I wondered early in my walk with God – was there a wedding in the Garden of Eden? Then it occurred to me, of course there was. After all Eve came from Adam. They were one before they weren’t. That sounds like a Yogi Berra quote. But it’s true.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Gen 2:18 (ESV) 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[h] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 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.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (emphasis added)
There it is in black and white. “Hold fast to his wife”. The first marriage. The perfect marriage. Ordained by God, created by God, and blessed by God. Nothing could go wrong, right?
All creation lived in perfect harmony. That seems unimaginable. In today’s culture that would be an impossible reality. The notion has profound implications though. It suggests to me that the experience is over, never to be encountered again. That simply isn’t the case.
And that’s the memo.