordinate role, but an equal one.
-In this case, “partner” is a very appropriate word. “I will make a partner suitable for him.”
3. CHASING THE CURSE (GENESIS 3)
-We have one more challenge in the creation story, and that comes in Genesis 3.
-When Adam and Eve eat the fruit, and fall into sin
-God gives each one of them a curse.
-Obviously both curses suck, because curses are supposed to suck.
-But if women seem to be more offended by their curse than men are.
-Men are cursed to work and toil and bust their butts to put food on the table.
-Women are cursed to suffer through childbearing, and always be drawn to a domineering husband
-This is what we call The FALL.
-Because God is omnipotent, and in charge of everything
-We tend to see everything in scripture as God’s idea, and his ideal.
-If it is that way, it’s because he wanted it to be. But it’s actually not true.
-What he did want is for us to have Free Will. He wanted us to be like his actual children.
-And a good Father doesn’t exercise absolute control over his children’s lives, at least once they’re of age.
-So that children will do bad things that the Father hates, or even good things the Father didn’t plan
-Because he gave them the strength and the ability to do both.
-When God said that there were consequences for eating from the tree, the consequences were real
-Essentially, it meant that the Enemy got to take control of the earth. He would get to set the terms.
-In the curse, God was not stating his desire, he was reporting the reality.
-“Hey Adam, this is what the enemy is going to make you do now.”
-“Hey Eve, this is how hard the enemy is going to make your life. Because he’s in charge now.”
-Of course, God never leaves the throne, but at the fall, the world got a new manager.
-And now they had to play by HIS RULES.
-So things for Adam and Eve, after the fall, are about as awful as they can get. Because Satan’s fully in charge.
-But their Father doesn’t lose a moment in chipping away at Satan’s armor
-And you can read, little by little, as God takes away a piece of the enemy’s kingdom.
-First by punishing Cain, then by walking with Enoch, then Noah, then with the judgment at the flood…
-At first, everything fits the stereotypes of the curse, but little by little the curse erodes away…
-So that each time a man exhibits God’s compassion instead of vengeance
-And each time a woman forms a plan and takes action, each time she gains respect instead of oppression
-As far God leads them both…
-We move away from the curse and into the blessing… a little closer to Eden
-We take a step away from Kingdom of this world, and take a step toward the Kingdom of God.
-And living life the way our Father created it to be lived.