I’m in the midst of preparing for the Sunday morning sermon from Genesis 2:18-25. It is here that we learn of God’s idea for marriage and the family. There are so many “hot-button” issues that are absolutely obliterated in the simple, clear, and direct Word of God. One of these issues is the absolute essentiality of marriage. Of course, marriage now needs to be clearly defined as the joining of one man and woman for one lifetime. The destruction of marriage and family by moral perversion, rampant hedonism, and ease of divorce, among others, is ultimately destroying the very fiber of every human institution. Here is an insightful and poignant excerpt from James Montgomery Boice’s Genesis, An Expositional Commentary, Volume One, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002, pp. 136, 137:
When God brought the first woman to the first man, as we are told in the second chapter of Genesis he did, he did not merely provide Adam with a suitable helper and companion. He also established marriage as the first and most basic of all human institutions. Long before there were governments or churches or schools or any other social structures God established a home based on the mutual respect and love of a husband and wife, and all other human institutions came from it. From the authority of the father there developed the patriarchal and later tribal systems of human government. These gave rise to monarchical systems and then democracies. From the responsibility of parents to raise and educate their children came more formal systems of education: academies, institutes, colleges, and centers of higher learning. From the need to care for the family’s health came hospitals. From the obligation of parents to educate their children in the knowledge of God and the ways to worship came synagogues and then churches. One cannot think of a contemporary social or cultural organization that does not have a derivative relationship to the home and marriage.
And that is the problem! Today marriage is under attack. It is being destroyed, and if marriage falls then all these other institutions–churches, schools, businesses, hospitals, and governments–will inevitably fall with it.