God Gave Away the First Bride


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Marriage is God’s doing because he personally took the dignity of being the first father to give away the bride. Genesis 2:22: “And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man, he made into a woman, and brought her to the man.” He didn’t hide her and say, “find her.” He took her, perhaps in his arm — I don’t know how God did this, he’s God — and he brought her to the man.

“God was the first father to give away the bride.”

He had fathered her in the most profound sense. He had fathered this woman. Now his daughter is being given to a man, and he gives her. He doesn’t just leave her out there for something to happen. The majesty and beauty of marriage shines off of God, assuming the dignity himself of presenting his daughter that he specially made for this man to her himself.

Marriage is God’s doing, not only because God created them with this design and God brought her to him, but God spoke the design of marriage into existence. The emphasis is falling here now on God speaking the design of marriage more fully than just his action reveals. Genesis 2:24: “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

“God spoke the design of marriage into existence.”

Who’s talking in verse 24? The writer of Genesis is talking in verse 24. Who’s that? Jesus believes it was Moses. I have three texts written down here. What does Jesus believe about Moses writing of Scripture? Jesus believes that when Moses wrote Scripture, God spoke. Now, let me show you that so that I can go back to my point, that verse 24 is the voice of God designing marriage.

Matthew 19:4-5 goes like this: “Jesus answered, ‘Have you not read that he, God, who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said, “Therefore, man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”’”

It could not be clearer. Jesus said God said Genesis 2:24. This is one of the strongest arguments for the inspiration of the Bible. All I want you to see now is that when verse 24 dictates the design —leave your mother and father, hold fast to a woman and form a new household, and become with her one flesh — that’s God’s voice opening the design of marriage himself.


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