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What does it mean to Cleave

Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by Christina, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. Christina

    Christina New Member

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    When the Lord God made a woman. He made her from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to him. The man said, 'Her bones have come from my bones. Her body has come from my body. She will be named "woman" because she was taken out of a man.' "That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two of them will become one" (Genesis 2:7, 22,-25). One version of the Bible says, "For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh" (verse 24). "So a man must not separate what God has joined together" (Matthew 19:6; See also verses 8, 9).Think about that... God made the man (Adam), and then the woman (Eve). God Himself brought her to him. God Himself ordained that they would be joined together in holy matrimony from the very beginning of the world. He said that the two of them would become one flesh. This is a picture of marital intimacy... the act of love that is never to be between anyone else but the two of them. "...it is good for a man not to touch a woman, but because of immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband" (1 Corinthians 7:2,3).To "cleave" means we don't cop out when things aren't going right. It includes talking things out, praying things through, being patient as you trust God to work in both of your hearts, being willing to admit when you're wrong and asking forgiveness, hanging in there with your spouse when everything seems to be going wrong, and seeking God's counsel regularly in His Word.