Locked Together as One

While traveling in Budapest, Hungary, we came across this Chain Tree where lovers put a lock that represents their permanent commitment to love one another. This is a beautiful portrayal of the oneness God designed for married couples to perpetuate. From the very beginning God wanted a husband and wife to operate together as a singular unit. Genesis 2:24 states, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (emphasis added). The Hebrew word used for united, dabaq, means “to cling, cleave, keep close, stick to, or adhere to” (like glue). So we can think of marriage as being “glued together into one flesh.” And as Jesus firmly states, “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark 10:9). That sounds pretty permanent!