Yesterday we saw the divine act of God placing Adam into a deep sleep so that He could remove part of Adam, a rib, and form that rib into a “helper…a woman” (Genesis 2:21-22) and then He brought her to Adam. In the marriage ceremonies I have been asked to perform, it is always my intent to point the couple to the presence of God at these occasions. While there are always human witnesses, the primary witness and participant in the marriage ceremony is God who “has joined together” the man and woman.
Again, Matthew and Mark tell how Jesus responded to the inquiry of the Pharisees about their desire to legitimize divorce. He pointed to what God has done; “God has joined together, let not man separate” (19:6; 10:9). It is highly important to see the acting of God in this institution of marriage. While we may perform certain rituals in the marriage ceremony, God is the main player in bringing together a man and woman into a unity that must not be broken. Jesus is very clear about trying to reverse what God has done; “let not man separate”!
Sadly, we see in our day a deliberate attempt to leave God out of the affairs of men, including marriage. The attitude that prevails is, ‘I did it my way’. Then we wonder why there are so many difficulties in marriage and in the fallout from divorce. Many have come to me for counsel and quit very soon because they do not want to return to the Designers plan. I am issuing a clarion call to the church everywhere to return to God’s design for marriage. There is forgiveness for sins of the past to those who repent. If we repent and return, our witness to the world will take a powerful turn. Most of all, God will be glorified and bring blessing to those who honor Him. HE IS BOTH THE DESIGNER AND JOINER!
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