by Michael Gilbert
June 19, 2007
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife;
and they shall be one flesh”
(Gen. 2:24, KJ21)
This verse is simple, yet profound. It is simple enough for a child to understand, yet when mankind obeys it, whole societies are benefited. Let’s notice a few things about this passage…
First, pay attention to the “therefore”. In view of the fact that (1) God said, “It is not good that man should be alone…” (2) no animal was suitable to be a companion of man, and (3) God created woman for man, God designed marriage.
Second, God instructs us that marriage is not for children, rather, it is for those who are mature enough to “leave father and mother”.
In the third place, the husband must “cleave” to his wife. God desires strong love between husbands and wives. He even taught us to “…rejoice with the wife of thy youth…” (Prov. 5:18).
Next, the text refers to that “one flesh” relationship, which in turn produces children. Sex is a personal and intimate expression of married love, and it is God’s gift to married couples. Children resulting from this union are, by God’s wisdom and design, nurtured by both parents.
Curiously absent from this passage is any mention of “separation” or divorce. God later explained through Malachi that, “…the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that He hateth putting away…” (2:16), and Jesus instructed in Mark 10:9, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”.
Jesus taught us that the breaking of that “one flesh” relationship (i.e., fornication) is the only reason for a divorce and subsequent remarriage to another person. Any other arrangement is sinful.
Dear friend, God values your marriage, do you?