She was naked…..
Fashioned from a rib of a man (maybe she looked like a piece of steak? Although I kinda doubt it..)
She WAS the First Lady….the very first woman to breathe, to live….
Can you imagine?
“Then the Lord God said, “It is NOT GOOD that a man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit FOR him. Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed EVERY beast of the field and EVERY bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was his name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. BUT for Adam there was NOT FOUND a helper fit FOR HIM. SO the Lord God caused a DEEP sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and CLOSED UP its place WITH FLESH. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he MADE into a WOMAN and BROUGHT HER to the man. THEN the man said, “This at last is bone of MY bones and flesh of MY flesh; SHE shall be called Woman, BECAUSE she was taken OUT OF man.” (Genesis 2:18-22; ESV version of the Holy Bible).
There stood Adam naming all the animals one by one. I can imagine what it must have looked like! All those new, hot of the “factory” animals, walking, crawling, flying around with no names and Adam’s job is to name them all. Reading between the lines, he must have been searching for another like himself, and discovering he was very much alone. God was fully aware and speaks that this is NOT good. Everything else that God had created God said was good, Adam being alone was declared, “NOT good.”
God could have created another man, but he did not. HE CREATED A WOMAN!!! And get this, Adam didn’t wake up to this creature laying beside him after divine surgery, “GOD BROUGHT HER TO THE MAN.” (Gen. 2:22) She was a gift created for a specific purpose.
I understand from this that women were part of God’s plan FOR a man from the beginning. This is a very basic elementary truth, but to my heart I see this truth as foundational to our understanding of the “why” behind the creation and roles of women.
Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; MALE AND FEMALE he created them.” Both sexes created in the image of God! BOTH SEXES!!!! This tells me that if a man alone was not good even though he was created in the image of God, then there is another part of God’s image that would remain unseen to man if woman were not created. Get it? Male and female created in God’s image. You don’t have to be married to figure out that men and women are VERY different, so if both have been created IN THE IMAGE of God then we have been given many obvious tangibles about WHO God IS by accepting this truth.
BOTH created in God’s image, but woman was created FOR man.
“For man was not made from woman, but woman for man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man….” ( 1 Cor. 11:8)
Wow, I can just imagine the fire this biblical truth stirs in some bones today……believe me, there is something about this that pokes the rebel in my flesh too. Like come on, why would I want my life to be FOR anyone? I’m just being honest here! But for the transforming power of Christ in my heart and mind, applying this truth to my flesh I could tell you right now how my flesh would recieve this order of creation. Don’t make any assumptions about how easy it is for me to study or write of these things. I fight a mighty battle of raging independance almost every day. This study from the word of God IS TRUTH…it causes disturbance BECAUSE it is truth. Our flesh would not naturally adhere to this kind of teaching! (At least a woman with “flesh” like me with a spirit like a wild stallion).
What does this stir in you and why?
Have you pondered God’s order of things from the very beginning? If you are a woman reading this, KNOW that you are a PLANNED part of God’s creation, created to reflect and reveal the image of God in a way that a man cannot. Take some time to write down the created differences you see between the sexes. What is it about being a woman that reflects the image of God?
How is culture moving us away from this truth?