Marriage Is Symbolic

Series: Adventures In Dating And Marriage | Week 2: Sacred Intimacy

Read Genesis 2:23-24 + Matthew 19:3-12 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


1. How does Genesis describe the first marriage?

2. What does Jesus quote in Matthew 19?

3. How did His disciples respond to His teaching?


Something mysterious happens when a man and a woman are married: two become united into one. Adam described this unity as flesh and bone of his very own. He and Eve became one not just physically, but emotionally, socially, spiritually – in all ways. This union is a symbol of God’s perfect unity within the Trinity and of the relationship He seeks to have with us.

The Trinity describes God’s three-in-one existence as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are one, but each person has distinct roles. When a wife and husband become one, their unity and companionship are a picture of the perfect companionship God has always known.

One distinct role Jesus fulfilled was perfect sacrifice. He came to die for everyone’s sins, and He came to have a personal relationship with you. You are Christ’s beloved bride, along with the global body of believers that make up the church, and He is your groom. If you’ve accepted Him as Lord, then when He returns, you’ll take part in the wedding feast celebrating the marriage of Christ and His church, His victory over evil, and His making all things new.


How would you describe the symbol of marriage to a new believer? What has God revealed to you about Himself through a marriage in your life, whether your own or someone else’s that you’ve observed?

Adventures In Dating And Marriage