Matthew 19:4-6. “And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Did you notice that Jesus completely by-passed the academic and traditional arguments? He didn’t bother to address the Hillel/Shammai debate, because it wasn’t something that originated with God! Instead, He went right to the beginning, first causes, what God originally instituted in the Garden of Eden when He presented lovely Eve to lonely Adam. How do I know she was lovely? She was perfect! She was the only perfect woman who has ever lived. She was the original Miss Universe.
Marriage, as instituted by the Creator, is an argument against polygamy, divorce, and homosexual “marriage.”
First, He created them male and female. It was a one-to-one ratio. God did not make multiple women from whom Adam could select his bride. One man, one woman.
Second, He created them male and female to become on flesh. In no other instance than divorce do we find a man or woman who willingly lops of a big chunk of his own flesh. The one-flesh principle is more than sexual intimacy. It goes far beyond that, to a man and a woman becoming so much a part of each other that when one dies, the other suffers intense pain at every level. When two people live together in such complete oneness, they are indeed one in God and in the eyes of man. One unit, one couple, one flesh.
Third, He created them male and female to be the reproductive unit that God established to populate the earth. That population could not have been accomplished if it were male-male or female-female.
Ephesians 5 shows us what the believing husband and wife represent. Christ and the church and the love of Christ, the obedience of the church, the oneness which exists between Christ and the church, all to be seen in the relationship of husband and wife.
“For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
Men who abuse their wives are abusing themselves. Women who disregard their husbands are disregarding themselves. Divorce, no matter how horrible the marriage may have been, is a painful process that has lasting effects on everyone concerned. It is not to be taken lightly.
Did the Pharisees walk away enlightened and encouraged? We’ll see.