Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One Flesh

The second and third parts of the video series, "How to be Happily married", focused on the roles that women and men have in marriage. Men are called to love their wives, women are called to submit to their husbands. That's made clear all through scripture so I won't go on and on about that. I want to discuss something else that really stood out to me.

Dr. Williams started out talking about how a man and a woman become one flesh when they get married. How man is to leave his parents and cleave to his wife. We all know the Bible says this, its not a foreign concept. But just how serious is God about what He said? How literal did He mean it?  An example I never would have even realized comes from the story of Job!

In Job 1, Satan goes to God and receives permission to tempt Job to curse the Lord. But not with out one stipulation in verse 12. "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."

Satan could do anything but put forth his hand on Job. After this Job looses everything, except his life and his wife. Job's wife is barely even mentioned through out this book, but we know she lived. He needed her to have his second set of kids! To have taken her life would of been the same as Satan putting forth his hand on Job, which he was not allowed to do. Job lost everything, his world was devastated. But he had his wife. Was she a good wife, did he love her as Christ loves the church? I can't say. But what we know is that she was his wife, and therefore bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

There are a lot of verses that discuss the marriage relationship. But still in a story where it could so easily be missed the Lord planted a little seed. He painted a powerful picture that shows just how serious he was that a husband and a wife are indeed ONE FLESH.

"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." -Matt 19:6

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