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We have been dealing and treating with
Genesis Chapter 2. So far we talked about
the Lord s intention and His intervention
in relation to Adam. Let s deal with the
Lord s invention. (I am not talking about
woman, although that is pretty remark-
able, I am referring to His institution of
Genesis Chapter 2 verses 23-25 consti-
tute what was the first marriage ceremony.
There are three aspects that were involved
that will go a long way in helping our rela-
First, according to Genesis 2:23, marriage
involves a response. When Adam woke
from sleep, the first thing he saw was this
brand new, absolutely beautiful, absolutely
perfect woman there with him. Adam s
response was, "Now this is one like me."
Quite literally, Adam said, "Yes!" Or as
one great theologian put it, "Hot diggety!"
What Adam meant was, finally here was
one that he just did not want to live with-
out. Here was one who was compatible
with him, one with whom he could carry out
the Lord s directive of Genesis 1:28.
The lesson here is that in any marriage, there
must be that element of heartfelt love and sure
knowledge that God has created this person just
Marriage is not something to be entered into
lightly. It should be prayed about and strictly
observed according to the Lord s commandment.
If His word is ignored, there can be nothing but
trouble in the relationship! It involves a response
and that response is to say yes to that person
that God has picked and prepared for you.
Secondly, according to Genesis Chapter 2 verse
24, marriage involves a responsibility. Adam goes
on to say that a man is to "leave" his parents
and "cleave" to his wife. This is a two-step
process that many couples would do well to con-
To "leave" means to place every other rela-
tionship at a lower priority than the marriage
relationship. Excluding of course, one s relation-
ship with God. Your husband or wife is to be
more than just a spouse: they must be your best
Leaving means that every activity outside of
the marriage relationship must take a back seat.
Outside of one s relationship with God, there is
no other relationship as important as the one
you have with your spouse!
To cleave means to adhere to; to be bound
together by some strong bond. Cleaving isn t an
instant thing. Rather, it is a lifelong pursuit. It
begins at the altar and continues to the deathbed.
It speaks of total and absolute commitment. This
is a word lacking in modern society, especially
when it comes to marriage.
The modern mindset says, "Well, I will try it
for a while and if it doesn t work, then I will
just find a new one."
That is a far cry from what God intended in
the beginning! Cleaving is not a passive endeav-
our; it doesn t just happen, it comes about as
the result of effort.
I say that every marriage is worth whatever
effort required saving it! By the way, meaning
of cleave in the New Testament is "to stick like
glue, to be welded together so that the two cannot
be separated without serious damage to both."
Every married couple needs to realise that they
have been made one. You are not really a couple;
you are a single unit, declared by God to be
joined together until death rips you apart. If we
really live with this assurance, it would transform
our homes, our churches and our nation. Divorce
would not be an option.
Thirdly, marriage involves righteousness (Gen-
This tells us that Adam and Eve were naked,
but they were not ashamed in their nudity. This
simply drives home the truth that the only valid
arena for sexual expression is within the marriage
relationship. Do not be misled by this world and
its twisted definition of what constitutes sex. In
my opinion, one that I think is backed up by the
Bible, anything that goes beyond holding hands
and a simple kiss is sexual activity and dishon-
ouring to the Lord. It is demeaning to you and
your relationship with another person.
If you were honest today and you were to take
your marriage and lay it alongside this passage,
would your marriage stand as one that was made
Are there areas of your life that need to be
brought under the Lord s control?
Please understand that God has a plan for
everyone. Part of that plan includes salvation;
that is a constant for everyone. Beyond that,
God has an individual plan for your life.
If we learn nothing else, let s learn how to
keep the home fires burning.
PASTOR A COURTNEY JONES
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
GLOBAL SERVICES PROMOTION PROGRAMME
Program Sector: Integration and Trade
Loan No: 3112-OC-TT
Bid No. MPSD: 001-Apr-2015
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB) for the Global Services Promotion Programme. The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, intends to apply
part of the funds to the Interior Design and Supervision of the Outfitting of the Global Services Internationalization (GSI) Hub.
The GSI Hub will offer the following services:
These services will target companies and entrepreneurs in the ITeS industry who are currently
exporting and wish to expand or local companies who wish to compete internationally.
This aspect of the programme will involve the execution of a gap analysis and the implementation of
short-term technical training based on the identified needs.
The GSI Hub will offer technological infrastructure enabling plug
and play operations for investors and workspaces for students and local service providers designed to foster networking,
collaboration and research and development. In order to facilitate the participation of women in the services offered by the
GSI Hub, a childcare facility and a lactating room for nursing women will be offered.
The services for the interior design and supervision of the outfitting of the GSI Hub include but are not limited to the:
o Proposal of conceptual designs;
o Preparation of detailed interior architectural drawings and design specifications;
o Provision of a Bill of Quantities for building out the selected design; and
o Supervision of the outfitting of the building located at No. 25 Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, to
accommodate the GSI Hub.
The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest by providing infor-
mation establishing that they are qualified to provide the required services including a background of the firm, a description
of similar assignments undertaken, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, financial
capacity etc.). Interested firms should have experience in the interior design and supervision and possess a track record of suc-
cessfully carrying out similar projects.
Firms will be selected in accordance with the procedures as specified in the Inter-American Development Bank's Policies for the
Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (current edition) and is open to all
eligible bidders as defined in the policies which can be found at website: http://www.iadb.org/procurement.
Information/clarification can be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Azam Ali, Programme Manager at (868)
627-9700 ext. 2069 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested firms should submit an original and five (5) copies of your document in the Tender Box labeled
located at the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable
Development, Level 14, Eric Williams Financial Complex no later than
Expressions of Interest should be addressed to:
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