Emanna for 11/06/2018

Marriage Being Ordained by God (1)

Bible Verses

Gen. 1:27 And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 2:18 And Jehovah God said, it is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.

Words of Ministry

(Part 1 of 2) Marriage is ordained by God. In Genesis God said that it was not good for man to be alone. God said "good" to everything that He created. But on the sixth day, God did not say that "it was good"; in fact, He even said that something was not good after He created man. God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Gen. 2:18). This is not to suggest that man was not created well. It means only that it was not good because there was just one man. Only half of man was created. God created a help meet for Adam on the sixth day. Eve was also made on the sixth day, and she was brought by God to Adam. She was made for the purpose of marriage. The word helper means "meet to help." This word in Hebrew means "someone that matches, someone that renders help." In considering Genesis 2:18, many Bible readers think that when God created man, He created a male plus a female. However, the Bible says only that God created man. His creation of man was His creation of male and female. The male and female made a complete man. It was as if God created half of a man in the beginning and then the other half after seeing that this man was only one-half. The two halves were joined together to become one. Only when the two halves were joined together was man complete. This is why God did not say that "it was good" until Eve was made. This shows us that marriage is not initiated by man but by God. The institution of marriage did not come after man's fall but before it. Man did not sin on the first day of his creation; he was married on the first day of his creation. On the same day that God created Eve, He gave her to Adam. This is not something that happened after man sinned. Marriage is something initiated by God. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 451-452. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.