God Himself arranged the first marriage!


Test 10A : The One Flesh Test

How is your faithfulness on a scale of 1 to 10?
Can you really open up to your partner and allow yourself to be truly known?
Or do you keep relevant things secret?

Genesis 2 :
18. And the Lord God said, "It isn't good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs."
19. So the Lord God formed from the soil every kind of animal and bird, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever he called them, that was their name. But still there was no proper helper for the man.
21. Then the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he had removed it,
22. and made the rib into a woman, and brought her to the man.
23. "This is it!" Adam exclaimed. "She is part of my own bone and flesh! Her name is 'woman' because she was taken out of a man."
24. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife in such a way that the two become one person.
25. Now although the man and his wife were both naked, neither of them was embarrassed or ashamed.
The Living Bible

Genesis 1 : 27 tells us that mankind was created male and female.
When God brought Eve to Adam, God Himself performed the first wedding ceremony.

It is interesting to note what God says about the marriage in Genesis 2 :
18. And the Lord God said, "It isn't good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs."
God did not have in mind for Adam to have multiple companions and multiple helpers. Just a single one.
The same is true for Eve. She just needed a single husband. Multiples are the idea of human beings. It's not God's perfect plan.

After the wedding Adam and Eve became joined. That is to say, the bond between them was stronger than it would be with anyone else in their lives. In marriage, one way in which that deep bond is expressed is by the act that God meant only for marriage: sex.

Therefore the first way in which two people become 'one flesh' is through the sex act. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul says that sex makes two people 'one'.

I Corinthians 6 :
15. Don't you realize that your bodies are actually parts and members of Christ? So should I take part of Christ and join him to a prostitute?
Never!
16. And don't you know that if a man joins himself to a prostitute she becomes a part of him and he becomes a part of her? For God tells us in the Scripture that in his sight the two become one person.
17. But if you give yourself to the Lord, you and Christ are joined together as one person.
18. That is why I say to run from sex sin. No other sin affects the body as this one does. When you sin this sin it is against your own body.
19. Haven't you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you.
20. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it.   The Living Bible

Remember:
True Love means
always acting with the highest good of the
other person in mind.


Next installment tomorrow, God willing!
See you then, and meanwhile,
Have a great day walking with Jesus,
Sol Wise.

First Marriage

Genesis 2:
4 This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the LORD God first made the earth and the sky,
5 there were still no plants on the earth. Nothing was growing in the fields because the LORD God had not yet made it rain on the land. And there was no person to care for the ground . . .
7 Then the LORD God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nose, and the man became a living person.
8 Then the LORD God planted a garden in the east, in a place called Eden, and put the man he had formed into it.
9 The LORD God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground . . .
10 A river flowed through Eden and watered the garden . . .
18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him." . . .
21 So the LORD God caused the man to sleep very deeply, and while he was asleep, God removed one of the man's ribs.
Then God closed up the man's skin at the place where he took the rib.
22 The LORD God used the rib from the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man.
23 And the man said, "Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body.
I will call her 'woman,' because she was taken out of man."
24 So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one body.
25 The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed.
(New Century Bible)

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