Genesis 2:18-26 (ESV)
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
When Adam first sees Eve, he says, “At last!” That’s a Hebrew idiom for, “Now we’re talkin’!”
Just kidding. Adam is obviously pleased, but the lesson here is like some other recent lessons. God could have made Eve any way He wanted, but He made her this way – and told us about it – to make a point.
The point is, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This really jumps out because Adam doesn’t have a father and mother. The whole concept of childbirth and parenthood hasn’t even been introduced yet.
But God tells us that He made woman this way “therefore” marriage is a biological union.
A married couple is one person. Many laws are based on this concept.
Let’s recruit some troops in our battle against our signature sin. One thing all Christians need is accountability. Do you have someone who knows what sin you’re working on, and who can give you feedback on how you’re doing? If not, you lack an essential element to spiritual growth.
This is tricky stuff. You have to find someone who won’t say, “You don’t have a problem with that.” We’re so good at hiding our sin, that even our closest friends may not be all that close.
So, developing this kind of deep friendship can be quite a challenge. Good; that makes it an ideal prayer request. Typical modern American friendships aren’t going to cut it here; you need real koinonia. Ask for God to lead you to the right accountability partner.
Note: today’s reading hints at one answer – the spouse God gave you. The experts say that the ideal accountability partner is someone else, and not of the opposite sex. That makes sense; you’ll say different things to a friend than you’ll say to your spouse.
Still, that’s not required – especially at first.
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