#Int’lWomen’sDay: Women are precious gift from God to man

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Genesis 2:21-23 “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman”, for she was taken out of man’.“

EVE WAS PURPOSEFULLY CREATED FROM ADAM’S BODY.

From the above bible quotation, we can say that indeed; women are precious gift from God to man. If you are of convergence view, let me ask you this , ‘Why didn’t God make her from the dust as he had made her husband? Why this kind of miracle with such an elaborate procedure? God knew the offence it would cause in the 21st century and yet he made woman this way. Why? What is the significance of this? There would be a number of reasons;

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i] Because it was God alone who made woman in this way Adam could never tell Eve, “Remember all you are you owe to me. You came about because of my initiative, my plan, my prayers and my skill.” No. Let me again remind you that Adam was in a virtual coma, totally unconscious, and God alone was at work devising and accomplishing the creation of woman. Woman is what she is through an act of God; her design and her gifts are all due to the Lord. “I am what I am by the power and love of God,” every woman can say.

ii] Because God made woman from man Adam immediately recognized that she was something of himself. “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh,” Adam said. She was of Adam and from Adam. She was made of the very same substance as himself. She wasn’t made out of inferior stuff, nor was she made of superior stuff. She was the very bone of his bone, and the flesh of his flesh. She was related to him as Adam’s own limbs were related to him; “After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it” (Ephs. 5:29). She filled a place that Adam could never have anticipated when he was considering and naming all the animals who shared the Garden of Eden with them. God chose to build her from Adam’s rib – the word is used everywhere else in the Bible of the side of something. Here alone in the English Scriptures it is translated ‘rib.’ There are some beautiful familiar comments on this fact and they go back to an ancient Jewish commentary on the Torah, then they were picked up by one or two of the church fathers, and later repeated by the Puritan Matthew Henry in his commentary. Many of you are familiar with them but I will quote them to you because of their truthfulness, “Eve was not taken from Adam’s head that she should rule over him, nor from his feet, to be trampled under foot, but she was taken from his side that she might be his equal, from under his arm that she might be protected by him, near his heart, that he might cherish and love her.”

iii] Because God took woman from the side of man Adam had to suffer something; he experienced a loss; there was a removal of a fine, healthy, living part of himself out of which the woman was made. He was no longer what he had been, though if you glanced at him he appeared to be unchanged. Adam had to surrender a part of himself for Eve to be made. Moses tells us that God saw the wound in Adam’s side and he covered it with flesh, as a loving Father sustaining Adam in a time of hurt – like a mother binds the wounded knee of her child. You wouldn’t have been able to find any operation scar in Adam; the Greatest of all physicians doesn’t leave any scars. God did everything to support Adam at this loss, but Adam knew, “Part of me has gone.” Adam continued working on in the Garden replenishing and subduing it, but until the day he died, centuries later, he knew that by himself he was not complete humanity, and not the unique unchallenged crown of creation. Somebody else was also wearing the Crown of the Divine Image. Something had been taken from Adam and he could never be wholly man until he was joined again to the part that had been taken from him.

Do you see the significance of that for the Christian understanding of marriage? The Bible is telling us that marriage is more than a union, it is a reunion. It is not a union of alien persons who do not belong to one another and cannot appropriately become one flesh – sexual congress with beasts is exactly that. When Adam and Eve were united it was the union of two persons who originally were one, and then had been separated from each other, and now in marriage had come together again. That is the glorious mystery of marriage; the union of husband and wife is not focused on their bedroom activities. There is in marriage a blending of complementary personalities in the rich oneness of husband and wife, the outward union symbolizing a much deeper spiritual complementarity. Adam lost part of himself in the creation of woman; when they came together in marriage that “oneness” was restored.

iv] Because God had made woman from the man there was fusion between Adam and Eve for the rest of his life. There were unbreakable bonds attaching him to her and he couldn’t isolate himself from her because she was part of his being. Adam might ignore the animals and birds in Eden, and the fish in the rivers. He might never even see some of the shy nocturnal animals from one year to another, and still Adam could live a rich complete life, but that was not possible if he were to ignore Eve. She was inalienable. He couldn’t disinterestedly distance himself from her without enormous damage to himself. To deprive himself of her was to deprive himself of himself.

Eve too was attached to Adam. She could not go to a hidden corner of the Garden and build a little single woman’s house there and fill her life with her own tastes. That would be to deny her origin and her place in God’s design for her and him to be joined together. That is not his plan for every person; it was not his plan for his only begotten Son, but it was his plan for our first parents and they knew it. God made man and woman interdependent and there was nothing these two could do to escape from that. That was God’s doing; his grand design. He made them for each other. Each could protest and deny their dependence on the other, but that would be to their irreparable loss. Do you remember that there was a man possessed of a legion of demons who was delivered by the Lord Christ. He begged Jesus to allow him to spend his future in the presence of the Lord. “Go home!” the Saviour commanded him; “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mk. 5:19).

v] Because God made the woman from him Adam was made more aware of his awesome responsibility as the federal head of the human race. All the next generation, Cain and Abel and all the other children and grandchildren and great-grand-children came from him. His decisions would have a massive impact on them. All mankind, including Eve, the first woman, came from one source, Adam. He was the beginning of humanity and he was also the representative of humanity, and so the New Testament can say, “As in Adam all die” (I Cor. 15:29). Every single person is dead in sin through the defiance of rebel Adam, and Eve became no exception. Together this reunited couple fell, and together they died.

vi] By this divine way of making woman Adam without any doubt knew that Eve had been prepared from him, and she was made after him, and she was made for him, to be his unique wife and helper. Adam and Eve were, of course, equally in God’s image and likeness, but the timing and purpose of their creations indicated they were going to share a difference of function. The woman was created to help her husband; her vocation in life was dependent on that. He was made first and she followed his lead in the creation process; “I was made for him,” Eve thought to herself. “He needs me and is incomplete without me, just as I am without him.”

So as Christians you must believe in the creation of Eve in this way. Some people say they believe the New Testament but not the Old Testament, but what does the New Testament say about this incident? It binds you to believe it; it is quite specific in two places. First, in I Corinthians 11:8&9, “For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” The second is I Timothy 2:13, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve.” Paul the apostle of Christ was filled with the Spirit of Christ when he wrote those words.

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