The Whole Me

I have learned so many things in the last three years and four months since Mindy and I got married. Mindy’s unconditional love for me has been an amazing picture to me of God’s love, and in addition to that I am constantly in awe of how Mindy and I truly compliment each other and create a great team.

Genesis 2:21-22 says, “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep: and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man and he brought her to the man.”

This picture of God creating Eve is such a beautiful picture that often is missed in translation. You see when the Hebrew word, tzela is typically translated as rib, but is not translated this way in the rest of the bible. Instead it should be translated one “side” of Adam which would mean to any Jewish reader one half of something. So in essence, God some how splits Adam in half and takes one side or one half of Adam and creates Eve. Wow, the Jewish reader reading in Hebrew would read this as God creating a human and out of that one human creating male and female.

This then makes so much sense as to Mindy and my relationship. I am truly only one half of me without Mindy, Mindy compliments me perfectly because she was intended to do so from the beginning. We as the scripture says “have become one flesh”.

Here is why we find marriage so important, and why it is so important to stand up for marriage, through the marriage picture we see one of God’s great acts of redemption. Through a marriage relationship, God desires to bring man and woman back to the original oneness that they were before God to took half of Adam and created Eve. There is also a beautiful picture of how God desires to take the empty part of us, our soul and return it to its original oneness when we become one with God through faith in Jesus.

Does your marriage show a picture of God’s redemption to the world around you?
If you aren’t married, is your search for true, redemptive wholeness or just satisfying your desires?
If you are in a relationship, does the person you are with complete you emotionally and spiritually?

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