Broken Together: I Take You
Pastor Dan’s first sermon, “I Take You” in the Broken Together series is available to watch or listen to right here!
We started a new series on marriage this week! For the next little while, we’ll be looking at different marriages in the Bible and learning what God has to teach us about relationships and how we can best love one another as broken people who have been saved by grace.
Pastor Dan mentioned three marriage books on Sunday, and I wanted to make sure I reminded you of them. These are all by great authors and could be really useful reading for your marriage!
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller.
You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan.
I loved getting into Genesis 2 on Sunday. I’ve always felt that Genesis 2 is a special chapter in the Scripture — it’s this intimate look into the lives of the first two people, and it shows God’s closeness to them as He creates Eve for Adam, to be his perfect partner. Pastor Dan pointed out that the word “helper” used in the Bible is the Hebrew word “ezer.” When this word is used in the Bible it is most often used of God Himself. We see it in Psalm 33:20: “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” It’s also in Psalm 70:5: “But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.”
God created Adam and Eve to be a good match, an awesome partnership. They would help one another, be strong where the other is not. As Pastor Dan reminded us, in this relationship we see friends who are lovers doing life together.
I loved the thought of going back to the beginning to see God’s thoughts on marriage. When we look at Genesis 2, we see a really special picture of the covenant of marriage that God created. He was deeply involved and it was perfect. After sin enters the world, we get all kinds of distortion of this — brokenness, mistreatment, pain, anger, abuse. But when we look at the beginning we see how it was meant to be, and it is beautiful.
What stood out to you most in this week’s sermon?