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Marriage:  What was God’s first warning about it? 

Gary Googe Aug 16

In Genesis, the book of beginnings, we have the first marriage.  God first made the man, Adam, but saw that there was a need for him to have a woman in his life, not many, just one.  We have a summary statement about this and the whole creation in Genesis 1.  From these two people [there’s no room for evolution here] the world would be populated.

Genesis 1:27-28 

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. [Emphasis added] 

Then in Genesis 2 we have more details. 

Genesis 2:21-24 

21 And the LordGod caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 

Then in the next verse of this passage, we have a very interesting and thought-provoking statement. 

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. [Emphasis added] 

Question:  Who were Adam’s father and mother? And who were Eve’s father and mother? Answer: They didn’t have them! But what wisdom we can see in this!  Even before there were in-laws, God warns about the problems they can cause to a marriage.

Having said all this, I had wonderful in-laws.  They never, in any way that I know of, interfered with my marriage to Janet.  But that’s not common! I believe it is for this reason that we have this warning about it.  In-laws can be a huge threat to a marriage!

A primary objective of every parent should be to do their part well as a spouse to provide a great example for their children.  If you want to play a part in shaping the marriage your children have, set a good example for them.  That’s the best you can do.  They may or may not follow your example, but never let your own marriage be their excuse to be a poor mate in their own marriage.  Make it a primary goal to let them see in your example exactly what they need to be.


Therefore, even before there were in-laws, our Lord foresaw the problems and provided a warning about them. Look out for your in-laws!!! Certainly, there are some good ones and I suspect they all have good intentions, but the warning still stands.  A man and his wife need to separate from their parents in such a way as to build their own marriage without interference.  To do otherwise is to pave the way for trouble. 

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