June 26, 2024
Family

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Reading

Genesis 2:24-25 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Summary

Genesis 2:24-25 lays the foundation for God's design for marriage and family. These verses come right after God creates Eve from Adam's rib and brings her to him. Upon seeing Eve, Adam exclaims "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh" (v. 23), expressing the deep connection between husband and wife. Verse 24 then states that a man is to leave his parents and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This establishes the principle that marriage involves leaving one's family of origin to start a new family unit and cleaving to one's spouse to form an intimate, unbreakable bond. The one flesh union refers to sex, but even more so to the spiritual and emotional oneness between husband and wife. Verse 25 notes that the man and his wife were both naked and unashamed, signifying that their relationship was characterized by complete openness, vulnerability and acceptance. They were literally and figuratively "naked" before each other and God, with nothing to hide. This state of shameless intimacy was only possible before sin entered the world. In marriage, a husband and wife can experience a taste of this as they grow together in love and trust. These verses reveal that family, as God designed it, is rooted in the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, who leave their parents, join together as one, and create a haven of security and acceptance where the next generation can grow. Any deviation from this pattern falls short of God's good purposes for marriage and family.

Reflection

The topic of family is deeply important to God, as we see from the very beginning of the Bible in Genesis 2. After creating Adam, God declares that it is not good for man to be alone and creates Eve as a helper fit for him. He then ordains marriage as the union of man and woman into a permanent partnership of love and service to each other. Family is meant to provide a secure foundation where husband and wife can experience intimate companionship, and where children can receive love, guidance and a positive example. Sadly, sin has marred God's beautiful design, resulting in broken families, strained relationships, and lack of commitment. Divorce, infidelity, abuse, and absence of fathers or mothers have become all too common. But by looking at God's original intent, we see that He desires to restore and strengthen families. The key is found in putting God first, honoring the marriage covenant, and unselfishly serving one another. When a husband loves his wife as Christ loves the church (Eph 5:25) and a wife respects her husband (Eph 5:33), unity and joy result. When children are taught God's ways by loving, involved parents (Deut 6:6-7), a godly legacy passes to future generations. No family is perfect, but when we walk according to God's Word and rely on His grace, He is faithful to redeem and reconcile. If your family is struggling, do not lose heart. Seek God's face, obey His commands, and trust Him to work. If you have a strong family, give thanks, but do not become complacent. Continually invest in your marriage and pour into your children and grandchildren. May every Christian family be a bright light in this dark world, reflecting Christ and drawing others to Him. Let us endeavor to live out God's glorious pattern for family, for our good and for His glory.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of family. Thank You for instituting marriage and entrusting us with children. We confess that we have often failed to value and nurture these precious relationships as we ought. We have let selfishness, pride, and busyness erode the love and commitment You desire for our families. Please forgive us and realign our priorities with Yours. Help husbands to love their wives sacrificially, wives to respect their husbands, and children to honor their parents. Let our homes be full of affection, laughter, godly instruction, and service. Give us Your heart for any family members who do not know You - spouses, children, siblings, or parents. Use us to show them Your love and share the gospel. Strengthen and restore families that are hurting or broken. Provide for single parent homes, and protect children who have been neglected or abused. May our earthly families point us to the eternal family You are creating, made up of all who call You Father through faith in Christ. It's in Jesus' name we pray, Amen.