Genesis 2:23-24 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Yesterday we began a short blog series exploring the Biblical foundations of marriage as conceived by God. Jesus was debating the Pharisees who tried to trap him in an argument about divorce in Matthew 19. Instead of playing their game, Jesus went back to God's original design for marriage. We looked at the first foundation for Biblical Marriage: Companionship. In today's blog we want to consider the second foundation of Biblical marriage: Covenant.
Second Foundation of Godly Marriage: Covenant – Gen 2:21-24
According to Hebrews 6:16-18, a covenant in scripture contains two elements: an oath and a promise. Hebrew 6:16-18 reads - "For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. " When God made covenants, He swore an oath indicating that the success of the covenant hinged on His identity as the unchanging God. When God made promises, he was pledging to do certain things for His people.