The Covenant Family (02) - Marriage is Covenatal
The Covenant Family (02) - Marriage is Covenantal
Genesis 2:7 - Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground. . . The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat . . . 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” . . . 2:20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 2:21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 2:22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 2:23 The man 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.” 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
What do you want it to be in the future? In this series we will see how God has fulfilled His word in which He promised to undo the fall of Adam by making a new Adam (a new man or a new humanity) in Christ. We will see how this affects your family and community life. Yahweh, the Covenant Lord is a God of promises.
Marriage is (supposed) to reflect the Triune God’s love. A husband and wife and a child reflect the unity and diversity of the Trinity. A wedding is a liturgical expression of the love bond of God, now shared and expressed in humanity. The image of God is reflected in both “in his image. . . male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). To demonstrate the complimentary relationship in marriage, after finding no suitable helper in the animal kingdom, Adam truly needs Eve. Eve is a special creation from the side (rib), not from the foot of Adam and henceforth every man will be birthed through woman. This is a picture of Trinitarian interdependency in the created world.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more