NOTE: As a part of today's message, Moses Scofield shares his story.
One of my favorite stories from the book of Genesis & one of the
best insights into what God thinks of our human need for connection is
found in Genesis 2. At that point, God was all but finished with His
creation. Genesis 1 reveals that God spoke & there was light. Light.
Heaven. Stars. Sky. Waters. Earth. Plants. Flowers. Trees. Creatures of
every sort: sea, land, & air. And finally, He formed man, Adam, out
of the clay of the ground, and breathed His own breath into his
nostrils. This man He created in His own image (a reflection of who God
is & what He’s like, that points to & gives glory to Him.) And
it was good.
And yet, even before sin, God noticed that there was something that was
NOT good. Every animal, bird, & living creature had a partner. A
companion to walk (or swim or fly) through life with them. Every living
creature except for Adam. And it was NOT good. So He fixed it.
God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep, & made a woman, Eve. Adam
recognized that something which had been missing, something that was
fundamental to the human experience (& to reflect God’s glory,) had
Now, to me, this isn’t merely a story about marriage or the relationship
between men & women. Throughout the scriptures, we see that we are
created to be in significant, meaningful relationships, & that one
of the results of the fall of humanity into sin was broken
Jesus came to bring humanity life in all of its fullness, & as a
local church family, Hillside is committed to nurturing an environment
where significant connected relationships can develop, grow &
mature, so that we are able to reflect God’s glory & to show that He
exists by how we love one another.