And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl 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 a 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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:18-24).
Up until this point in the creation narrative, God had declared that everything was good. As a point of emphasis, He even declared it all very good. But now, the Creator has identified something that was not good. It was not good for man to be alone.
Have you ever considered why after having made this declaration, God then pauses long enough for Adam to name the birds and the beasts? Is it because while God knew it wasn’t good for him to be alone, Adam wasn’t aware of it yet? Imagine Adam naming the animals, “Okay, there’s one male elephant and one female elephant. Let’s see, I think you’ll be a tiger, so there’s one male tiger and one female tiger. Hey! You’re a funny looking critter, I think I’ll call you a monkey. So there’s one male monkey and one female monkey.”
How many animals do you think Adam named before he started to wonder, “how come there’s a male and female of everything but me?”
There’s no doubt it became obvious for we then read the words, “but for Adam there wasn’t found a helper fit for him.” So the Lord takes action, and from man God made woman. The Bible tells us that God then brought the woman to the man, the bone of his bones and the flesh of his flesh. Taken from his side, not his head nor his feet, so that she might walk beside him.
Regardless of what the world insists, God declared that marriage is between one man and one woman. Before there was an Israel and before there was a Church, our Creator God established the relationship of marriage. “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:6).”
There is something here of more significance than even the marriage itself. When we begin to mess with what God has ordained, we disrupt the greater meaning of marriage. As Paul shared how a husband and wife were to live with one another, where the husband loves his wife and the wife lives in submission to her husband, he reveals what marriage was supposed to be a picture of all along. Just as with much of the Scriptures, the husband and his wife are a picture of Jesus and His bride; His Church (Ephesians 5:32) .
Do we really want to allow that to be tampered with?
This important truth is on my mind because one of our fellow writers here at ChristianBlessings recently offered a very biblically sound post stressing God’s rightful institution of marriage at his personal site. He received many attacks and of those many, there were some who professed to be Christians. I’m very aware that we can’t change the mind and heart of the world, only God can do that. We must however insist that those who name the name of Jesus understand that by soiling the understanding of marriage as God prescribed it, we mar the very wonder of the relationship we claim to have with our Lord.