God’s Reasons & Description of Marriage #1
Marriage is a sacred institution designed by God, who gave us His reasons and descriptions for a wonderful marriage. Understanding His reasons and descriptions are important foundations for a godly fantastic marriage. Some people today have differing views on marriage, but those don’t change what God says about it in His Word, which we will look at in a series of posts.
This is the first one:
God designed marriage as a special relationship to benefit and enhance each spouse, and intends it to be between one man and one woman. Here are reasons I think He does. (Review these Genesis 2:18, Genesis 2:24 (before the fall), Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:30-33)
- God is relationship oriented. Genesis 1:26-28 says “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” The Trinity is the “Us” and the “Our” here. Notice there is a relationship there, which is equal standing, physically different, different roles, one God.
- The passage continues: “God created male and female…and God blessed them” to have a relationship with each other, which is equal standing, physically different, different roles, one flesh.
- God created drama in Genesis 2:18 to prove His point to the man that it’s not good to be alone. So He made a helper comparable to him.
- God created marriage in Genesis 2:24 and explains there what it is. A man and a woman who are physically different, and incomplete alone (by God’s design), leave their parents and come together to form a new oneness (described as one flesh) complimentary and complete.
- People were never intended to be alone. For some it’s okay 1 Corinthians 7:7-8, but for the majority of people, marriage solves their problem of loneliness, it is a means of helping each other, it is an image of God in us, and a reflection of Him, like a mirror.
- The marriage relationship is not a substitute for God, but the opposite. Marriage is the expressions of the perfect love and relationship we find in God.
Next post will describe how each spouse helps the other.
Which plan do you want, A or B?
A) When a couple, in the midst of their personal shortcomings, quirks, problems, failures, past, sufferings, trials and tragedies, or age follows god’s blueprint for marriage, great joy, satisfaction, love, help, stability, and spiritual growth is experienced.
B) When either, or both do not follow God’s blueprint for marriage, usually tremendous pain, anger, sorrow, chaos, instability, frustration, bitterness, sadness, and destruction ensues.