God makes a companion for Adam.


God’s Story For Your Life

Genesis 2:18-25

God makes a companion for Adam.

Two and
One
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Read
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He gave names to all the livestock, all
the birds of the sky, and all the wild
animals. But still there was no helper
just right for him. So the LORD God
caused the man to fall into a deep sleep.
While the man slept, the LORD God
took out one of the man’s ribs and closed
up the opening. Then the LORD God
made a woman from the rib, and he brought
her to the man.

“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my
bone, and flesh from
my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was
taken from ‘man.’”

This explains why a man leaves his father and mother
and is joined to his
wife, and the two are united into one. / (Genesis
2:20-24)

Reflect
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God’s creative work was not complete until
he made woman. He could have made
her from the dust of the ground, as he made
man. God chose, however, to make
her from the man’s flesh and bone. In so
doing, he illustrated for us that in
marriage man and woman become one flesh.
This mystical union ties together the
couple’s hearts and lives.

God gave marriage as a gift to Adam and Eve. They were created for each other.
Marriage was not just for convenience, nor was it brought about by
any
culture. It was instituted by God and has three basic aspects: (1) The
man
leaves his parents and, in a public act, promises himself to his wife;
(2) The
man and woman are joined together by taking responsibility for each
other’s
welfare and by loving their spouse above all others; (3) The two
become one
flesh in the intimacy and commitment of sexual union that is
reserved for
marriage. Strong marriages include all three of these
aspects.

Throughout the Bible, God treats this special partnership
seriously. If you
are married or planning to be, are you willing to keep the
commitment that
binds the two of you together as one? The goal in marriage
should be more than
friendship; it should be
oneness.

Respond
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Whether married or single, treat marriage
as a holy union, ordained by God.
Ask God to help you love, honor, respect,
and cherish your spouse, even if you
haven’t met them yet. Two people,
committed to God and to each other, can
truly be one in marriage.

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