March 22, 2004

What God Puts Together
"For this reason a man will leave his father and 
mother and be united to his wife, and they will become 
one flesh" (Bereshit / Genesis 2:24).

One of the most wonderful concepts in the Bible has to 
do with our privilege of working together with God. In 
the Bible we see that when God wanted something done 
on earth, he would give the task to a human being. 
While he had angels at his disposal, what we know of 
their work was to deliver messages to people, giving 
them directions from God. Throughout the Scriptures we 
see God making his plans and purposes known to people.

Just because someone knew the will of God, didn't mean 
that they would necessarily do it. Some would obey, 
and some would not. Personally I don't think it is a 
good idea to go against God's will.

King Solomon, who oversaw what was perhaps the 
greatest building project in the history of Israel, 
wrote, "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders 
labor in vain" (Tehilim / Psalms 127:1). In other 
words, it makes no sense to try to accomplish 
something that God is not himself involved in. If you 
don't believe in God, this may not make much sense, 
but if it is true (as I believe it is), whether you 
believe or not, you are right now involved in things 
that God may or may not be involved in. Those things 
that God doesn't like, in the long run, aren't going 
to do you or anybody else any good.

One of the areas of life that the Scriptures make 
clear that God is involved with is the marriage 
relationship. From the early days of human existence 
men and women united in marriage. The first book of 
the Bible describes this uniting as becoming one 
flesh. Many years later, Yeshua commented on this 
passage, saying,

"'Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the 
beginning the Creator "made them male and female," and 
said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and 
mother and be united to his wife, and the two will 
become one flesh"? So they are no longer two, but one. 
Therefore what God has joined together, let man not 
separate.'" (Matthew 19:4-6).

Therefore when a man and a woman are united in 
marriage, this is not just a human decision and a 
cultural tradition. It is actually an act of God. 
While we are definitely involved in the process, there 
is a spiritual dynamic occurring whether we 
acknowledge it or not.

Note that it is a man and a woman that God joins 
together. There is no hint that this special 
relationship can be experienced by anyone else.

Some may attempt to create intimate unions between 
people other than a man and a woman. Certain societies 
may tolerate this, others encourage it. People may try 
to put together whatever they want, but if God is not 
in it, then a true union will never occur.

Understanding God's involvement in marriage may help 
us to explain why marriage break ups are so 
devastating. No matter how easy our society makes 
divorce, souls are being torn apart.

This should provide encouragement to people struggling 
in their marriage relationships. Since it is God who 
unites us, then he will provide us with what we need 
to stay united. If both parties desire to work things 
out God's way, they can then be assured of heaven's