The Beginning of Marriage (5 of 9) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Beginning of Marriage (5 of 9)
Series: The Beginning
Jonathan McLeod
Genesis 2:18-25

Then the LORD God said, ''It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him'' (v. 18).


In Genesis 2, we discover how marriage began.

[Read Gen. 2:18-25.]


It could be said that Genesis 2:18-25 describes the first wedding ceremony (''[God] brought [the woman] to the man,'' v. 22).

One of the mistakes that some couples make is that they spend so much time planning their wed-ding and not enough time planning their marriage. (In 2013, the average cost of a wedding in Canada was over $30,000.)

There may be such a thing as a perfect wedding, but there are no perfect marriages. Only in fairy tales do the bride and groom ''live happily ever after.''

Marriage is not easy. In confusion, people ask, ''What is marriage is supposed to be?'' (Marriage is being redefined.) In frustration, people ask, ''How is it possible to have a successful marriage?'' (Those of us who are married know how difficult marriage can be.)

Because God CREATED marriage, we must UNDERSTAND and FOLLOW his design for marriage.


What is marriage supposed to be? The Trinity helps us understand what marriage is supposed to be. (In Genesis 1:26, God says, ''Let us [the Trinity?] make man in our image, after our like-ness.'' Marriage allows us to resemble our triune God.)

Like the Father, Son, and Spirit, husbands and wives are RELATIONAL BEINGS.
''It [was] not good that the man should be alone'' (2:18; cf. 1:31). When God brought the woman to the man, Adam was filled with joy: ''This at least is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh'' (2:23).

Like the Father, Son, and Spirit, husbands and wives are EQUALS.
Both ''male and female'' were created in God's image (1:27). That God made the woman by using a rib from Adam's side, not a part from his foot (inferiority) or head (superior ...

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