God the Matchmaker: A Wedding Sermon

I delivered this message during the wedding of a beautiful couple–Dandin and April, last Jan. 8, 2012, at Amara, Liloan, Cebu.

marriageThere is a wedding invitation ad that read – “Marriages are made in heaven. But we make the invitations here.” Yet in the book of Genesis, the first marriage was made on earth. What makes the marriage of Adam and Eve, heavenly, however, is that their earthly marriage was made by the God of heaven. What makes your earthly marriage, heavenly, therefore, is that the God of heaven establishes your marriage.

God is the original Matchmaker. In Genesis 2, we discover three acts of God in your marriage.[1] First, God has made you for each other. Gen. 2:18 tells us, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” (ESV)

April, during our premarital counseling, you said, “he’s the one.” In Cebuano, you said, “Sya na gyud.” I like those words. They are words of certainty.

Well, God has made you for each other. God said that it is not good for a man to be alone. In the Hebrew, it is emphatic. The words, “not good,” are at the beginning of the sentence. “Not good” is a lonely man, God said.

So God makes a plan of action, saying, “I will make him a helper fit for him.” Note the first role of God in marriage. He provides a helper.

Dandin, God has made April for you.


[1] Gary Bruland, “Marriage: Friends and Lovers (Genesis 2:18-24),” Preaching. Cited January 7, 2013. Online: http://www.preaching.com/sermons/11567317/.

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