When the world was first created, it wasn't enough to have an individual man romping around the garden by himself. Expressly put, it was "not good." So God created the woman and He knit them together in the bond of marriage.
It is of note that it wasn't just two people, a man and a woman, roaming around in the garden. They were not individualized personages. By God's mysterious fusion they had became one (Gen 2:24-25). They were now a a sort of human alloy--a united entity that we now call a family.
This new cluster was to be God's tool for the rest of the work of creation. They were to be His instruments in building His kingdom. God expressly told them to be fruitful & multiply, and to rule over the earth and subdue it. Through the family God would preserve and propagate His glory throughout the world. They would bear God's name, carry out God's work, and raise up new members of His kingdom.
The fall into sin would come and history would unravel in a much different direction. However, the original design is still very much in effect. God still uses the same old tools for promoting His causes. Families continue to be central to the preservation of the faith and rule of God.
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