I’m beginning a series here on Stupendous Marriage that looks at marriage/married couples in the Bible.
I wanted to read with the intent of learning about marriage and relationships from those in the scriptures who were married. So far, I have found about 25 couples specifically mentioned, plus a couple ‘bigger picture’ marriage references that I want to think about.
These posts will be my first thoughts from the verses that tell the stories of these couples. Please feel free to read these verses yourself and add to the conversation in the comments below!
Genesis 2:18-5:5 (Bible Gateway Link if you want to read along!)
*Gen. 2:18 We aren’t supposed to live life alone – or at least it’s not good to be alone.
* Here are some different versions of Genesis 2:18 (referring to the “something/someone” He would create so the man wouldn’t be alone) :
- A Helper for him (NCV)
- Companion for him (NET)
- Helper Suitable for him (NIV)
- Helper Comparable to him (NKJV)
- Helper who is just right for him (NLT)
- Helper fit for him (corresponding to him) (ESV)
- A helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him. (AMP)
- v. 18 None of the animals fit the bill, so God had to step it up.
*So – she is not the same as him – but comparable. She is his perfect mate – because she is his complementary person. She is strong where he is weak, and he is strong where she is weak.
*v. 2:21-22 It seems that Adam was “all” together, then God took part of him that he needed…and brought it back to him in the form of a woman.
* Interesting that Adam was asleep when the creation of Eve happened (so Adam couldn’t see it) and the Bible says God brought the woman BACK to him. So – it was something that he had, then it was taken from him – he didn’t even realize it, and God brought that piece – in the form of a woman – back to him.
*v. 23 I have heard too many pastors make the joke “WHOA MAN”…It still makes me laugh.
*v. 23-24 After creating Man, the author writes ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one’…why is it that after this great pronouncement “bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh – she is woman because she was taken from man” – do we get the thought about leaving mom and dad?
Perhaps for a time, we are given to the care of our parents, but when the one God is ‘giving back to us’ arrives on the scene, we are to hold strongly to them…and break away from the birth family…to create a new family unit. Not that we can’t still receive and listen and honor the parents…because we should…but they don’t take the place of our mate.
*v. 25 They had nothing to hide from each other and God. They had no clothes and that was cool. Metaphorically speaking. It may have been literally cool too, but it was the Garden of Eden, so probably not.
*Gen. 3:1-5 If the devil was talking to Eve, where was Adam during this exchange?
*Gen 3:4… ‘You won’t die’…They died spiritually right away…physical death took a bit longer.
*Gen3:5 I wonder what it be like to only know good… That must have been awesome, but even so, the devil was able to make it seem like it wasn’t enough.
*Gen 3:6 She gave some to her husband who was with her…(Mr. “lost my voice”!!) Really. Why didn’t he say anything? And why didn’t he say no? Peer Pressure? Not wanting to look silly? Not thinking it through completely? Not thinking anything would happen? Do I as a man stand back too often and not say anything when there could be danger on the horizon? (that’s deep)
*v. 3:7 They realized they were naked and hid behind leaves. It’s interesting that this new realization caused them to make clothes. To hide from one another. To cover their natural forms. To stop being free and open. Still happens today. We aren’t vulnerable, honest and open, and we hide from our spouses about so many things. The snake is still lying to us.
*Crazy how much Gen. 3:6 ‘So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.’
Reminds me of 1 John 2:16 ‘For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.’
*Genesis 4:1 – ‘With God’s Help I have brought forth a man…’ Anyone who has gone through child birth has to realize that it is so much bigger than just two people. My son’s birth was one of the times in my life where I felt closest to God and realized how amazing He is…plus, how crazy it is that God actually allows me to be a part of what He is doing!
*Gen 4:25…If I’m reading right – Adam and Eve lived long enough to see 7 generations of grandchildren… Cain to Enoch to Irad to Mehujael to Methushael to Lamech to Jabal/Jubal/Tubal-Cain, and then have even more kids…Seth (and others). You Go Adam and Eve!
*Gen. 5:2 When God created Mankind…he blessed them (and us – since we are still a part of mankind)