The attack on biblical marriage is nothing new. It has been going on since the beginning of time. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl 1:9). What it all comes down to is the age-old debate, “Indeed, has God really said….?” ~Gen 3:1~ . Our enemy is more crafty than any beast, but his ways have not changed. His work will always be to discredit the Word of the Lord, set confusion among Christ’s people and have them living in sin so that he may accuse them before the Lord, thus attempting to steal God’s glory.
So the question is: Do you believe what God has said about marriage? I am going to start in Genesis and see where the Lord takes me.
Adam and Eve are our first picture of marriage:
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him. ~Gen 2:18~
John MacArthur says: When God saw His creation as very good (1:31), He viewed it as being to that point the perfect outcome to His creative plan. However, in observing man’s state as not good, He was commenting on his incompleteness before the end of the sixth day because women, Adam’s counterpart, had not been created. The word’s of this verse emphasize man’s need for a companion, a helper, and an equal. He was incomplete without someone to complement him in fulfilling the task of filling, multiplying, and taking dominion over the earth. This points to Adam’s inadequacy, not Eve’s insufficiency (cf. 1 Cor. 11:9). Women was made by God to meet man’s deficiency.
This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. ~Gen 2:23~
Why didn’t God make Eve from the dust of the ground like He did Adam? The man (ish) named her woman (isha) because she had her source from him:
For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man, for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake but woman for the man’s sake. ~1 Cor 11:8-9~
Did God really just say woman was made for the man’s sake?
This shows women’s submission (which I will go into more detail in the future), Eve was to make up what was lacking in Adam.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. ~Gen. 2:24~
Marriage was the first human institution established. God obviously had a plan for marriage that goes beyond Adam and Eve we see this in: a man shall leave his father and his mother, Adam and Eve were the first man and woman thus they didn’t have a father and mother. So God was obviously speaking of future marriages.
The word joined is welded, unbreakable.
One flesh speaks of complete unity, making a whole. This also implies their sexual completeness. John MacArthur also notes: “One man and one woman constitute the pair to reproduce. The “one flesh” is primarily seen in the child born of that union, the perfect result of the union of two.”
In summary, we have seen that from the beginning God has made marriage between a man and a woman as the first institution to display HIS glory, HIS creation, HIS plan, HIS purpose, for our good! To complete what man is lacking, for pleasure and for reproduction but most importantly to be a picture of the gospel to a dying world.