Why does a man leave his father?

“That’s why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. The two of them become one.” – Genesis 2:24 NIrV

The book of Genesis records many beginnings. We read about the beginning of creation and the origin of humanity. We find out about the first sin, the first cities, and the first people. And in the midst of all that, we also read about the very first marriage. It’s a marriage that serves as a pattern for every other God ordained marriage. If you’ll read Genesis 2 closely, this will become very clear.

After creating Adam and having him look for a partner among the animals, God causes a deep sleep to fall on Adam and fashions a woman from his rib. Adam is overjoyed. He shouts, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23). Immediately after this, as an aside, we read, “That’s why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. The two of them become one” (Genesis 2:24 NIrV). This verse lets us know that Adam and Eve’s experience is representative of every married couple’s experience. When a husband and wife are married, they are no longer two separate individuals. They are one.

In order to communicate these truths to your child, it’s important to begin where scripture begins. Before creating Adam, God notes that “it is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18 NASB). Ask your child how they feel when they’re alone. What sort of thoughts go through their mind when no one else is around? After you’ve spent some time thinking about being alone, ask them to think about why God made us to be with others? Why isn’t it good for us to be alone?

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