Focal Passages: Genesis
1:26-28a; 2:7, 15-22
Most Americans in the 20th
and 21st century get married at some point in their adult lives.
Of couples getting married,
only one out of every five adults (22 percent) has never been married. Of those
who have been married, more than one out of three has been divorced at least
once with the divorced group having additional marriages and divorces.
With almost half of all marriages
that have been performed now ending in divorce, a biblical perspective needs to
be revisited in our society to understand what God intended for marriage and
how we can apply this to our lives and to the lives of others around us to have
the marriage that God intended for married couples to have.
Our Bible studies during the
month of May will be dealing with this special relationship of marriage.
Our scripture passages are
from the section of Genesis that deals with the creation account.
God has just finished His
creation of the heavens, earth, and life, and now He comes to His greatest
earthly creation — mankind. Mankind was bestowed the highest honor of being
created in the very image of God.
Because we are created in
the image of God, we have the privilege of being able to have fellowship with
God. He did not create us to be the same as Him, but we were created to be able
to enjoy a close relationship with God and to complement Him.
In Genesis 2:7, we see that
God was actively and personally involved in bringing about the creation of
Adam. Of all of creation, man takes in the very breath of God to become a
living soul. We would think that this is enough — man being in close fellowship
with God and that everything is just fine and dandy — but something was missing
from this equation.
Adam was alone, and God knew
this, so He was going to do something about it. This is probably one of the
best-known Old Testament passages when you ask children about the creation
account — Eve was created from the rib of Adam by God.
While this is true that God
did create Eve out of Adam, the Hebrew term used in this passage means more
than just “rib;” it means the side of Adam.
Now God has created Eve from
the side of Adam; she is not just made from a spare part, but she is Adam’s
companion, one who stands beside him, his helper, his spiritual equal, and one
who also has fellowship with God.
As we spend the month of May
studying the biblical basis for marriage and how it relates to us and others,
we should take note that the first marriage started out with a spiritual
relationship with God.