Did you see this bizarre article last week about the woman in Seattle who "married" a building??? Is that ridiculous or what??
We live in a time when marriage has lost its sacredness and many people enter into it casually or even flippantly. There is little long-term commitment with roughly half of all marriages ending in divorce.
Our society in general is confused about the origin, meaning, and purpose of marriage. Most consider it a legal union between two consenting partners and few realize that marriage is actually a Covenant that is entered into before a holy God (hence the term "Holy Matrimony").
Marriage was not invented by man -- it was created by God, as a sacred institution. We see God's divine plan outlined in Genesis chapter 2:
And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.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. (Genesis 2:23-24)
Adam and Eve were not just any two individuals. As the first humans, God uses them as a pattern for all future marital relationships. We know this to be true, because when Jesus taught on the subject of divorce, He appealed to the creation account as the basis for his teaching. (See Matthew 19:3-6.) Therefore, from this account, we can confidently glean many truths about God's design for marriage. Obviously, the first marriage (and pattern for all future marriages) included one Adam and one Eve -- not two Adams or two Eves, and not one Adam and multiple Eves.
So, the starting point of understanding marriage is recognizing that it is the God-ordained union of one man and one woman for life. Any other variants are perversions of God's design.
Every Monday, I hope to explore some aspect of marriage here on my blog. I invite you to share your marriage-related blog posts, as well. Please link up with me by entering the URL of your specific blog post below, and make sure you grab my blog button and add it to your post! (Just copy the HTML code under my button and paste into your blog post.)
Next week I'll be talking about the Four Purposes of Marriage, so make sure to come back next week to read my post and share one of your own.
"As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage, He made one of two."
~ Thomas Adams