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We have all heard the expression "a marriage
made in heaven." Probably not! However, there
was, at one time, a marriage that was made in par-
In Genesis chapter 2:18-25 of the Bible, we are
given details of the very first wedding. When this
took place, there was no sin in the world and every-
thing was perfect. The marriage rate was 100 per
cent and the divorce rate was zero per cent. Then
the fall came and sin entered the world. With sin
came all the problems and wretchedness of the curse.
With these problems, came trouble at home.
One would spend a long time seeking a perfect
marriage. Oh! There are many who claim that they
"never speak a harsh word," either they are screaming
too hard for the words to be coherent or they are
just plain liars! The truth is, in many cases, marriage
resembles a battlefield more than it does a union of
Consider these facts. In this century the divorce
rate has risen more than 700 per cent. Now, there
are more than 1.2 million divorces per year. There is
one divorce for every 1.8 marriages.
Of course, there are some sociologists who say
that we can expect to see a decline in the divorce
rate in the near future. Is this because people are
developing better skills and are learning how to com-
municate and work through their problems more
productively? No! They just aren t getting married.
They are living together instead. Either way, it is a
far cry from what the Lord intended.
In Genesis chapter 2:18-25 God reveals His inten-
tions concerning marriage and His goals for the mar-
ried couple. The principles taught here will go a long
way in helping divorce-proof our marriages.
The Lord's concern
The Garden of Eden was a place of unspeakable
beauty and wonder. It was a perfect place where
God, man and the animal kingdom enjoyed perfect
peace and harmony. It was a good place. In fact,
looking back on the Lord s creative efforts in Genesis
chapter 1, it is clear that the Lord thought it was as
good as well.
When God looked at His handiwork, He declared
it all good until He looked at Adam and saw that
Adam was the only one of His kind. This, God said
was not good. Man had no counterpart.
The word "alone" carries the idea of "being cut
off," "of being a piece which is isolated from the
When the Lord surveyed the situation, His decision
was to produce a "helpmeet" for Adam. This word
means "one who assists another reach fulfilment."
It speaks of the idea of a "completer." The word meet
refers to one who is "suitable to, or corresponds to."
In other words, God is going to give Adam someone
who will fill up that which is lacking in his own life.
One who makes him complete.
This is one of the benefits of marriage. The husband
and the wife complement one another. Men are right
brain creatures. We like to analyse things and come
to conclusions about stuff. We like to figure it out.
I mean, just call it like it is and never for one minute
try to see any other side of the story. If we are going
to look at something from a left brain approach, we
have to stop using the right side of the brain and we
are left without any reasoning ability whatsoever.
Women on the other hand have been gifted by
God to be able to use both sides of their brains simul-
taneously. They can see both sides of the coin at the
same time. A fact that makes them very helpful in
figuring out things. If there were only men, there
would be little compassion, little understanding, and
Women make up that which we too often lack.
When they come along with their left brains firing
on all cylinders and point out how narrow we are
and what we are refusing to see, then it becomes
clear that they have made us complete and given us
an insight that we otherwise would never have had.
God s intention in making woman was to com-
plement and complete the man. By the way, it still
works that way today. Next time, we will talk about
the Lord s intervention according to Genesis chapter
PASTOR A COURTNEY JONES
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