The institution of marriage was created by God before the fall of man. Genesis 2:24 tells us “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 4, Solomon wrote that there are at least five benefits of marriage. Thus many people seek a life-long partner to achieve these benefits. In the end, most relationships are only as strong as the link that binds them together. Therefore, Solomon identifies a third element that binds husband and wife together to create this mysterious union of being “one.” This “third cord,” as he describes it, provides the stable structure that binds and bonds the two individuals into the oneness that Scripture talks about.
- Where is this “third cord” found?
- How is marital submission and sacrifice actually accomplished?
- How can a husband and wife become “one flesh?”