As we read throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, Israel 'according to the flesh' was infamous for her rebellions harlotry! Though her God had proven time and time again that it was only through His strength that she could stand, she showed time and time again her weakness and the rebelliousness of her wicked heart!
In Ezekiel 16, God recounts, through the prophet, and in metaphorical language, how He had taken Israel from among the nations and made her holy unto Himself. Furthermore, we read in this account, in very graphic and suggestive language, how she turned from the safety of His wings and sought the lewd embraces of other gods. We need not read very far in Scripture, even during the Exodus from Egypt, how she spurned the blessings of His Presence and lusted after the sin of her own concupiscence!
From the Beginning, when 'God planted a garden eastward in Eden' ( Genesis 2:8 ), the man He had created strove with Him, forever testing his will against the Will of God! Several times throughout the History of His Creation, God caused great calamity to fall upon them because of their rebelliousness and wickedness, most notably in the Great Flood of Noah's day. Through the Divine Long-suffering, though, they were never totally destroyed; there was always a Remnant!
The History of Creation, and specifically, the History of Israel, is all about how God brought Heaven to Earth, first, in the form of a Garden planted ( Exodus 15:17-Amos 9:15 ), and then in the Tabernacle & Temple. Finally, at the Consummation of the Ages, He sent His Son to redeem & marry His People, and reveal Him ( and Them ) as His True Temple; this was the Reconstitution of Israel!
Our Heavenly Father formed His human creation in order that their union might be a picture of the union that He wished to experience with His People! In his letter to the Church at Ephesus ( Ephesians 5:31 ), Paul reasserted the words of God in Genesis 2:24, then explained, 'This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church'. The first marriage on record was not just the union of two souls; it was ( and is ) a picture of the Marriage of Heaven & Earth!
As the Offspring of this Marriage,
Charles Haddon Shank