Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
FAMILY: AN EXPRESSION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Bible portion: Genesis 2: 18-25
V:22 Then the Lord made a woman from thee rib he had taken out of man, and he brought her to the man.
Amidst of all good creation we see in the book of Genesis, God evaluated and deemed that it is not good for the man to be alone. Without a female companion, procreation and full realization of humanity is not complete. So God evaluated and pronounced a remedy.
God then created beasts of the fields, and the birds of the air and asked the man to name them and he did. Next we see the God the surgeon and anesthesiologist put the man into a deep sleep – he removed one f adam's rib and closed the wound with flesh. God then made the woman out of the rib from man. And she was brought before the man,but she was not named yet. Next we see the God instituted the first matrimony
of the first couple. The two are made to become one flesh, not fruitful yet, but allowed intimate companionship. It is God who facilitates human marriage and wonderful companionship.
The institution of marriage was set up by God, which allowed man and woman to have a bond that makes two into one flesh. Just as God is soverign, we should acknowledge his Kingship over our lives and marriages. In v: 24 Instead of remaining under the protective custody of the parents, a man leaves them and unites with his wife, establishes a new famiy unit. Together they form an inseparable unit, as that between a child and the parent. As parent and children are of same flesh and blood, husband and wife are bound together as one flesh - which is the divine institution of marriage.
To conclude this portion in meditation, it is important to note that freedom from shame, v;24 signifies moral innocence evident in the first couple, which was lost as a result of sin or disobedience of the man and his wife through serpent.
you are the reason for the family, you instituted the matrimony and companionship of man and the woman. Help us to accept your sovereign Kingship in our lives and marriages. Please bless our families . Amen.
Thought for the Day
The divine institution of marriage dictates monogamy. It is a God ordained covenant relationship between man and woman, a lifelong sexually exclusive relationship, brings generation into the world and sustain stewardship of the earth.
Dr.John K.Thomas Tabor MTC