The end of Genesis 2 records the first marriage ceremony with God the Father giving the bride to the waiting groom. After Adam awakens from his slumber and the Lord presents the woman to him, he responds with joyous acceptance of God’s good provision. Every animal had paraded past him with none being a suitable counterpart (2:19-20). But now this woman, who had been taken from his flesh and bone, was at last the one.
Then in verses 24-25, a parenthetical comment further explains God’s design of marriage. In marriage a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife to become one flesh. God’s intention is for the marriage relationship to be one of deep intimacy and unity, as expressed by the closing refrain of the man and woman being naked with no shame. Marriage like this is for our good and for God’s glory as it pictures the relationship between Christ and the church (see Eph. 5:22-33).
How has marriage—yours or someone else’s—helped you better understand God’s love for you?