Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:18, 24
A Marriage Made in Heaven
I have the honor and privilege to officiate at three weddings over the span of five weeks. These are the only three weddings I have – as a pastor – this year.
And I’m trying to make the most of them!
I also celebrated my own wedding anniversary. 27 years ago, Nancy and I were married in a beautiful ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri.
A couple of weeks ago, we were surrounded by many of our same family and friends to renew our vows to God and each other.
That got me to thinking about how each Christian marriage is actually made in heaven!
God has a plan for everyone and for the vast majority of those he also has a mate in mind!
Marriage Made in the Garden
God made marriage in the Garden of Eden.
First, God created Adam. Then, God made sure that Adam knew that without his mate, he was incomplete, that it wasn’t “good.”
When God had Adam’s attention, he created his mate.
But note how God did not do it:
He did not take bone out of Adam’s foot to make his mate – so that the man could walk all over the woman.
Nor did take a bone out of Adam’s head to make his mate – so that the woman would be the leader – the head – over the man.
He took a rib out of Adam’s side to make his mate – so that the husband and wife would walk through life side by side together and as partners in marriage.
The Final Words of Marriage
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
This phrase – word for word – is repeated three more times in the Bible – in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Gospel of Mark by Jesus Christ, and in the Letter to the Ephesians by Saint Paul.
When something is repeated, it must be important and certainly catches our attention.
A Christian marriage will also catch people’s attention – because it will reflect the very definition of “love.”
Love is “one person.” As in, he holds “fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” No one is better or beneath the other, husband and wife are partners in life together.
Marriage is Unique in Today’s World
This is unique in today’s world. Because our world today wants to define marriage on its own terms.
But when a couple chooses the passage from Genesis to be read as their weddings, they chose to start their marriage on God’s terms.
Those terms are that God created man and woman, male and female. That he made the man from the dust of the earth and the woman from the rib taken from the man’s side. God breathed into them the breath of life. He then brought them together and declared, “That’s why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person.” (v 24 CEV).
Christian Marriage a Reflection
God’s definition of marriage, of two becoming one, is described by the Holy Spirit as referring to Christ and the Church.
A Christian marriage, therefore, reflects that man is not meant to be alone. It will also be a picture of God himself, the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—Three in One.
Christian marriage will be a reflection of the relationship Christ wants with all people. So much so, that he died on a cross to remove that which destroys all relationships – sin!
A Christian marriage will reflect the true definition of love.
Heavenly Father, for creating marriage. I pray that all Christian marriages will reflect the love you have for all of us in Christ Jesus. In his name. Amen.
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