Marriage…Genesis 2 pt 5

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.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.(Genesis 2:23-25)

There is a wedding at very near the beginning of the Bible, and a wedding at the end of it.The union of man and wife is the fundamental human relationship. Before any other relationship, father/son, Brother/brother, or brother/sister,  friend/friend, employer/employee, the fundamental and primal relationship is husband wife.

This first wedding is of prophetic significance, because the original groom, who had a scar in his side,from which his wife was taken out of, foreshadows the ultimate bridegroom, Jesus, out of whose side blood and water poured forth when they pierced him, whilst he was paying the price for his bridal church, (which he purchased from sin with his own blood).

Adam’s spiritual eyes, at this point undimmed by sin, could dimly see that final wedding, that every marriage between man and woman points to in some fashion. He prophesied on that first wedding day, of fathers and mothers,(something he had not yet had any experience of), and of the Divinely wrought unity of marriage, that God makes a new person of the two persons,  truly “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”.

Centuries later the apostle Paul would reveal to us by Divine revelation, something of what Adam had been given a glimpse of on that hopeful day,

 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.(Ephesians 5:31-32)

The mystery of marriage is that it is in itself a sign that points to a greater reality, the love of the Messiah for his church. The Word that God used when he says that he formed the woman out of Adam’s side, is the same word tat is used to describe Cain building a city. We will see in chapter 4 hat in rebellion against God, Cain built a city of rebellion, Enoch, (means “Inauguration”), a “New Start” without God, for all of those who wish to leave the presence of the Lord and to make their own life on their own terms.

But God has built a bride for Adam, and he has been building a bridal city for the Messiah, the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, which is a ‘bridal city’ of God,

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;(Revelation 21:9-11)

“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it…” Matthew 16

Marriage is ordained by God himself, it is not man’s invention. Those who sin against marriage, will give full account to God. To destroy a marriage is a deep, grievous sin, which God will require of all involved, for as the apostle who wrote Hebrews reveals,

“Marriage is to be honored by all and whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge.” (Hebrews 13)

The author of marriage is the unseen witness at every wedding, taking special note of the vows spoken in his presence. He is ever willing to give any couple the power to keep those vows, yet he will judge us on the basis of those vows.

What is marriage? The real bridegroom defined it for us , when the Pharisees, who held a low view of marriage questioned him about the permissibility of divorce “for any reason”. They cited a liberal interpretation of Moses’ law of divorce, but Jesus would have none of that, instead taking them back “to the beginning”,

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.(Matthew 19:3-6)

Marriage is God taking two people and making of them “one flesh” one new person, with each retaining their individuality. Divorce is “putting them asunder”, tearing them apart, which involves more than the tearing up of a piece of paper. It is literally the ripping apart of two joined together. This is why those who destroy marriage will answer to God in judgment.

“Leave your father and mother”, in other words all other relationships pale in comparison, even the closest ones(Father and Mother). Spiritually one must ‘leave their parents’ in order to be able to truly cleave to( cling, chase, adapt, adhere to) one’s spouse.

The current assault on marriage, is nothing less than Satanic. It is because marriage is one of those Divine institutions that is above all of us, ie it is sacred, that the Sodomites are compelled to seek to pull it down and profane it(“Gay marriage”), wiping their feet on it, to assure that there is nothing above them. But the God of marriage is taking names and making notes of the sacrilege.

 

 

 

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One Response to Marriage…Genesis 2 pt 5

  1. Zaza says:

    Amen….there is no pain like that of discovering infidelity

    And when a spouse is so hardened only God can arrange such things as to cause them to truly repent

    A spouse who does not love God does not know how to love

    Using others outside of marriage is not love for it steals from all…..from the person they cheat with

    My husband had a 14 year adultery arrangement with a woman who did not want a husband ….but eventually wanted to become a single mom by choice….even researched how it was possible

    Their secret life of death cost all who remained faithful and clueless everything
    Today my husband will not talk to me or even see me

    He solicited approval and acceptance of his choices from his children who were trained up in the faith and homeschooled….all the while he was living a dual life!

    Today he is courting yet another woman…stealing the lives of any woman who believes he is “divorced”…which we are not

    He says he hates the woman he fathered children with

    Selfishness knows no bounds when sin is served

    Financial ruin now in our retirement years as he pays rent on a separate place….bought a giant doc and dates

    He sends the children of adultery to private school while he pays only minimum expenses for me and our children who are adults but have been “stunted” in making relationships on our new area

    Far reaching consequences have touched so many beyond the first two who made a decision with eyes wide open to make this sinful circumstance

    When asked how he thought it would not effect us I stated that if he felt that way why did he keep it secret?!

    Living pay check to pay check now all retirement spent to support them…himself and I am not employable having left my own career to remain at home with our children which I do not regret but am most grateful to have done so

    He is lost and miserable …a prisoner of his deliberate and determined decision to seek the approval of others

    He began by entering a corporation which is most ardently all about the “love of money” and audibly refused to continue to study and renew his mind to the word we once were both dedicated to serving God

    When asked by his friends and co workers about “what’s with your wife and Jesus ?”
    He through me under the bus and denied the Lord and linked himself with the attitude of unbelievers ….separating himself from both me and God saying that it was “my thing”

    Articulate and highly educated….smooth and admired by all as a caring and fairminded boss he was everything others could want in a friend and allie but was nothing more than a self protecting stranger to his wife

    I have come to the conclusion that nothing I did was the “problem” as he would never share what was the “problem”…with the exception of my faith walk which involved study of the Word and sharing with others in a reasonable manner when in normal conversation

    It is the spirit of the Lord and His Word which divides

    Choosing Jesus is the right thing to do and to walk circumspectly ….obeying from the heart that sound doctrine

    My husband’s disloyalty and disobedience to what he once slide for the sake of looking good in the sight of unbelievers has cost him everything

    The working of society to press children of divorce to accept “blended family” as normal has also developed into expectations of generations to accept divorce or adultery and its resulting “families” and thus rendering anyone with unbridled lust to believe that anything they want they can do

    “Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD” should be taught as it once was

    Anarchy is loosed upon us!

    Lord come quickly and in your mercy awaken the sinners to their necessity to hear and take to heart the offering of deliverance from our generous and merciful Lord

    Also grant me wisdom ongoing ….as many women and even men suffer loss due to this plague of insane infidelity that touches so many homes today

    Thank you Bill for your astute articles on this most grievous subject…God Bless the faithful !

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