You put on the pretty white dress. Check for the 100th time that you have your something old, new, borrowed, and blue. The procession starts, and your big day is FINALLY here.
Just like Adam and Eve, right?
Probably not. The early books of Genesis talk about many marriages but never go into detail of how they are married and what that commitment means.
In the first book of Genesis, there is a very common theme; everything that God created was good. In Genesis 2:18 we hear a different song. “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Then in Genesis 2:24 we get our first idea of marriage when God claims “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”
So if the first marriage was given by God to Adam as a help to him, then how do we go to Isacc’s and Rebekah marriage where seemingly all it took was for him to take her.”Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her.“(Genesis 25:67)(Biblegateway) If that is all it takes for people to be married; than I am sure there are people running around with more spouses than they’d care to admit. So much for commitment issues, right?
There are different view points as to what makes a marriage official in God’s eyes. The least likely of the theories meaning a consummation of the marriage. You’re welcome, Hugh Hefner. Although Genesis doesn’t go into much detail of the ceremony itself, I have come to understand that the requirements of a marriage aren’t as complicated as they might seem.According to my research there are a few requirements to sustain a marriage. “As long as the requirements are reasonable and not against the Bible, a couple should seek whatever formal governmental recognition is available. A couple should follow whatever cultural and familial practices are typically employed to recognize a couple as “officially married.” If possible, a couple should consummate the marriage sexually, fulfilling the physical aspect of the “one flesh” principle.” (GotQuestions.com). From reading Genesis 25, I have come to understand that the girls father is to be paid and the marriage must be consummated. The current laws of the land where what dictated the ceremony. Although there were many faults of marriage in the Bible, the marriage was created for a man and woman to stay exclusive to one another. (http://minuteswithmessiah.tripod.com/question/marriage.html)
This led me into looking into the constitution of marriage. God created marriage, to be good! Why? What is the point of having a partner? While looking into this I saw there are 5 main reasons that God created marriage.
“1. To Avoid Fornication. (I Corinthians 7:2) “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
2. Procreation And Rearing Functional Children.
3. To Serve And Love Another.
4. For Two To Become One.
5. Husbands And Wives As Christ And The Church. The home is a reflection of Christ and the Church. “
Seems almost simpler, doesn’t it? Here is some gifts, I promise to be yours, and they lived happily ever after. . http://youtu.be/lWtTdRmSrYQ?t=2m4
Of course, after further reading the stories you soon discover a marriage then is no easier than a marriage now. None the less, it is a blessing from God. No matter how it happens, or the ceremony it takes for it to be official, it is still a sacred thing.