“It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” These are the words of God from Genesis 2:18.
I was recently presented with the opportunity to teach a lesson to our church youth ministry on the subject of marriage. I enjoyed the time to, once again, study the passages from the early chapters of the book of Genesis. Given all the garbage spewed at us from Hollywood and news media, it’s refreshing to dig into the Truth of the Scriptures.
God is the Creator of the world (Genesis 1:1) and therefore, also the creator of marriage as we find in Genesis 2. So to learn about marriage, we go back to the creator of it, as we would go to the inventor to understand the design, purpose and mechanism of a new invention.
As Adam was charged with the task of naming all of the animals, he found that there was not a suitable companion or helper for himself. God saw this as well and decided to make a helper fit for him. So, God created woman. God did not create multiple women. God did not create another man. God created one woman because one woman was a helper fit for this one man. Thus, God established the marriage as one man + one woman.
Regardless, of how the Supreme Court reinvents marriage, as Christians, we have an Authority higher than the Supreme Court. We answer to God. The Supreme Court’s decision in the redefinition of marriage “is an act of will, not a legal judgment” as pointed out by Chief Justice Roberts. It was a decision to push forward an agenda, not a decision that was seriously considered against the laws of the Constitution.
Jesus even said “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” As Albert Mohler stated “or human court” [tear asunder]. (Matthew 19:6) Therefore, as a follower of Jesus, I must follow Jesus’ definition of marriage.
The other major piece of this is that marriage is a lifelong commitment. Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh.”
My leg is committed to my body. If I get irritated with it because it doesn’t run fast enough or isn’t as long as I wished it was, I am not going to say, “that’s it, I’m separating myself from my leg. We are done!” It is part of my flesh and part of me.
So it is when two become one in marriage. They become “one flesh” and that commitment is a reflection of the commitment of God to His people and of Christ to His church. It is not meant to be separated.
Some Bible versions use the word “cleave” instead of “hold fast”. Cleave means to “be united” and expresses the strongest possible union. Marriage is a permanent binding covenant commitment.
Marriage is one man and one woman, forever.