Does marriage matter? In our world, marriage has taken on a new look, a new approach. The tradition of marriage doesn’t matter anymore. The beauty that God designed it to be is far from people’s mind.
What about in the church? Does marriage still matter there? Has the church taken on the views of the world? Has the church decided that marriage is no longer as important as in past generations?
What does God say about marriage? Does it matter?
I have always found that the devil tries to destroy that what God esteems and the things that bring him the most glory. Over the past decade, there has been a war on marriage. The laws of the land have decided that they can change the definition of marriage. We can see marriage clearly defined in Genesis – the book of beginnings.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keepit. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree ofthe garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil lyou shall not eat, for in theday that you eat of it you shall surely die.”18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will makehim a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed everybeast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see whathe would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beastof the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD Godcaused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs andclosed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, andthey shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were notashamed. Genesis 2:15-25
Here, we see God institute marriage. God did not give marriage as a contract between two consenting adults for the purpose of living together and sharing bills. God instituted a covenant relationship between a man and a woman.
- Man was alone. The man God had mad was alone- and God created us for relationship. We were created for a relationship with God. The relational way he created us also meant we would need relationships with others. So, when God saw that the man was alone, and that wasn’t good – and all God does is good- he created a companion for him. This companion was more than just someone to share a home with.
- Man had a mission: God had given the man a mission – to keep the garden. The task needed a helper- and God saw fit to give Adam the helper he needed. Then, God gave man an even greater mission for him and his wife- to add worshipers to the world.
- Man had a picture to show the World: When the man and woman would become one flesh, they would represent the beautiful picture of Christ and the church. This was shown after the fall of man, but the picture of oneness that we see displayed throughout the new testament of Christ and the Church is beautiful, and marriage depicts it perfectly. There is also the picture of the trinity- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as we, in Christian marriage, become God indwelling in us, man and woman – all three in one.
Curious about intimacy?Yes, that matters to God too!
This is just the beginning of the reasons why marriage matters. Marriage was given to us by God. It was a gift. Let us not change the gift that the Lord saw fit to give us.
Worshiping With My Life,