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The Marriage Covenant Essay

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Covenant of Creation, Genesis 1-5The Covenant of Creation is the foundation of the universe, and of the entire human race before sin entered the world. It describes the purpose of man's creation and the meaning of his existence on the planet. In this covenant, God committed Himself to the wise ordering and continuance of the universe until His purposes are fulfilled. Even though the word covenant is not found in the account of creation, Jeremiah 33:20, 25 refers back to God's Covenant of Creation : "Thus says the LORD: 'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with night, so that there will not be day and night in their season . . . If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth . . . '"The Covenant of Creation is two-fold: (1) The ordering of the universe (2) Man's purpose. With God as the "greater ruler," He has the authority to impose a covenant on His creation. Since the other party is not an equal, there is nothing they can offer to the covenant except obedience. God's creation -- the stars, sun, earth, etc. -- continue to work in harmony according to their design; in other words, they cannot choose to co-operate. Man, on the other hand, was given a will; he can choose to obey God's covenant or disobey. God gave man a free will because He desires mankind to love Him by his own choice.In the Covenant of Creation, God provided life, food, and fellowship for man. He also pronounced death as the penalty for breaking the limit that He placed on their dominion. "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.' " (Genesis 2:16,17)Man was made in God's image and likeness, which means that man has spiritual, emotional, moral, and intellectual capabilities. When God created mankind out of the dust of the earth, He created one man, Adam. The woman, as a separate being, did not yet exist. After creating everything in the beginning, God pronounced it good. The only part of creation that God considered not good was that man was alone. God then created woman and instituted marriage, the union of man and woman. He commanded them to "to be fruitful and multiply" -- to have children. This clearly shows us that God instituted both marriage and the family. He also established order in marriage and family life: man was to leave, cleave, and become one flesh with woman. Jesus said, "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together let not man separate" (Matt. 19:6). Before sin entered the human race, God had a pattern for marriage and the family. We need to know what His will is concerning family life since God created the family. If we examine God's design established at creation, we will find a blueprint for our families today.Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according...

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