Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness... So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
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. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
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.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
When God created Adam, He created mankind; this was His greatest creation because mankind was created in God's image. Think beyond just the physical, think of both the male and female characteristics, emotions and to the very essence of what it is to be male or female. Together, they give a complete picture of God. When God created woman, He used the rib--which is in the core of the body, near the heart. He pulled out the female characteristics and created Eve--woman. He took the complete picture of His image, created two physical beings AND then created the covenant concept of marriage to make them one--the complete picture of God.
Becoming one isn't about having sex, it isn't just a physical act. It is when your spirits become one. It is emotional, intellectual and it is physical. It is when your mind, body and spirit become so intertwined that you can't see where one starts or ends. It is like blending coffee and cream; once together you cannot separate it again.
Today, we are so afraid of "losing" ourselves when we marry. But in a covenant marriage as God shows us in Genesis, what if letting go of who we were allows us to become something better?
When Satan sees a husband and wife living as one, he sees the total reflection of God's image. He is hellbent on shattering that image and replacing it with his own.
Genesis 1:26-27 Genesis 2:18, 21-25