by Marvin D. Patterson

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God's Design for a Happy Marriage (2 of 3)
Series: Fortifying the Family
Marvin Patterson
Genesis 2:18-25


You don't go two chapters into the first book of the Bible until you come to the first marriage in history. There never has been and there never will be another marriage quite like it.

First of all, there were no in-laws to put up with. Eve could never run home to Mama if things got bad around the house. Adam never had to listen to Eve say, "You're not the only man I could have married." On the other hand, Eve never had to listen to Adam say, "Why can't you cook like my Mama used to?"

I heard about one husband who was complaining to his wife, and he said, "Why can't you cook biscuits like my Mama used to?" She said, "Why don't you bring home the dough like my Daddy used to?"

From the very beginning theirs was a marriage literally made in heaven. It is not coincidental that the institution of marriage and the first home are portrayed at the very beginning of the Bible. One woman was speaking about her husband and someone said, "Where did you meet him?" She said, "I met him at a travel agency. He was 'the last resort.'" Well marriage is not God's last resort. To the contrary, it was God's first institution.

We are in the second of a series of three messages in "How to Fortify the Family." Last week we looked at the importance of following the Word of God as a family unit, for the family that follows God will be blessed by God and His Word. This morning we will go back to the book of Beginnings, and investigate the purpose and plan that God had for a happy marriage when He instituted it in the Garden of Eden. We know from reading Genesis 1 that God created everything in the universe in six days, and rested on the Sabbath day. But when we get into chapter 2, we see that God created man out of the dust of the earth, but man was alone in the Garden, and he needed a companion to help him and love him. So that is whe ...

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