Two shall become one flesh
What did Paul mean “This mystery is great”
So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.
FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.
This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:28-32
Paul in his letter to the Ephesians gives advice on the relationship between husband and wife and at the end of his advice he links the relationship of a man and his wife to that of Christ and the church.
He quotes from Genesis 2:24 in reference to Christ and the church “but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” thus indicating that the text in Genesis has more to say about Christ than it does about earthly marriage.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” So lets look at the quote in its context in the book of Genesis
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
In the Genesis account we find Adam alone and without a partner. We don’t hear a complaint from Adam and in fact its God who identifies the need for Adam to have a partner. God brings the animals before Adam and they are named and its clear that Adam identifies that each animal type has its own partner but for Adam no partner is identified. Isn’t it wonderful that God prepares Adam to appreciate the need for “another”. God puts Adam into a deep sleep and from Adam’s rib creates Eve.
So out of Adam a partner is created for love and relationship.
The scripture states that Adam said “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed”.
We know that in the history of humanity and even in the bible there is not reference to a man leaving his father and mother to be with a wife. The reverse is the reality and its always the women who leaves the family home to join with the man.
But remember that Paul tells us that this verse is not speaking of the union of a man and a woman.
Here Adam is given a revelation of the future union of Christ with His bride the church.
Adam recognises that his union with the woman is a prefiguring and type of Christs union with the church.
Do you see what Adam saw?
It was Jesus who left His Father and also His earthly mother Mary
And united Himself with his bride the Church.
What wonder and beauty that God from the very beginning before the fall of humanity God had already planned a union of love that would unite humanity with Himself in a union that can only be described as a mystery.
See what Adam saw and believe the good news of a marriage of union with God.