As God creates marriage in Genesis 2 he says that “a man shall leave his father and his mother.” A man leaving his father and mother (and reciprocally a woman leaving her father and mother) shows us the purpose of severance involved in marriage. Before you were married the most important human relationship in your life was without question your parents. That is why the Bible says so much about our need to honor, love and obey our parents. But once you say “I DO” there is a new sheriff in town. Once you get married your spouse must become more important to you than any other human relationship including your parents, your best friend or your children. In other words, husbands, if you have to make a choice between pleasing you spouse and pleasing your parents, you should choose your spouse very time.
Think about God saying those words to Adam and Eve who were, at that time, the only two people on earth. Adam and Eve must have looked at each other with a quizzical expression and asked, “Excuse me, what’s a parent?” So why would God give these words to Adam and Eve who had no parents? I think God was speaking to them as future parents and to every marriage that would take place in the future!