God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Today as millions of couples celebrate Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be worth going back to where it all began—the garden of Eden. We are told in Genesis 1 that on the sixth day of creation, God created Adam and Eve in his own image, “male and female he created them.” From this one verse there are several truths worth noting. First, God created one man and one woman. Throughout the previous creation account, we read that God created an abundance of fish in the sea and birds in the sky and animals roaming the land. God did not create just two fish in the sea to multiply and fill it. He said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures…” God did not create just two mice or just one cow and one bull but caused the earth to be filled with living creatures. Yet, when he created humans, he created one man and one woman. The message is clear—God intended marriage to be the union of one man and one woman for a lifetime. Had God intended for polygamy to be the norm, he would have created multiple women for Adam, but he didn’t. Eve was all Adam was given because she was all he needed. Adam was all Eve had because she was created for him, for his enjoyment and companionship. The second obvious truth is that God created two genders—male and female. He did not create multiple genders because there were not multiple people, and multiple genders did not exist in each of them. This makes sense in light of the fact that God then commands them to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (v.28). Two males or two females cannot carry out the intended purpose for which God created humans. The third important truth to notice is that marriage is for a lifetime. Adam and Eve were not supposed to die. Thus, the message that would have been emphatically clear to them is that ‘it’s just you and me forever.’ If their marriage didn’t work out for some reason, there was no one else for Adam or Eve to turn to. There was no one else! The message was clear—‘Make this work, because each other is all you have.’ Married couples need to still think this way. We need to make this work because each other is all we have—divorce is not an option. If you are married and reading this, use today to not just focus your attention on your marriage today, but use today to make this the starting point for making your marriage a priority. Begin to make your spouse a top priority because each other is all you have.
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