Sunday, July 7, 2013

Marriage: From God's View, Part 1: The First Wedding

Some people may think it is odd that a divorced woman would be writing about marriage from God's perspective, but I have learned much in the thirteen years I have been divorced.  To begin with, while I was raised in the church, I was not saved back then.  So, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come."  I received a rebirth in Christ, so it as though my prior life does not exist any longer.

For "Christians", and I want to emphasize I am only speaking to Christians, God has much to say about marriage.  For that reason, I am approaching this as a series.  We see the first marriage in Genesis 2.  God had formed Adam and placed him in charge of the Garden of Eden.   He brought him all the animals and whatever Adam called them, that was what they were.  But God saw there was a problem.  None of the animals was a "helper"  suitable for Adam.  So, God placed Adam in a deep sleep and took a rib from him to fashion Eve.  We don't know how long God let Adam sleep before presenting him with his wife Eve.  When God awakened Adam, Adam said, 

          "This one, at last, is bone
                of my bone,
            and flesh of my flesh;
            this one will be called woman,
            for she was taken from man."

This is why when a man and woman are joined in marriage they leave their fathers and mothers and bond together.  They become one flesh....symbolically and physically.  Eve was created to be a "helper" to Adam.  I may be bashed for this, but she completes him.  They are one flesh, and as one flesh, one should not be warring against the other lest he destroy himself.