“Thoughts About Marriage” Part 1 

Pastor David Moore 

Old Testament reading: Genesis 2:18‐25 

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.   He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. 

But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man

The man said, 

This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh

Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. 

New Testament reading: Ephesians 5:21‐32 

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body.  “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.  However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. 

The power comes from submitting to God.  So, the power of marriage is that we are able to submit and serve the needs of other people‐‐to put the needs of others ahead of our own needs.  This is what submission to God leads to and the power it gives to us when we are willing to serve God.  ~D. Moore 

Proverbs 16:6 (NKJV)  By the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 

The purpose of marriage is to create oneness between two people.  The covenant solidifies the relationship emotionally, socially, and spiritually.  ~D. Moore

Genesis 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they become one flesh. 

Paul talks about the relationships as Christ being the head and we are the body of the church.   (Colossians 1:18).  ~D. Moore 

Marriage is like the body of the church.  We need many members to complete it as a marriage needs one another to complete the body.  ~D. Moore 

The mystery of marriage is a mirror for the relationship of Christ and His Church. 

God created marriage.  No government subcommittee envisioned it.  No social organization developed it.  Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.  ~Max Lucado 

The basic idea is being male and being female are overlapping but distinguishable ways of being human. 

Proverbs 31:25‐26  She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.   When she speaks her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 

Other than the church there is one institution created by God (marriage).  The institution will always be with us because God created marriage.  ~D. Moore 

This week read Proverbs 31.   God’s definition of marriage is based on His word.  God’s word is truth, and because it is truth, it is truth to all people, and all places, and through all of time. 

Have a blessed week!