“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. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man." - Genesis 2:21

THE FIRST MARRIAGE

There were a lot of “firsts” while God was creating the world and its inhabitants. Well, I suppose you could say everything He created was a first! But now, I’m talking about what happened as He created Adam and Eve.

When He put Adam into a deep sleep, God became the first anesthesiologist. Then, as He operated on Adam, He became the first surgeon. Now, we already know that God was the first artist – in fact, He is the master Artist – the master Designer. After all, He had created the heavens and the earth and everything on it and in between, including man. But He had never fashioned (built) a woman. So, there was another first. And because He had created Adam and Eve so that they were perfect for each other, we could say God was the first matchmaker. And to finish it off, He was the first Father of the bride, as He brought Eve to Adam.

How did Adam respond? He was thrilled! He 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.”  He broke out into poetry! These were the first romantic words in all of history! Adam knew right away that she was exactly what was missing from his life. We see the sense of appreciation that Adam has as God brings Eve to him. Here we see the very first marriage. Here we see what God designed it to be – the ultimate human companionship between a man and a woman.

It’s a beautiful story of love at first sight. The only perfect marriage in the history of man. And then came sin and with it, the problems in marriage. It continues to this day; yet, in Christ, we are able to see Him strengthen in a way that transforms marriage for good. Not perfect, but closer to what Adam and Eve had before they blew it. If you are struggling in your marriage, why don’t you let Jesus transform you? Both of you!

There’s more on marriage tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

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