We all know that ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’ are God’s wonderful creations. While creating man, God created his own image and likeness(vide Gen 1:26 Holy Bible NIV). After creating Man, Bible says that the Lord God said “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him (Gen 2:18)”.
Bible presents God’s account of creation of woman in verses 21 to 24 of Gen 2. “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 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.(23)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.”(24)For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh.
A careful reading of the foregoing account of creation of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ by God, reveals certain basic truths about the relationship intended by God between ‘man’ and ‘woman’.
1) Though ‘man’ and ‘woman’ were created separately, they are intended to ‘together’ form one unit(flesh) as stated in Gen 2 verse 24.Hence ‘marriage’ is God’s idea and is the basic brick for building ‘society’
2)’Man’ is responsible for the ‘woman’ as she is’ now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh’, Ver 2:23.So ‘man’ is the ’guard’ appointed by God for protecting ‘woman’. A Man in his various roles as a father, brother, a son and husband, protects ‘woman’ in all her roles as daughter, wife and sister.
3)’Woman’ is to be a’ helper suitable for man’ vide ver 2:18.So woman is functionally subordinate to ‘man’ like a ’captain’ and an officer
4)After marriage ‘Man’ shall leave his parents and’ they will become one flesh’(Gen 2:24).This stresses the importance of setting independent home after marriage and a contented ‘sex’ life away from parental control. Here let it be clear that ‘leaving parents’ does not mean abandoning parents or not taking care of parents in their old age. Exo 20:12 clearly states ‘Honour’ your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you’.
5) Man and woman form 1 single unit with 2 different complementary characters. Their roles are not meant to be ‘conflicting’ but ‘complementary ‘with each other.
6) Man and woman are designed to live together and cannot live independent of each other. In other words ‘man’ and’ woman’ form a ‘couple’ working together. Like a plug and socket, driver or a bolt and nut.
7) God being the common creator should always be the center of the relationship between ‘man’ and ‘woman’.
So are you ‘just married’ or are you a ‘couple’ as designed by Lord God?
By: Sundar A.S
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