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.” (Genesis 2:23-24)
When God presented the woman unto the man, Adam immediately recognized that she was part of him saying, “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Consequently, he (not God) called her “woman.” In Hebrew the word for “woman” is אשה ishah while the word for man is איש ish.
The Hebrew spelling of these two words reveals something very interesting. They share two letters in common — א alef and ש shiyn — which forms the word אש esh or “fire.” Each of these words also contain a unique letter: the י yod appears in ish and the ה hei appears in ishah. When these two letters are combined they form the name of God, יה Yah.
So, what does all of this mean? When a man and a woman come together as one, there is a spark – a fire – that burns between them. It is this fire that draws them to become one in the most intimate of ways. From the beginning, it was understood that God (Yah) should be in the midst of this relationship — in fact, He presented the woman to the man. If God is involved in a couple’s lives, their marriage will be as a fire that burns but does not consume, just as we see in Moses’ burning bush experience. However, if God is not allowed into the relationship, quite often that fire can become one that consumes them both, potentially destroying many lives.
And so, from the beginning, for a husband and wife to truly be “one flesh,” they must invite the Almighty into their union. If He is the foundation upon which they build, the house will stand the storms of life. May it be so in our lives.
Blessings and Shalom,