This is not saying that women should not love their husbands and husbands should not respect their wives but we meet their greatest needs when husbands love their wives and the wife respects her husband.
If you glue two pieces of paper together and then separate them, each is torn and part of the one remains with the other and by doing so, this leaves both pieces of paper compromised and much weaker than before, when they were both joined together.
Women and men are certainly different; that’s a no-brainer but a key difference is that men are commanded to love their wives “as he loves himself” while the woman is commanded to “respect her husband.” The woman’s greatest need is to be loved while the man’s greatest need is to be respected.
One is easier to overpower than two who There are some very interesting points in these passages.
For one thing, God performed surgery on Adam and took a rib out of his side to create the woman named Eve.
If you read the entire chapter of Ecclesiastes eleven you will see that this is talking about the necessity of two being better than one.
We can easily see that this could apply to marriage but it could also apply to close, godly friends as well.
The Hebrew word for cling or be united to is “dabaq” which means “to cling to, to stick to, and to stay close to” which fits nicely for the institution that marriage is designed to be and one in which is a God –ordained, God-created institution.
The man is then told to “leave his father and mother” to be “united to his wife” and then “become one flesh.” What is often overlooked is the fact that the man is to leave his father and mother or we could put it this way.
He is to leave out of his new family his father and mother, meaning there should be no in-laws interfering with the new family that has been forged and formed by God.
This rib seems to point to the fact that they would stand side by side and share part of their anatomy and nature with each other.
That doesn’t mean that the man is to stand in front of the woman.
Also he is to “leave and cleave” (some translations use the word “united to” or “cleave to or bonded to” like glue bonds two pieces of paper).The man is to be bonded to his wife and the two who were once separate now become one in essence.