“At the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” – Mark 10:6-9
1 + 1 = 1. This author did not flunk kindergarten math. This isn’t new math either. Actually 1 + 1 = 1 is very old math, for it is an equation that the almighty God established when he created the world and everything it, including Adam and Eve. From the very start, God determined that it was very good for one man to marry and become united with one woman. The two become one. This is a union which God joins together.
With the divorce rate still hovering around 50%, with couples cohabitating instead of marrying, and with more and more courts recognizing same sex marriages, it seems as though God’s plan is so “old school.”
But what happens when we replace God’s plans with our own human designs? First off, God calls it sin and wickedness (Romans 1). What happens is that we separate ourselves from God – the same God “who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
The truth is that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, no matter what the sin. The truth is also that God sent his Son Jesus to restore our right relationship with God by dying on the cross and paying for all our sins. The truth is forgiveness is yours through faith in Jesus your Savior. The truth is that God’s original plan for husband and wife still stands, which is why Jesus reiterates it in our Bible verses today.
Marriage was and still is 1 + 1 = 1. One man and one woman, united for as long as God gives them life and until he separates them through death. God declared this plan to be very good at the beginning. Jesus put his stamp of approval on marriage. The Scriptures still uphold it today. Therefore let us give thanks to God for this gift of marriage and strive to lead our lives accordingly.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you bring man and woman together and unite them to each other. Bless the marriage of husband and wife that they may live according to your plan. Strengthen marriages that are weak. Encourage those who have broken their marriage by turning them to the cross where they find forgiveness and hope. Keep husbands and wives faithful to one another and to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.