God Emphasizes Marriage
Each time God has done something extraordinary regarding the existence of humanity, He has emphasized marriage. That fact points to how vital marriage is to God’s plan. Marriage is an intricate and significant element of the model of life and living for mankind. Of course, marriage is not for everyone. But it is a foundational institution that God has established.
The bible records the first time God did something extreme regarding humans: He created us!
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
God took something that was already in man and made a complement. When God brought Eve to Adam she was not foreign to him even though he had never seen her before. God took what was already in man, a rib, a part of him that provided support, strength and flexibility. Then God added more of what would complement or enhance the man’s existence and life. There is no biblical record of Eve’s reaction upon seeing Adam for the first time. But it is clear from Adam’s response that he felt an undeniable relationship with her.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Genesis 2:23 is what Adam said. The recorder of Genesis, Moses, was inspired by God to add what is commonly labeled Genesis 2:24. Verse 24 directs one’s focus toward the marriage relationship having priority over every other human-to-human relationship. The preeminence of a child-to-parent loyalty shifts when young people marry. Family is important and God doesn’t advocate severing parental ties. But a spouse is to devote the majority of their energies into nurturing the marital union.
When Adam saw his wife, he immediately recognized their blended but separate features. He was keenly aware that Eve was like him but also very different from him. She was the satisfaction that he yearned for but couldn’t explain. When God brought her to him, all the uneasiness in his mind, body and spirit were consoled. Her presence answered the questions he felt but didn’t know how to ask. Adam was settled, comforted and delighted by the sight and companionship of his wife.
The first human-to-human relationship that God created was husband and wife. Biblical students know that the first of anything mentioned in the bible is significant. God could have started mankind in any manner He chose. But He chose to do it through marriage: one man and one woman committed to God and each other for a lifetime.
God has not changed His mind about the marital union. It is as important to humanity today as it was when God first introduced it.
The next post will look at the second paramount event concerning humanity and how marriage is major in God’s unfolding plan.
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