Monday, August 22, 2005

Theology of Marriage

Important reminders from Genesis 1-2 about marriages:

A Theology of Marriage from Genesis 1:
Man and woman together make mankind. They created them, and it was very good. All mankind, male and female, are created in God’s image.

A Theology of Marriage from Genesis 2:
Man was created first and received instruction from God. There was closeness between the man and the Creator.

Man was initially alone, and it was not good. This is the first time that something about what God had done was seen as “not good.”

Man was made to realize his tremendous desire for companionship before God gave him the woman.

Woman was made from the man – the only created being to come from another created, breathing being.

Woman was a wife. God didn’t create a mother to care for Adam, nor a child for him to give care. This was a wife.

Woman was the completion of man – at her creations mankind was whole.

The man’s immediate response was to keep the woman. No comparisons. No complaints. She was his. He was hers. No questions.

Husband/Wife relationship was declared the most important of relationships. There were no fathers or mothers, but Moses commented “A man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife….”

Marriage is unique relationship. The two are “one flesh.”

Understood to be for all of life (Matthew 19:6)

That’s Life at Work!

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