Day 31: That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. In this way two people become one. (Genesis 2:24).
This is why a Man leaves his parents father and mother and unites with his woman making her his wife. In this way the man and woman becoming one in unity
24 Therefore shall a aman leave his bfather and his mother, and shall ccleave unto his dwife: and they shall be eone flesh.
Genesis 2:24 Meaning of They Become One Flesh
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Explanation and Commentary of Genesis 2:24
The Triune God existed perfectly in himself before he created the world. On the sixth day, he brought forth the crown jewel of his creation. Adam was the crown jewel because he was the image of God the creator. God made Adam totally complete in himself, and yet also to be further completed by his union with his wife, Eve, who God made from the rib bone of Adam, so that he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen 2:23).
As one flesh, a man and his wife are an image together of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who is one God, in three persons. This is a great mystery because the Trinity is a mystery. Part of this union is a severing of a previous union between a child and his parents. When a man or woman joins another in matrimony, they leave the household of their youth. A godly father gives his daughter away to a groom in a similar way as Adam’s Heavenly Father gave to him his wife. This is a ritual symbol of the conjugal relationship that is forming, the sacred and unbreakable bond of what “God has joined together (Mk 10:9).
This has more than symbolic implications. It is also practical. A husband and wife would do well to prefer their spouse over their parents. A husband’s loyalty is to his wife, not his mother. A wife should not run home to mom and dad whenever there is a conflict with her husband. This is difficult to learn, but crucial for a healthy marriage relationship.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Genesis 2:24
#1 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother…”
It is right for a young man to leave the household of his parents when he is able so that he can begin to build a life of his own, cultivating his relationship with God and learning to begin to fulfill his God-given purposes in life. He should learn to become independent of his parents so that he can someday be the head of a wife, and even become useful to his parents in some way.
#2 “…and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
As the young man is going along, living the life entrusted to him as an image-bearer, God will likely look at him, unless he is called to live as a celibate, and say, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18). At which point he will bring to his attention a young woman who he has called to be his helper in life. He will notice her, court her, marry her, and they will become one flesh. Their independence from their fathers’ houses will be an extension of the young man’s independence recently gained. They will reflect the image of God both as complete individuals, and as a conjugal relationship, likely including children of their own who will one day go forth like arrows (Ps 127:4) and do the same.
What Does Genesis 2:24 Mean? ►
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
It was God and not man Who ordained marriage and its many blessings in the beginning.. for this beautiful union between a man and his wife was born out of the heart of our loving God.. Who bestowed marriage as a sacred ordinance upon the creation He made.. and the people He loved.
God made man in His own image and likeness and so God knew the need for fellowship and love in the life of human-kind.. and so God made the first woman to be the wife, the companion and the helper of man. They were to live together in perfect unity and become one flesh. The invisible God made man from the dust of the earth – male and female He made them… to be united together as one flesh.
It was God and not man Who sanctified marriage and blessed it.. and it was God who commanded that a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. As with all of God’s sacred ordinances and commands, marriage was established for man’s benefit and joy, and no power in heaven or earth is exempt from God’s divine institutions.
It was God who used the beautiful picture of marriage between a man and a woman as a lovely illustration of the sacred union between Christ and His bride, which is the Church. And it was Christ, Who loved the church so much that He gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word – and so that He might present the church to Himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.. that she might be holy and without blemish.
Today this sacred ordinance from God has been violated by the foolish laws of wicked men who like the serpent in the garden of Eden have once again questioned: “has God said…?’ But God is not mocked, for God in His wisdom not only gave His ordinances and decrees to man in the beginning but He will also sit upon His throne of judgement – in the end.
The day is coming when those that institute abominable practices, scorn His precious promises, violate His righteous commands, mock His holy Word and reject His free gift of grace in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ