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Read: Romans 8:18-23

Alert: you’ll need to follow this post closely. So, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone,” and God began problem solving. God decided to create a partner for Adam. God chose to create “Eve” from one of Adam’s ribs. Bible scholars note that it is not a bone taken from the foot, so that man would stand over woman And the bone is not taken from the head, so that woman would be above man. The bone is taken from the side; it is a symbolic image of equality. They are created as equals. That’s God’s original intent for marriage.

Here it is from the Bible: Genesis 2:23-24: “Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Jesus quotes these words in Mt 19:5 and Mk 10:7-8, when He describes God’s intent for marriage. These words are read at weddings still today. God’s intent: shared bone, one flesh, two becoming one, equality.

Jumping ahead…snake > “apple” > sin > fall > naked > shame > consequences. Sin enters creation – the thing that estranged us from God, brought death, destruction, and caused people to be corrupted by its power in all generations. Everything in creation has been impacted by sin, (Romans 8:18-23). Nothing is now entirely pure or exactly as God intended it to be.

After the fall, God describes the effect of sin (Gen. 3) and tells them what life will now be like: they will die, they will have pain, they will struggle with work, and men will rule over women. It’s a description of the effect of sin, it is NOT the way God intended or intends marriage to be. Jesus came to overcome sin and the effects of sin. Jesus described God’s will for marriage BEFORE the fall of humanity; before the impact of sin. So God’s will is for human equality, and that includes the relationship of marriage.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom