We said earlier that Genesis 1 is foundational. Perhaps it is better to say that Genesis chapters 1-3 are foundational. They are a critical part of the first major section of the OT. You can divide the OT up into 10 major sections, the first of which is Genesis 1-11, the Age of Beginnings.
Here are the themes of that section:
- The entrance of sin
- The spread of sin
D.A. Carson (For the Love of God, Vol. 1) develops 2 ideas regarding Genesis 2:
- The nakedness of Adam and Eve points to our initial innocence and openness, all of which we lost when man sinned (Genesis 3).
- More foundational thoughts, but this time on marriage. God created marriage with a goal of oneness – of total unity and intimacy. When a husband and wife are joined in marriage they become one body and soul. They are made (created) to live this way; woman was taken from man and when they are joined in marriage they return to this order.
- Thus, divorce is a terrible event, an unnatural separation that brings great pain at great cost.
- Sin undermines this blessed arrangement
- Jesus heals and restores our marriage, and yes, even the unnatural pain of divorce
- The cross restores innocence and frees us to be real again!