Where do we come from? What is our purpose in life?
If we go all the way back to Genesis 2:18 we read that it was not (and, by the way, it still isn’t) good for man to be alone. Man needed a help meet. But amongst all the creatures God had made there was not a helper found suitable for Adam. What did God do? We find out in Genesis 2:21-23 (NKJV) where it says:
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
And Adam 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.”
So how does the Bible answer the question of where women have come from? Let’s read Genesis 2:21-23 (NKJV) again. This time we are taking the text only for what it says and jotting down the facts it reveals:
- God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. (v. 21)
- God took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. (v. 21)
- God took the rib and made it into a woman. (v. 22)
- God brought the woman to Adam. (v. 22)
- Adam calls her Woman because she was taken out of Man. (v. 23)
Imagine that, God made the woman out of Adam’s rib. That doesn’t mean that we have been made out of our husband’s rib, of course. However, you and I were fearfully and wonderfully made by God for our husbands (1. Corinthians 11:9). Do you know how special this is?
Feminists will do all that is in their power to deny and destroy this truth. The fact that woman is made for man is no longer something special — women want to be independent from man and consequently from God.
Yes, there are some sayings in the Bible that seem hard to accept, some like the eleventh chapter of 1. Corinthians where it says that your husband is your head. This passage also talks about head coverings – but that’s another study for another day. Moving on to verse 7, though, you will discover that woman is the glory of man. Imagine that, you are your husband’s glory. How exciting is that?
That wonderful truth is downplayed by a society in which some men are still taking advantage of their physical strength to abuse and control women. A world in which women find it hard to accept the headship of men who do not want to be leaders. It’s a fallen world full of sinful humans who chose to be independent of God and His Word — and rather want to do things their own way.
The creation of the woman is an amazing story! If we willingly submit to God and study His Word carefully we will have to agree with Matthew Henry who wrote in his commentary that woman was:
not made out of his [man’s] head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.
God placed us at the side of our husbands to help them and not to fight them or compete with them. It’s time to trust God and take His Word seriously. God blesses obedience.