The institution of marriage is given in Genesis 2:24-25. This institution is attacked by just 43 verses later when Lamech, offspring from Cain, takes two wives to himself. Thus, the ideal of marriage is shattered at the very beginning by the strange case of polygamy. While we do not experience much of this in the United States, polygamy is a serious threat to the biblical ideal of marriage.
Matthew Walker is pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Cary, NC. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University, Maranatha Baptist Seminary, and Piedmont International University. He is married to Becky and together they parent their two teenage children, Aaron and Melanie.