This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.
This scripture is famous. Yet so often read and used without the verse prior, which gives a wealth of context to the ‘this is why’ part at the beginning. Let’s read verse 23.
The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman (Ishah), because she was taken out of man (Ish).
Eve (Havah) was the only woman born of man and God! Every other human being aside from Yeshua (Jesus) has come from a woman’s womb in collusion with another man. Yeshua was born of a woman and God. The unity of God’s plans is simply staggering! He is full of these kinds of turning things back in on themselves; using opposites. And marriage is therefore shown in the very beginning its purposes. That God might be reflected in how He designed human interaction – ANY kind of human relationship, but marriage is special because it represents God’s love, commitment and power in His people.
Marriage usually results in more children. When we His people accept, trust and follow Him, so too, does this result in the adding to the Family of the Kingdom. This is the full goal of the Message we speak of and study. To add to those who are saved by our union with Messiah Yeshua. Now a days, this is not always true for a union between a man and woman; many desire no children. Some, painfully have not been given them. Yet most unions between man and woman sexually results in a child. (Even if there is no “official marriage”) God did not however, design marriage for procreation purposes only! Most of God’s designs have multifaceted purposes! Usually coincidently, in three’s! Marriage is for: procreation – adding to the family; teaching us about God our family Creator; and teaching us about each other – that which He prizes as His most precious Creation. The last two are key, obviously, because He does not always open the wombs of all wives, the third is not absolutely necessary. Marriages can reflect Him and His purposes without the couple having children born of their union. We will explore all the designs later…for now we focus on the unity of marriage as it reflects Adonai and His Bride.
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God.
Nevertheless you ask, “Why is this?” Because Adonai is witness between you and the wife of your youth that you have broken faith with her, though she is your companion, your wife by covenant.
And hasn’t He made them one flesh? in order to have spiritual blood-relatives?
For what the one flesh seeks is a seed from God. Therefore, take heed to your spirit, and don’t break faith with the wife of your youth. “For I hate divorce,” says Adonai the God of Israel, “and him who covers his clothing with violence.” Says Adonai Tzva’ot (Lord of Sabbath; Lord of Heavens armies, Lord of Host)
Therefore take heed to your spirit and don’t break faith.
1 John 4:11-16
Beloved friends, if this is how God loves us, we likewise ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for Him has been brought to its goal in us. Here is how we know we remain united with Him and He with us He has given to us from His own Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as Deliverer of the world. If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with Him and He with God. And we have come to know and trust the love God has for us. God is love; and those who remain in this love remain united with God, and God remains united with them.
Submit to one another in fear of the Messiah. Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is Himself the One who keeps the body safe. Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives submit to their husbands in everything.
As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loves the Messianic Community, indeed gave Himself up on its behalf, in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh (purification), so to speak, in order to present the Messianic Community to Himself as a Bride to be proud of, without a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. This is how husbands ought to love their wives – like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, because we are parts of His Body. “Therefore, a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.” There is profound truth hidden here, which I say concerns the Messiah and the Messianic Community. However, the text also applies to each of you individually; let each man love his wife as he does himself, and see that the wife respects her husband.
In union with Him the whole building is held together and it is growing into a holy Temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with Him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling place for God!
Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua:
For in Him, bodily, lives the fullness of all that God is. And it is in union with Him that you have been made full – He is the head of every rule and authority.
And may God, the source of encouragement and patience, give you the same attitude among yourselves as the Messiah Yeshua, so that with one accord and with one voice you may glorify God the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤