The Bible states that a man should leave his parents and take a wife. Why did Jesus ( as a man on earth) not take a wife? Love your videos! Thanks!
There is a slight misunderstanding in your question. The use of “should” there is slightly archaic — it’s not “should” in the “you need to do this”, but should in the “when this happens, this is what happens” sense… like if my wife were reading old British novels and happened to say to me, “Should thou go to the store today, bringest home chocolate husband mine!”
So what you have in Genesis is not an imperative commanding that everyone must be married, but rather a statement of what happens if and when there is marriage. When a man is married, he leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife — it describes the shift in the family dynamics that happen with marriage.
Hope that helps… or maybe I should say, “Should that end up helping you, I will be glad!”
Rev. Eric J. Brown
Zion Lutheran Church – Lahoma, OK