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Prop: My prayer for each of us is after studying this passage; we will have a greater degree of thankfulness to God for our spouse and be more devoted to loving our spouse as a good gift from God. 

  I.             Man needs a companion and friend 2:18a

A.           Everything was good except for one thing.

                                 i.            In verse 18, the all knowing all perfect always correct God makes an observation and declaration. 

                               ii.            For man to be by himself is not good. 

                              iii.            So far everything God says is that it is good or very good. 

                             iv.            Here is the first times the Lord says anything is not good.  

B.           “Not good” is emphasized in the Hebrew as it is placed in the front of the verb.

                                 i.            Usually, in Hebrew the verb is first in the sentence. 

C.           Man has no friend, no companion and is alone. 2:18a 

D.           In the garden of delight man is by himself and God says it is not good. 

                                 i.            From the beginning, God created man to need a companion and special friend. 

                               ii.            Yes, man had a harmonious relationship with God. 

                              iii.            Yes man ruled over the animals and had a job in the garden. 

                             iv.            But in God’s design for man, was the need for one woman. 

E.      Two is better than one. 

                                 i.            The preacher in Ecclesiastes stated (Ec 4:9-11) “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?”

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