Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE FIRST MARRIAGE – I
“ And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the fowls of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. .” (Genesis 2:20-25)
Jesus taught that Genesis 2 contains God’s perfect plan for marriage and that this divine law is in effect today: ” Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Matthew 19:4-8.
What do we learn from this portion of the word of God? – that marriage is a divine institution, between man and a woman, and man has no right to change it! God Himself performed the first marriage ceremony when He brought the woman to the man and made them husband and wife. And that in this important matter called “marriage”; men and women should seek God’s perfect will for them. In other words, marriage should be made in heaven. God brings men and women together when they yield to Him.
A husband and a wife are to leave their parents and build a new home. “…Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh…..” Genesis 2:24. Now “to leave father and mother” does not mean to cease to love and to honor them or to cease to help them. Or to cease to listen to their counsel; but it means this; that the husband and the wife are not to give headship to the parents. Many marriages have been hurt by husbands and wives by allowing their parents to interfere in a controlling way. The head of the wife is the husband and not her parents or her husband’s parents. The husband is no longer under the headship of his parents and must not allow his parents to control or harm his marriage. It also means that the husband and wife must not allow the extended family to interfere with the marriage in a harmful way, such as by criticism or by exercising unholy influence on the children.
The purpose of marriage is three fold: companionship, children, and help.The wife is the husband’s “help meet” “And the LORD God said, it is not good for a man to be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18). This means a “suitable helper”. The woman was divinely prepared to be the man’s assistant. The man is the head of the home, and it is not the woman’s place to rule the man and lead the home. Eve erred greatly when she mad a decision that was not hers to make. The husband and the wife should be partners and best friends. They should help one another and complement one another rather than compete with one another. Instead of belittling one another and tearing down one another, the marriage partners should build one another, and bring out the best of one another. They are one body!!
The man and the woman are equal before God but different in their roles in this world. They are equal in that both are made in the image of God, and both have eternal spirits!! They are “ heirs together of the grace of life” (1st Peter 3:7) But they have a different purposes. The husband and the wife must give attention to his or her own responsibility before God and not try to change the other person. The husband,s business is to lead the home, and to provide for the home while treating his wife with love and patience.
He is the head but this headship has to be exercised in Christ- like kindness rather than severity! The woman is his wife and loving companion, not his slave. She is his own body, and how foolish it is for a man to mistreat his own body. If the husband will focus his attention on his responsibility before God, the wife will usually respond by being a better wife.
Now marriage also the foundation for God’s law of sexual morality and purity. It sanctifies and legitimizes the sexual relationship between the man and the woman “Marriage is honorable in all; and the bed is undefiled: but whore-mongers and adulterers God will judge.“(Hebrews 13:4). Outside of holy marriage, sexual relationships are sinful before God. Every attack on biblical marriage is an attack upon morality itself! Because God has designed marriage to be the foundation of morality in human society.
To be continued…………………………..
from the Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour!!
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
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