by Harley Howard

God's Design for Marriage
Dr. Harley Howard
Genesis 2:18, 20-24

Origin of Marriage:

Marriage was CREATED by God

The concept of the family as the basic social unit reaches back into the CREATION account found in Genesis 1-2. A man was to be the husband of one wife and was to leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.

Marriage was instituted by God when He declared,

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

God observed that it was not good for man to be alone, so He decided to make a helper that was fitting for Adam. Adam functioned as God's representative in the naming of all the animals. In that function, Adam had none of his own species. There is no indication whatsoever that Adam was not content or complaining about his state of solitude. The creation of a woman for Adam was because God saw that he needed a helper, a counterpart. It was God that saw the need for a man to have a woman, and it was God who decided to make one for him. God cared for Adam.

Genesis 2:20-24
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

So God fashioned woman and brought her to man. It is interesting to note here that God created woman specifically to be a helper for man.

Help meet means--someone who helps. So we can see clearly that her created function was ...

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