WHAT IS MARRIAGE ALL ABOUT? (1)

HE STANDS PRIESTLY BEFORE THE HEAVENLY FATHER FOR THE BRIDE

(1)            I do not see any reason why I will not be tagged a religious bigot for my asseverative stance that marriage is strictly for Christians. Before anyone makes the first move of painting my personality with Christian bigotry, he should wait a little bit while I serve the divine meals of God’s word from His protocol, the Holy Bible. Amen.

            Genesis 2:20 is actually the reason for that of the 18th verse. It says, “And Adam gave  names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him” [Gen 2:20]. It is on account of the last part of this 20th verse that gave rise to 18th verse, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” [Gen 2:18]. The key words here are ‘help meet for’ -him. There is also the misconstrued ‘alone’ of the eighteenth verse. If, as it has been grossly misconstrued, the alone is about loneliness, then it will be an adjective or an adverb. How could a newly created Adam of less than a day of twenty-four hours of a single day be pining in loneliness?

                The beauty of Eden garden alone, of which I strongly doubt whether Hollywood can truly afford –in its all ramifications– to display in cinematography, will take Adam about a whole 356 days of a year to come over it. What about the grandeur of the hills, mountains and breathtaking plains; the gregarious proclivities of animalistic life? The twinkles of the heavenly bodies in conjunction with luminous glare of the lunar orb was something to look forward to every now and then! Where is the gaol of loneliness?

            The word ‘alone,’ bad (bad) in Hebrew, is a masculine noun. It is actually, from the context, a combination of –bad i.e. ‘apart’- and –le (a prep. pref.) i.e. ‘to, towards, in, through, before.’ This proves that ‘alone’ is a state of being and not a description of Adam’s feeling. This state of being alone brings Adam and his solitariness in contrast to the LORD God (not only of Trinitarian essence, but the future Bridegroom of the Church), before whom he stood. Bad means: ‘by itself, besides, a part, separation, being alone; only (adverb) apart from, properly separation; by implication a part of the body, [Bad comes from bâdad (baw-dad’): ‘be separate, be isolated, to divide, that is, (reflexively) be solitary’].

                The simplest definition of ‘alone’ in this context, is ‘different’. Different from God’s eternal plan of conjugal relationship of salvation. Adam’s solitariness was a state of his being: an absolute denegation of the Christ he prefigures. ‘Be alone’ in Hebrew is, lebaddo; i.e. ‘only himself.’ This definitely tells me that the creationism business of day number six had not got to its divine conclusion. A surprising oomph of a perfect completion was about to take place.

          The word ‘help,’ which is‛êzer (ay’-zer), means: ‘aid’: it comes from ‛âzar (aw-zar’): ‘A primitive root; to surround, that is, protect or aid.’ I love this one from Adam Clarke’s Commentary: “I will make him a help meet for him; עזר כנגד ezer kenegdo, a help, a counterpart of himself, one formed from him, and a perfect resemblance of his person.”

Now, having taken care of ‘help’ let us look at ‘meet for,’ which is a combination of neged (neh’-ghed) and ke (keh). Neged means ‘what is conspicuous, what is in front of, that is, part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate.’ Ke. ‘It is a marker of comparison: as, like; marker of similarity or correspondence: according to; marker of time: when, as soon as, about.’ Neged ke says a whole lot about this union. Does it not? The ‘help meet’ is actually ‘for’ him -Adam! She must correspond in thought and deed to Adam’s dreams. She is a very strong woman who must surround Adam protectively with the revealed word of God. She is made for Adam, and by the ultimate extension, the Lord Jesus’ soteriological agendum.

               Adam stood ‘before God all by himself’ –in an uncompleted glory. A detached organ of the wholesomeness. An atypicality. Quite irrepresentable of the Church. An unfinished statement of the Logos. The irrepressibility of Adam’s elocutionary rap was not expressive of a salivatory desideration of sexual crave. That was why he named her ‘woman’ from the Sculptor’s view of His divine desideration. The ‘woman’ surrounds him in the perfection of worship. With the woman in the conjugal place, it was God’s turn, the day after the sixth, to bask in the euphoria of Divine accomplishment! I have heard many pastors teach that an unmarried bachelor is incomplete. Quite untrue. Adam’s creation alone typified his LORD God. Christ has already got His bride, the Church. Is every other man Christ? Every bachelor is complete in Christ Jesus. Amen!

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I believe that Jesus is LORD and I receive Him as my LORD and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen”.

Lubricate the new birth by:

1. Praying always (in the name of Jesus) 1Thessalonians 5:17.

2. Read the Bible everyday (Joshua 1:8).

3. Go to Church regularly (Hebrews 10:25).

4. Tell others about Jesus (Mark 16:15).     

(…to be continued…)

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