Many of you already know that when Adam first sees Eve he tells her "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh." (genesis 2:23)
And so you could associate this phrase with marriage.
But later in the Bible the phrase is also used to denote how two or more people belong to the same family, tribe or group.
"and Laban said to him [Jacob], 'Surely you are my bone and my flesh!' And he stayed with him a month." (genesis 29:14)
"Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to... his mother's relatives and said to them... 'Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?’ Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.'" (judges 9:1-2)
"Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, 'Behold, we are your bone and flesh.'" (ii samuel 5:1; see also i chronicles 11:1)
"You [the elders of Judah] are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’ And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh?'" (ii samuel 19:12-13a)
Here we see that this phrase which can be used in the context of both marital and familial relationships has much to do with a sense of belonging.
People are often defined by their relationships to others, as no one can stand completely alone. As Dr. Justin Jackson said in a lecture on the Genesis Story "to understand what it means to be a human person isn’t simply to be a unique individual surrounded by all these other unique individuals made in the same way, but rather we are in sense incomplete... we have no identity if we are not in a relationship to another human person."
Whump Prompt #622
A traveller is brought to the village, badly wounded after a bandit attack. No one knows who the stranger is, but the healers do their best to help them anyway.
The whumpee swears then on to help protect the village once they’ve recovered.
This is the story of three girls, And how they came to be; From strangers a moment ago, To inseparable soulmates the very next. The world wasn't ready for their craziness, Their thoughts, their sass or their weirdness. But they didn't give a damn about the world, For they were far too drunk to care. They weren't perfect, far from it actually, But the only thing that mattered was They were together, and they were invincible, And nothing, nothing could break them apart. ~Ag and ps( @church-of-burnt-romances and @burn-like-starss )
Isn’t it adorable how some people talk to their plants about everything? I do and the bond between humans and plants is simply astonishing. You talk to your plants, make them listen to music and they grow very beautifully and healthy and humans don’t feel the need of anyone for once in their life. It’s so mind blowing when you think about it.