Marriage is the very first institution that God gave to mankind. God first showed Adam his need for a wife and then He Himself provided for that need. What a beautiful picture of the providence of God!
We should notice the process that God undertook in providing a mate for Adam. In Genesis 2:18, God sees the man’s need and declares that it is not good for him to be alone. In verses 19-20, God presents the animals that He has created and bestows the privilege to Adam of naming them. But there was no helper fit for the man. The idea here is not that God presented all of these animals for Adam to choose a “pet” from. God already said in verse 18 that He was going to make a helper for the man. This process of observing all of God’s creatures with their own mates would doubtlessly have made Adam aware that he himself had no mate of his own.
So, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man. What an awesome thing to know that we can sleep deeply as God provides for our needs! As Adam slept, God took from the man’s own body and formed the woman from his side. God then presented the woman to her new husband and He joined the two together. Adam, in his gratitude for God’s provision, gladly receives her as he had his own body. Verse 24 summarizes the magnitude of the institution of marriage and defines what it truly means.
From start to finish, God is the One Who perceived the need, showed the need to Adam, and then provided for that need. It was God’s actions that brought the very first marriage into being and it was He Who defined what that marriage would be. This is why man must not tamper with the sanctity of marriage nor is he at liberty to redefine it in any way. God Almighty has stipulated what marriage is and what it means. This is also why we should never take the dissolution of any marriage between a husband and wife lightly.
God the Father would again present a bride to Someone in a similar way that He did for Adam. The Church would be called the “Bride of Christ” and would be described as His “Body.” If you are a part of the Body of Christ, then you are “flesh of His flesh” and “bone of His bone.” Jesus loves us and receives us just as He receives and loves His own body. Blessed are they who are called to celebrate with Him at His marriage supper (Revelation 19:9).