And the Most High God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Early in Genesis we find God’s design for marriage (Gen. 2:18-25).
This text describing the original marriage is the basis for almost everything else the Bible says about marriage. It explains God’s reason for designing marriage and also gives us many principles which, if applied, will enable us to build marriages which honor God and bring lasting joy to us.
The text teaches us that: God designed marriage to meet our need for companionship and to provide an illustration of our relationship with Him.
God acknowledges our need not only for fellowship with Him, but also with a life partner.
That means that He knows best how it should operate.
His Word gives us the principles we need for satisfying marriages. Since God designed marriage, it takes three to make a good marriage: God, the man, and the woman.
Marriage has been described as a triangle with God at the top: the closer each partner moves to God, the closer they move toward each other. The further each moves from God, the further they move from each other.
As soon as Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they experienced alienation from each other and Adam began blaming Eve for his problems (3:7, 12). Broken marriages always involve at least one partner moving away from God.
So the starting place in having a marriage according to God’s design is genuine conversion and a daily walk with God.
The husband needs and even depends on his wife’s support and help. But we also need to remember Paul’s words that “man was not created for woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake” (1 Cor. 11:9).
The fact that God created the woman as a helper points to her supportive role to her husband, even before the fall.
A man is incomplete without his wife. God designed it so that the man needs the woman and the woman needs the man (1 Cor. 11:11).
God made Adam out of the dust (2:7).
Why didn’t He make Eve out of the dust? Why did He make her from Adam’s rib (2:21-22)? I believe God did it to show Adam that his wife was a part of him. A man is to cherish his wife as his own flesh (Eph. 5:28-29).
As has often been observed, she was not taken from Adam’s head to rule over him, nor from his feet, that he should put her down, but she was taken from his side that he would protect her and keep her close to his heart.