Once upon a time there was a cheesecake that was mentioned on this blog. Well, about two weeks ago, on a beautiful and breezy Saturday afternoon, that cheesecake morphed into a wedding. It’s been a fun year to watch our friends meet, get twitterpated, consider their future together, and ultimately tie the knot! This ability to observe our friends has reminded me of my own dating and marriage process—now nearly 10 years in the making—and given me the opportunity to reflect on God’s design of it all. The creation account in Genesis 2 ends with the culmination of something so incredible that God called it not just good (as He had the rest of creation in the account in Genesis 1), but very good. And Adam must have seen this as well. One can hear the excitement Adam had upon laying eyes on his new bride Eve as he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh!” (Genesis 2:23). Intimacy and vulnerability—to the point of being the same—were at the core of the newly-created marriage relationship.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul brings this point home all the more. The role of the husband is to tend one’s wife so that she is “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” because in doing so one loves his wife as he does his own body (Ephesians 5:26-27). Again, this picture of intimacy and openness is the same call one has in marriage some 1500 years after the writing of Genesis.
And 2000 years since Paul’s writings, I saw it at our friends’ wedding—the uniting of wills and futures and hopes with the intent on being vulnerable to whatever God would call of these two in the future. Let’s be in prayer for the happy couple as they celebrate what God has brought together.
Let me know your thoughts on your marriage or that of others—how have you seen a carrying out of the words of Adam and Paul in your own life?