Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eve Was Not An Afterthought

Adam was first, but Eve was not an afterthought.

"Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'" ~ Genesis 2:18

Creation was not complete until she was formed. Male is not complete without female. Male plus male does not make one whole, nor does female plus female make one whole. And, it is clear that this was not just in the procreative process, because when the male saw the female he recognized her as his unique companion; one who would complete him.

"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 is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.' Therefore man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh." ~ Genesis 2:22-24

Whether he realized that she completed God's creative plan is unclear, but she and he together were the crown of creation. This companionship is the foundation God laid for human society. As a man leaves his family of origin and marries his wife and they form a new family, human society grows. No human society has ever survived that violated this order.