PART 1 – This video is the first in a six-part series presenting the incredible state of marriage as described in the book of Genesis from the time of Adam and Eve, up to Abraham and Sarah. Quite shocking or jolting, yet the findings are based on Scripture, the Church’s teaching and the writings of the early Church Fathers.
PART 2 – In this, the second segment in our series on ‘Marriage in the Early Chapters of Genesis’, we will ask the question: “What does it mean when we are told that the first man (Adam) was created in the “image” and “likeness” of God?” It will be proposed that just as God is One and yet a Trinity of Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), so the first man (Adam), created in his image and likeness, was also called in – some mysterious manner – to be one and yet three. But in the Garden of Eden there were only two persons – Adam and Eve.
Part 3 – In this, the third segment in our series on ‘Marriage in the Early Chapters of Genesis’, we will ask the question that is most frequently posed on the early chapters of Genesis: “Where does Cain’s wife come from? Did Cain marry one of his sisters?” It will be proposed that the author of Genesis wishes us to see that Cain’s wife was created for him in the same manner in which Eve was formed from the side of Adam and so, although Cain’s wife was his sister (the daughter of Adam and Eve), Cain did not marry or choose her for she was chosen for him by God.
PART 4 – In this, the fourth segment in our series on ‘Marriage in the Early Chapters of Genesis’, we will examine the important account of Lamech, his two wives Adah and Zillah, and his family, in chapter four of Genesis. Who are they and why is so much attention and significance devoted to them at such a vital time in salvation history? It will be proposed that – as a result of Lamech’s sin described in the text – the nuptial blessing which God had passed on (albeit in the ‘fallen state’) to Adam and Eve’s descendants (whereby the bride was formed from the side of her groom) ended for the line of Cain in the time of Lamech and would later, also, for the same reason, end in the chosen line of Seth when God brought about the Flood.
PART 5 – In this, the fifth segment in our series on ‘Marriage in the Early Chapters of Genesis’, we will examine the important genealogy in chapter five of Genesis which list the names of Adam’s descendants – through his son Seth – up to the time of Noah. We will note especially how the genealogy curiously repeats the phrase “and had other sons and daughters” when only a son had been mentioned before. It will be proposed that the author wishes us to see in this genealogy that the nuptial blessing of the Garden of Eden (where Eve was formed from the side of Adam) is still somewhat alive up to the time of the Flood in the chosen line of Seth.
PART 6 – In this, the sixth and final segment in our series on ‘Marriage in the Early Chapters of Genesis’, we will examine the curious manner and frequency in which the four couples are described on the Ark. Following the main point which has been repeatedly proposed throughout this series, (where the nuptial blessing of the Garden of Eden is passed on, albeit in the fallen state) it will be seen again that the wives of the four men on the boat are of one body with their husbands as they were also formed from their side. It was for this very reason that these marriages were saved on the Ark.