Marriage is the welding of two people together into one unit, the blending of two minds, two wills, two sets of emotions and two spirits.They are not two anymore: From a divine perception, a man and his wife are one, and one is an indivisible number.The Book of Hosea concludes on the hopeful note of God's saying to His people, "I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them" (14:4).This is how Hosea himself concluded the book bearing his name: "Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them" (14: 9).
That is how Christ loves His church, which is a model for every husband.His rule over her would no longer be benevolent and selfless, as it was in the beginning, but overbearing and selfish.At the Fall, began, and women's liberation and male chauvinism have ever since been clouding and corrupting God's original plan for marriage.Upon meeting his wife, awestruck Adam proclaimed, "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." Verse 24 continues, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." , not man's.In the deepest sense, every couple that has ever been married participates in a union established by the Creator himself. From the beginning, God intended monogamous, lifelong marriage to be the only pattern of union between men and women.Shouldn't the way of God be the way of His people — to love, , draw back and seek to restore the partner who is willing to be restored?Do we want God to cast us away when we're the ones doing the sinning — to treat us on a one-false-move-and-you're-done basis, as so many marriages are handled now?The Lord intends for that bond to be indissoluble as long as both partners are alive.Genesis 3 describes the disastrous fall of mankind.The Fall distorted and perverted the marriage relationship.Henceforth the wife's "desire" for her husband would no longer be the desire to help but the desire to control — the same desire sin personified is described as having influenced Cain to murder his brother, Abel.