When God first created man and woman, he also established marriage and the family relationship on which every society is built through the ages. Genesis 2:18-25 provides the blueprint for a Biblical marriage relationship. It gives us clear guidelines to have fulfilling marriage relationships as God originally intended.
Appreciate the distinct roles and responsibilities of man and woman in a family
The first gift God gave man was the relationship with Himself. He created man with the ability and need to love someone. God is to be that first love and to fulfill the need.
The second gift to man was the creation of a woman. This was very different from the first gift, but just as precious for him. Why did God give man this second gift? How was it special?
This passage shows us the original intention and design of a marriage relationship before the fall in chapter 3.
In Genesis 1 and the first part of 2, God had said: "It is good." This is the first time God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone."
God created woman to be a suitable helper to man.
Genesis 1:27 tell us: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
Man and woman are created for different roles that are complimentary.
God created man first and to be a leader in the marriage and family relationship.
God declared that it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18)
Question 1: How does this passage address the issue of career wives and mothers?
Question 2: How should the husband exercise his leadership in the family?
Question 3: How does the wife compliment and help the husband in his responsibilities?
Table excerpted from "Guys Are From Mars, Girls Are From Venus" by Ray and Sue Bohlin. It should be noted that this is a secular chart as in contrast to a Christian chart.
Imagine Adam waking up and found another man next to him. Their lives would be very boring.-
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Will you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together according to God's commandments? Will you assume all of the responsibilities of headship over your home? Will you love her, respect her, provide for her, comfort her, honor and cherish her, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, and forsaking all other keep yourself for her alone so long as you both shall live?
"Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh."
"Cleave to his wife" - to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly.-
Ephesians 5:28 says:
Exclusivity in marriage relationship
Permanence of the marriage relationship - "They will become one flesh."
Man move from under parents' authority to under God directly His loyalty will be to his wife first.
Woman move from under parents' authority to under husband's leadership Her loyalty will be to her husband first.
Chain of command under parents changes to chain of counsel.
Marriage intimacy is a reflection of our relationship with Christ
o We are to be 'cleaved' and united to Christ as our groom.
After the fall, as man strays away from God"s blueprint for marriage, the manifestation of the corruption becomes apparent.
We can see certain deviant choices made by mankind when belief in God's Words diminishes.
Homosexuality: Against God"s principle of one man and one woman in a fulfilling relationship
Genesis Introduction: Introduction to Genesis | Outline and Genealogies | Genesis' Chronologies (5 & 11) | Unified Themes of Genesis