The sizeable upright truth about marriage found in Genesis 2:24-25 states, 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (NASB1995). The descriptive statement depicts the marriage monolith for us.
The statement singularly unifies the absolute truth about marriage. The force of the situation proclaims that God establishes marriage which did not originate by human effort. A monolith is a stone marker proclaiming an influential truth. The Scriptures do the same – the proclamation links to man and woman’s creation and the critical relationship. The descriptive statement was purposefully selected so that others would know.
Secondly, the statement promotes unity between one man and one woman, excluding polygamy or same-sex marriages from the get-go. Together, they seek to become one flesh as each physical body evidences sexual unity. They, as a husband and wife – together, were not ashamed. The words promote monogamy as an exclusive relationship between one man and one woman, cleaving together socially, physically, and in a metaphysical unity of oneness.
The exclusivity of a covenant marriage takes place in the presence of God. Covenant marriage always takes place in the presence of God, while a contract marriage takes place before earthly witnesses. Society establishes contracts every day and for various reasons. Most countries and governments define a marriage relationship more as a contract than any semblance to a covenant. Even though God’s presence centers on establishing a covenant marriage, this aspect never ignores the public formation of a marital union.
Furthermore, the public nature of marriage demonstrates when the text mentions the father and mother. A marriage’s actuality involves one’s parents or family despite periodical dictates by cultural practices. Yet, to state marriage takes place publicly assumes a change in status for the couple. Marriage is not just two people joining their bodies together in an intimate setting but a joining of two persons beyond their skins. The monolith of marriage promotes some form of social acknowledgment to take place.
The one-flesh becoming in marriage highlights a vital factor in covenant marriage. One flesh is a multi-dimensional bonded unity that includes the body, mind, and spirit. They are not just publicly joining as a social unit, but their driving force moves together in the continued growth of oneness. In addition, their self-awareness and honor further develop unity and acceptance without promoting marital rights.
Naked and unashamed becomes their emotional and physical state resulting in the continued seeking of oneness. Intimacy is not just two bodies coming together but two persons seeking further mutuality.
A monolith stands out and towers over the scene. God’s design on marriage serves past, present, and future generations; to point clearly for us in this diverse world. As Christians, we will not ignore the tribute found in Genesis, standing like a monolith. Let’s look again with awe at the truth: A man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.