Summary: This sermon can be adapted to fit the anniversary of a couple in your church celebrating many years of marriage.

Marriage Is A Commitment

Genesis 2:21-25

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to 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.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Pat and I had our 40th wedding anniversary yesterday.

How have Pat and I made it through 40 years of marriage?

Well, let me ask you a question.

If I asked you what 4-letter word…

describes what weddings are all about…

you probably would say “It’s L-O-V-E…love!”


We don’t go to a wedding

to hear the groom tell the bride that he loves her

and for the bride to tell the groom that she loves him.

So what is a wedding all about?

Weddings are about V-O-W-S…vows!

We go to a wedding to hear the groom and bride…

makes vows to each other.

They stand before a preacher and make commitments.

Sadly, in our culture today,

too many people are breaking the commitments they made.

I found this information on the internet:

After decades of increases, U.S. divorces are leveling off with couples now slightly more likely to reach their 10-year wedding anniversary. But the "seven-year itch" among couples persists, with nearly 1 out of 2 first marriages estimated to end in divorce. The census report partly attributed the small declines in divorce to a recent jump in couples just living together. Divorces climbed most sharply in the late 1960s and 1970s, amid the passage of laws that made dissolving marriages quicker and easier.

While many separations and divorces occur around five or 10 years, some recent higher-profile examples of splits occurring much later include former vice president Al Gore and his wife Tipper, who separated after 40 years, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who separated after 25 years.

Point #1 Marriage is a commitment between a man and a woman.

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

God performed the first marriage.

He ordained it as One man, one woman.

There is no place for same-sex marriage!

There is no place for polygamy.

However, our culture accepts behaviors…

that were once disgusting.

Some of the first behaviors to be accepted culturally were adultery

and an unwed couple living together.

Originally considered shameful,

adultery and cohabitation are now widely practiced and accepted.

The Old Testament tells about men who had more than one wife:

Abraham had Sara and Hagar.

Jacob had Rachel and Leah.

David had 8 wives:

1.Michal, King Saul’s daughter.

2Ahinoam of Jezreel,

3 Abigail the Carmel,

4 Maachah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur,

5 Haggith,

6 Abital,

7 Eglah, and

8 Bathsheba

Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

Just because these men practiced the behavior

doesn’t mean that God approved the behavior.

The Bible reports it, but doesn’t support it.

In fact, the Old Testament tells about men

who had just one wife:

Adam and Eve,



Isaac and Rebekah,

Moses and Zipporah,

Mary and Joseph.

One man, one woman, one life.

So the first essential for a godly marriage is monogamy.

If you will look at the previous verses of our Genesis text,

you will see that God had one and only one mate for Adam.

Look now in Genesis at chapter 2 verses 18 to20.

Genesis 2:18-20

And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

Can you imagine the parade of animals Adam sees going by?

Adam sees that every animal has its mate, but he has no mate.

Then after he wakes, there she is!

God has made him the mate perfectly suited for him.

Just one and it’s a female!

For most everyone, God has a unique mate.

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