God's Masterpiece

    In the God-planned life, after courtship and engagement comes the long looked-for wedding day, with its attendant rapture of joy and promise of happy years to follow.  This union of two lives constitutes what the Scriptures describe as marriage.
    The Lord Jesus spoke the final word on this institution of marriage when he answered the critics of his day, and declared:  "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife:  and they twain shall be one flesh.  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
    If we would be instructed aright, we must obey our Lord's words and turn to the early chapters of the Bible and discover in Genesis the divine pattern of marriage.  From these remarkable statements we learn that:
1)  Marriage is desired by God.  (Genesis 2:18)
2)  Marriage is determined by God. (Genesis 2:21-22)
3)  Marriage is defended by God.  (Genesis 2:24)
    So we see that the ideal marraige is desired by God, determined by God, and defended by God.  If this be true, then "What...God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Written by- Stephen F. Olford
Taken from  The Marriage Affair - The Family-Counselor
                 Tyndale House Publishers
                  Wheaton, Illinois
                  Copyright 1971
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