The One-Flesh Covenant as a Key to Understanding Abuse as Grounds for Divorce

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A Cry For Justice

Genesis 2:21-25 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. (22) And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (23) Then the man said, “This at last is 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 his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (25) And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Commenting upon these foundational words about the very first marriage, the Apostle Paul wrote:

Ephesians 5:28-31 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own…

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