Hi, this is pastor Ken and this is my Monday Marriage Message…A Job Well Done
Genesis 2:7,21-25 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being… And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to 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, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis chapter one, which we have touched on for the past several weeks, gives us the summation of the creation week. Chapter two tells us about the plan for a day of rest to be spent with the human beings He had created as I spoke of last week. That second chapter goes on to expound on some of the additional details of the events of the sixth day when God created the beasts of the field and mankind. Verse 7 tells us about the creation of Adam, how he was formed from the dust of the earth. Interestingly, Adam was created from God’s previous creation. This biblical truth is a known scientific fact today, though it was written about in the Old Testament scriptures millennia before we possessed the capability to measure the authenticity of it. According to Wikipedia; Almost 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. According to the same source; Soil organic matter which God used to form Adam is composed chiefly of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and smaller quantities of sulfur and other elements. Though not vital to our conversation here, an interesting fact as to the accuracy of God’s word nonetheless. God then took this man He had formed from the soil and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living being. Further in verses 21 and 22 we read how Eve was created. Adam was put under anesthesia, God took from him a rib, which He used to create Eve. When Adam came out of surgery, upon His first view of Eve he made the following declaration. “She is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” In other words, she was made from me, so we are…one in the same…one flesh.
This declaration is further elaborated on for us as Moses (the Holy Spirit’s scribe for the book of Genesis) wrote the following; Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Marriage is the mysterious, (Ephesians 5:32) or might we more accurately say, the miraculous re-creation between a man and a woman of the oneness that Adam and Eve shared from their beginning. That oneness is reserved for marriage. Though Adam and Eve did not have a wedding because they were created one flesh, we know they were considered by God to be married because His word referred to Eve as Adam’s wife in verse 25.
So comes a great truth: the task of creating an entity that would be reflective of the image and likeness of God became possible when He created mankind. The creation of mankind was not complete until there was a man and a woman (Genesis 1:27) who were one flesh.
The task of creating us in the image and likeness of God is complete when He joins a man and a woman and they become one flesh.
I am not saying that an unmarried individual cannot have attributes and characteristics that are reflective of God. What I am saying is that when God takes a man and a woman and joins them in marriage miraculously making them one flesh, that one flesh has an exponentially greater capacity to be reflective of the image and likeness of God.
Questions to Answer:
- With what level of assuredness do you see yourselves as one flesh?
- What does it mean to you that Jesus says you are one flesh?
- How have your thoughts on this been altered or augmented since you started listening to this podcast?
- Are social media and electronic devices creating any obstacles for the oneness in your marriage?
Actions to Take:
- Discuss what you think your marriage would look like if you focused as a couple on always protecting the oneness God has created of the two of you.
- Pray that God would remind you of ways to protect the oneness and ask the Holy Spirit to put a check in your spirits about anything you need to remove from your lives that hurts your oneness.
So now, determining to walk in the oneness God has gifted you in your marriage with, and to never stop learning how to foster it…Go Be Awesome!