HUSBAND AND WIFE
And the LORD God 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; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
When Adam was in a deep sleep, a bride came forth from his side. Down the tunnel of time, another Bride would come forth from the side of another Adam, the last Adam, Jesus Christ. When a Roman soldier stuck a spear in His side and the birthing fluids of blood and water poured forth, a Bride was born: the Church – you and me.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it,” Paul instructed the Ephesians (5:25). Husband, you are to love your wife as Christ loved the Church. In other words, you’re to die – to your needs, your desires, your dreams – because that’s what Christ did for us.
Wife, you came from the side of man, and you will find fulfillment at the side of your man – neither leading him nor lagging behind him, but standing by him, standing with him, submitting to him. But know this, wives: Your husbands will never be all you want or need them to be. A rib was taken from Adam, and men have been missing something ever since! There is only One who has it all together. He’s not called the second Adam, which would mean that there might be a third one. He is called the last Adam because there is no other. And He’s not missing a thing. Therefore, He will be the One who will listen to you by the hour and walk with you in the garden in the cool of the day. He will be the One who will hear not only the words of your lips, but the cry of your heart. He will be the One who will truly understand you.
Gang, as we spend time with the last Adam, with the Altogether One, with Jesus Christ, we take pressure off our mates and are then able to enjoy them without expecting something from them that they cannot give to us.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book “A Pillar By Day” by Pastor Jon. “A Pillar By Day” is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. www.joncourson.com