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.
God saw His creation and proclaimed, “It is good!” Except for one thing – seeing the man standing by himself, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Why? Because the essence of community is found in the Person of the Triune God, and Adam’s need for community could not be met in and of himself. Allen Ross says it this way, “The man was thus created in such a way that he needs the help of a partner. Or we may say that human beings cannot fulfill their destiny except in mutual assistance” (Creation and Blessing, Baker, 1996, p. 126).
Adam was formed out of the dust, but his partner was formed from the already created man. Today’s passage begins with Adam’s first words after he woke up to see his partner. When you read the passage, don’t miss Adam’s sheer excitement. He is beside himself!
Added to Adam’s statement of excitement is the foundational instruction for the relationship between a man and a woman in marriage. The man and woman are to leave the primary influence of their parents. They are to be united to each other in a life-long commitment. And they are to become one flesh. The one-flesh relationship involves physical oneness (exclusive intimacy), emotional oneness (exclusive feelings), spiritual oneness (a common love for God and desire to follow him) and oneness of mission (going the same direction at the same time for the same reasons).
Father, thank you for creating us in your image and passing to us the need for community. Thank you for providing that community in the intimate partnership of marriage. May our marriages be an example of what it looks like when a husband and wife are in love with you and each other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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