The Delight of God

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 

~Genesis 2:23~

            God has placed pictures and illustrations of his relationship with his people throughout creation.  One of those images is the picture of marriage which he formed in the Garden of Eden before sin ever entered the world.  We are told in Ephesians 5 that marriage is a picture of Jesus and the church.  This is an incredible image! 

            Unfortunately, this image is often distorted.  In various cultures different distortions of marriage appear.  In one, husbands might be tyrants while, in another, wives are cruel.  Moreover, different distortions exist marriage to marriage as well.  In response to lived distortions the church has sometimes over-corrected in its teaching.  One such over-correction is to view marriage solely or primarily through the lens of authority/submission.  This is certainly an area of distortion in modern society which needs to be corrected, but it is not the main thrust of biblical teaching on marriage.  What is more, one’s view of the picture influences the experience and understanding of the reality.  Our view of marriage has consequences for how we think about the Christian’s relationship with Christ.

            In this brief article I simply want to note the first husband/wife interaction in all of scripture.  Adam had been shown all the animals and found that none was like him.  God made Adam sleep, removed a rib, and formed the first woman.  In Genesis 2:23 we have Adam’s response to seeing the woman when he awoke.  What was that response?  Delight!  He rejoiced over this woman.  The verse is even typeset as poetry in our modern Bibles because the poetic nature of the exclamation is noted by all.  Adam rejoiced in this woman whom God had made.

            What does this show us about Christ and Christians?  If husbands are pictures of Jesus and wives of the church, then the very first word on God’s relationship to his people is one of delight!  Jesus delights in his bride.  If you belong to his bride, if you are a Christian, then you are one in whom the Lord delights.  Rest in this good gift.

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