Commentary on "Love Stories"
Day 2: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - The First Romance
The author begins today's lesson with the following point:
We need to begin with the initial chapters of Genesis for the first romance in Scripture, that of Adam and Eve.
To state that Adam and Eve shared in a romantic experience is to read into the text information that is not there for us to see. Adam and Eve's relationship is more like a relationship wherein the parents determine that their child will one day be married to a particular child of another family. It's a pre-arranged marriage. Given that there were only two people to begin with, romance may have not been an initial factor in their relationship. It is speculative to state that they had romantic love.
Following this the author makes several good points. However, the comment about their nakedness is not Scriptural.
Finally, their nakedness also revealed the intense closeness and intimacy between this first couple.
The nakedness of Adam and Eve actually revealed their purity and freedom from sin. Later, when they hid from God and made coverings out of fig leaves, it was because they were ashamed – sin entered their lives and they were out of close fellowship with God. Nakedness has to do with their relationship to God and sin, not with the intimacy that they shared.
There is nothing in today's lesson that indicates that God shares a romantic love with mankind.
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