King James Version (KJV)
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
In this second week of February, one can’t help but think of the upcoming
Valentine’s Day. We love to celebrate this special day, honoring the one we love. It is a day we pay just a little more attention to each of those we love in our lives.
This passage in Genesis kept coming to my mind this week. It is obviously an important one. It’s probably even more important than we often realize, for it shows God’s intentions for mankind.
First, let’s follow the standard advice for Bible study and look at the word
“therefore”. You know the old rule, “When one sees the word therefore, one should look to see what the word is there for.” So, we look at the verse
prior, verse 23:
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
God created woman for man, so that he would not be alone and so that he might have a "help meet" - Genesis 2:18.
Man is to leave his father and mother to care for the one God created for him. Marriage is one of the first institutions God created for mankind showing just how important it is to our Creator. It is not to be taken lightly. It is what is best for man. It is also an analogy of Christ’s love for His
God has instructed the union to be one that is separate from parents. This independence from the childhood home, allows for dependence on one another, creating a stronger union. As well, this keeps well-meaning interference at bay.
In verse 23, we see Adam was the one that named woman. This shows the authority and the leadership that God allowed and intended for man.
Obviously, He created man to be the head of the family. Clearly then, He would have created man with the qualities and attributes that are best suited for that position.
If you are the head of your household, take these words to heart and lead as God intended for you to lead. If you are a wife loved and adored by the man God has given for you, know that you are contributing to the success of your family. God equips both man and woman with unique attributes to fulfill the role He has for each. But living and honoring God should be the end result of both husband and wife, and ones marriage should be a tangible symbol of God’s love for us.
Ephesians 5: 28-33
1 Corinthians 11: 8-9