"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

February 12, 2017

“…they become one flesh…”
GENESIS 2:24

“I do.” Made you think of the marriage vows, didn’t it? When those two words are said in the context of a wedding ceremony, it is a profound and holy moment, as God listens in.

Mike Mason, in his book The Mystery of Marriage, says that during his yearlong engagement, his journaled thoughts became the basis of the book. As unique as that may sound, there was one other twist to the writing process.

“During this year of pre-marriage I also happened to be a new Christian. In fact, I was writing about my love affair with Jesus. I was writing my prayer life. My love for God got all mixed up with my love for Karen. It began to seem all the same to me, which indeed it is.”

“If we truly have the love of God, we will find that it spills over to everyone around us. First to those closest to us, and then out and out like ripples in a pond. We will find that marriage is a perfect metaphor for the love of God, and that the same is true of parenting, friendship, the church, nature, or anything else in life.”

“This is the way God planned it, that everything in our lives should perfectly reflect His love, so that His glory covers the earth. Everything we experienced is a door into Paradise.”

How helpful to think of marriage in this way! It spills over into all of life.

This coming Sunday we get a glimpse into the heart of God, and his plan for man and women together. Jackson Randall will help us think about this most wondrous and besieged institution. Pray that God will prepare our hearts to hear and act accordingly. May marriages be strengthened and confirmed, and among our singles may potential marriages get jumpstarted! Who knows what awesome things God wants to do as we wait on him?!

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
   and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
   for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. GENESIS 2:18-25

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