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This is why a man will leave his father and his mother and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. Bible

“one flesh.” The phrase “one flesh” has many implications and a very deep meaning. The most obvious way a man and woman become “one flesh” is in the act of sexual intercourse, as we learn from 1 Corinthians 6:16. However, God never intended the act of sexual intercourse to fulfill what He meant by “one flesh,” even though sex is one way the two become one.

God’s desire in a one flesh relationship is that the couple become unified in many ways, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The two, together with God Himself, become a “threefold cord” (Ecc. 4:12).

One great lesson we learn from Genesis 2:22-24 is that it was God Himself who brought the man and woman together, and in doing so both made, and defined marriage. Marriage is both a divine institution and a creation institution. It is not just for “believers,” or “God’s people,” but for all humans, and indeed, marriage is recognized by people groups of every historical time and culture.


Commentary for: Genesis 2:24