Monday, June 1, 2009

One Flesh

he month of June has always been recognized as the time of year when young men and women join in matrimony. Beautiful wedding gowns have been purchased and altered, guest lists have been carefully scrutinized, cakes, caterers and music is planned, and would-be grooms nervously sit back and watch all the twittering going on between the bride and her attendants. It is a time of year to be celebrated as two young people begin a life journey of commitment to each other.

But our God did not take this matrimonial promise lightly. It is not only a commitment to each other, but a commitment to Him and all that it contains. It is a vow to remain faithful to each other, to honor our spouse in good times and in bad. And it is intended by Him that nothing should come between the two participants that would tear down what He has established. By adhering to this belief, the couple bring God His deserved honor and glory.

The marriage covenant between a man and a woman is also an analogy of another marriage that will one day take place. That is the marriage between Jesus Christ and those who choose to accept Him as their spouse. The book Song of Solomon beautifully illustrates the love the LORD has for His heavenly bride and His desire for her. It is a love story sung by Christ to His church and by the church to its King.

Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:21-23 "...that they may be one as We are one. I in them and You in Me." Just as Genesis 2:23-24 speaks of the union of the first man and woman to each other, we shall become united as "one flesh" with the LORD on that glorious day. And what a unbelievable wedding ceremony it will be - one I certainly do not want to miss!

“The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-24

As Eve sprang from Adam’s side,
Near to his heart where soul abides;
From bone and flesh his God did make
A gift to man to call his mate.

Not from the soil of new-made earth,
Nor the loamy bed of Adam’s birth;
But from the man his God brought forth
A woman of value and of great worth.

From bone and flesh He made her thus;
Not from the life within the dust
As Adam was made to tend God’s bower
And stand before Him in fateful hour.

But from the man his God withdrew
The essence of life’s soft downy dew;
And molded her into a being refined
To become one with man and love divine.

United and joined, no one to part,
God smiled with joy and love filled His heart.
From these two creatures whom He had planned,
A greater gift would be given to man.

One day He would give the flesh of His flesh;
He’d offer Himself to bring needed rest.
A Son He would make, bone of His bones,
Who would suffer and bleed on the cross alone.

From undefiled womb, God would make
A Man from which all could partake;
Of flesh and bone He would appear,
But all who know Him will know God is near.

He shall make us one with His Holy Son,
The flesh of His flesh, the bone of His bones;
To redeem the ones who hear His call
And make His Son their all-in-all.

We’ll be made His spouse, His heavenly bride,
That heaven or earth will never divide.
And angels will rejoice and break into song
As the Lord of All Creation makes us one.

Bone of His bones, and flesh of His flesh;
United in love, a promise of rest.
Made one with our Savior Who came from above,
To make us all one with divine, holy love.

Copyright 2006 Karen L. Brahs


Marlene said...

Another jewel from your pen,beautiful!!

Katy said...

That should be read at someone's wedding someday! :)

Karen L. Brahs said...

I wanted Uncle Steve to read it at Em's, but your Mom wouldn't let me! True story! LOLOL!!