die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."
e) This is the kind of commitment needed. When one partner is down, the other helps them up.

3. PRESERVATION [11]
Eccl 4:11 (niv) Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
a) Can’t keep warm alone. God looked at Adam and said “It is not good for man to be alone” He needs a partner
Loneliness is terrible.
“If you’ve given me the gift of celibacy, please take it back”
b) God has given us marriage so that we can help one another along this journey of life.

4. PROTECTION [12]
Eccl 4:12 (niv) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
a) In battle one person can’t protect his back
b) Defend one another ... don’t run one another down
c) A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Any ropemaker will tell you that the strongest rope is a threefold rope. The largest number of strands that can all touch one another is three. If you take away one and leave only two, obviously the rope will be weakened. But if you add an extra strand and make four, you do not add to the strength of the rope because the strands no longer touch one another. If you have a rope of three strands, one even two of the strands may be under pressure and start to fray as long as the third strand holds, the rope will not break.
GOD IS THE THIRD STRAND!
d) Triangle of love: ... The way to get closer to each other is to get closer to God

Conc Marriage is a good thing because:
• as two you are able to produce more
• you can help each other when one is down
• marriage is good because loneliness is bad
a) you can defend one another