Yesterday I attended a wedding of Marie and Donald. She committed herself to him and he committed himself to her. The Reverend Fulford ministered the marriage. Marriage joins two people together for life.
So how did marriages get started and when? The Bible gives us the answers. It happened at creation and God created the first marriage partners, Adam and Eve. It was God’s original intent that nothing could break this relationship.
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10:6-9)
That all changed in Genesis 3 when man sinned. The law of Moses contained a bill of divorcement. Man’s heart became hard and God’s blessing no longer blessed man.
“And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.” (Mark 10:2-5)
God designed marriage for one man and one women to become one flesh and never to be parted.
If all couples were willing to read the Bible, study it, obey it, all marriages would be successful. Disobedience to God’s word causes strife, bitterness, and broken relationships.
We all may choose to have a great marriage if we are willing to obey God’s word.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001