Side by Side

“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’ And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. And the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. And the man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:18-24

God gave the first man the honor of naming all of the creatures He had created. And I noticed that after naming the creatures, the man suddenly had a name, also- Adam. This is the Hebrew word for the phrase “the man”. Perhaps Adam named himself, also?

Our God is all-knowing, so of course He knew that none of the creatures would be suitable as a helper, a companion, for Adam. But perhaps He wanted Adam to see this for himself, so that he would truly appreciate what He was about to fashion for him from him. In Genesis 2:7, we are told that God created the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. But here in vs. 22, we are told that the woman is created from a rib taken from the man.

The Hebrew word used for the rib is tsela’ , which means “rib or side”. God made woman from the side of man, to walk side by side with him, to be close to his heart, and to be his helper and companion.

Adam said she should be called Woman. The Hebrew word is ‘ishshah, which means “woman (opposite of man), wife (married to man)”. He referred to himself as Man, and the Hebrew word here is ‘iysh  which means “man, in contrast to woman; husband”. He recognized that he was to be her husband, and that she was to be his wife.

God actually designed us so that literally opposites attract. And in verse 24 we are told how marriage is to be, between one man and one woman, leaving behind the birth families and clinging to each other only, becoming one flesh. This is blessed by God Himself. 

No matter what this world may tell us, God’s way is the best way. His design is perfect and true, and it is the path which will ALWAYS hold the most joy and peace. Now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t bumps and valleys and moments of sorrow and anger and pain. We are sinful people in a broken world, so there will be hard times. But God has also promised to be right here with us always, so with His help, there can be great joy and love and peace even with sin and sorrow in the picture.

I am so thankful that God designed me to be the wife of my husband, to help and encourage him, to walk side by side with him, and to keep our hearts close, always. Only with God’s help can our marriage stay strong and honoring to Him, and with God it is a taste of heaven on earth.  🙂

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