Meaning of marriage and why God created marriage
Genesis 2 vs 4-5
The Lord God forms the first family
In Genesis 1, the climax and crown is the creation of people in God’s image. Genesis 2 concentrates on people and gives us a more detailed picture. Genesis 1 is like looking at the whole of creation through a telescope. Genesis 2 looks at people through a microscope.
The Lord God makes man first (vs 7). Man is made up of ordinary things. Scientists tell us that the chemical elements which make up our body are of very little value. We are dust of the ground. Then the Lord God breathed into man and he became a living being. That is something different!
In verse 18, we find the first ‘not good’ in the Bible. It is not good for man to be alone. He has a relationship with God (e.g. vs 15-17) and with the animals and birds (vs 19-20) but not with any other person. Adam was created for relationship with someone made in God’s image like himself and God was not finished yet.
“The Lord God said ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him”(vs 18). This verse is followed by 7 verbs where God is the subject The Lord God formed…brought…caused the man to sleep…took…closed up…made a woman…brought her to the man (see verses 19-22).
When God sees something that is not good, He does not ignore it or turn away.
Families for Life
Our God takes action.
We see the Lord God here as the first .matchmaker in history. The story of Genesis 2 is a drama leading to that amazing moment when ‘the Lord God brought the woman to the man’. Imagine Adam’s feelings. He sees God coming toward him with
… “It’s a person like me! It’s a person not like me! Am I dreaming? Is this really happening to me? Well, it’s a wonderful dream! Let me go back to sleep and dream some more. No, it is real. She is real. Thank you, God. I am not alone anymore”.
When Adam is fully awake, he bursts into the first poem in scripture and expresses the profound reality of our being together in striking words. “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of
man (vs 23).
You might think you could make a more beautiful poem but this is amazing for the spur of the moment. It is interesting that from the first, before Valentine’s Day was invented, love expresses itself in poetry.
Source: ‘Families for life Bible Study notes and Sermon Outlines’ by David and Janet Cunningham. Family Impact. Read the full text at: http://www.familyimpact.org.za