This Sunday (4/15/18) brother Sean continues our Out of Nothing series in Genesis by expounding Genesis 2:18-23.
Brother Sean begins by asking if we’ve ever had a circumstance that wasn’t quite right. The shocking thing about Genesis 2:18 is the declaration from God that it is not good for man to be alone. The solution to this problem is also a bit shocking.
God brings many animals to Adam in order to find him a suitable helper. However, no animal found can cure the not good status of Adam’s relationships. We find that animals make good companions but they are not our neighbors.
Thus we understand Genesis 2 putting forward a new law. Genesis 1 teaches us the foundation of love the Lord our God. However, Genesis 2 places the foundation of love your neighbor.
We see this second law at work in Genesis 2:23. Not only are we to love our neighbor, but we are to consider our neighbor as “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” Therefore, we do not only love our neighbor, but we love our neighbor as our self. We are not to fear, disown, criticize, or slander one another person in humanity.
Loving your neighbor isn’t about doing something altruistic once and awhile; it isn’t about acting kindly out of personal remorse for past action; loving your neighbor is a lifestyle of sacrificing your own good for the good of others – loving others as yourself.