Want to be Married Some Day?
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:21-25)
Adam recognized the woman (Eve) as having come from him … even though he’d never before even seen one. He called the woman ׳ishshah (Hebrew for woman) because she was taken out of ׳iysh (Hebrew for man).
For the unmarried person who wants to be married one day, he/she can find hope in the fact that Adam had no idea that women even existed until his wedding day. Yet God brought him a wife who was perfect for him.
Note also that Adam was sleeping … resting … when the LORD God brought the woman to him. This is also important for the person who wants to be married one day: God will do the bringing, we can do the resting. The most important thing is to be the person that is marriageable. If someone is marriageable (i.e. the kind of person someone would be blessed to marry), then God will bring a godly counterpart.
We are not told how much time elapsed between the making and the woman and God putting them together. Was it a day? A week? A month? We don’t know. What we can clearly surmise was that there was sufficient time for the woman to develop a sense of personal identity and experience fellowship with God. Then the Lord brought two independent and healthy people together to become one, to complete each other.
For Further Review
1. With regard to the desire to be married: consider 1 Corinthians 7:7, a verse which tells us that singleness is a spiritual gift from God. Do you think you have that gift? Why or why not? (Note: if you’re already married, you do not have that gift.)
2. Are you the kind of man or woman that would be a fitting companion in marriage? If you’re already married, are you that kind of person presently? If changes are needed, what will you have to do to change?
3. Describe your personal health. How healthy are you emotionally? How about mentally? Physically? Spiritually? As you answer, pay attention to how these areas affect others, especially your spouse or future spouse.
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