Creation Story, Part 2: Gender Equality – Genesis 1-3

Adam&EveInGardenOfEden2The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18, NIV).

In the Creation Story in Genesis 1 God created man and woman at the same time (Genesis 1:27). Genesis 2 seems to describe a second creation story providing details about human origins. In fact, most of us consider Genesis 2 an elaboration or embellishment of the first creation story, believing it to amplify the description of the sixth day of creation in Genesis 1.

Instead of a replay of the Creation Story described in Genesis 1, perhaps Genesis 2 is a continuation of the Creation Story, possibly the next chapter, in God’s already created order describing the first people God chose to work His redemptive plans and purposes for all of humanity.

Nevertheless, we must not interpret the Creation Story as a scientific explanation of the origin of human beings. We should receive the story for the redemptive message it delivers regardless of how allegorically or literally we believe the message is expressed.

To find a suitable helper for Adam, God had Adam search through all the animals and none were equal to him to become a “suitable helper.”

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The Immortals – Luke 20:27-40

Jesus-angels“Jesus replied, Marriage is for people here on earth. But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:34-37, NLT).

The Sadducees were a branch of Judaism that did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. To refute the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, they posed an ad absurdum argument to Jesus regarding a woman widowed seven times.

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A Helper Who is Just Right

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”  (Genesis 2:24, NLT)

In the Genesis account of the creation of woman God recognized that man needed companionship and determined to “make a helper who is just right for him” (vs. 18).

First, God formed all the wild animals and birds and brought them to the man (Adam) and he gave names to all of the species of animals.

Still, there was no helper who was just right for him. So God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep and formed a woman from a part of his side.

When God brought the woman to Adam, he compared her with all the other species of animals on earth that he had previously assessed and recognized that she was of the same essence: “This one is bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh” (vs. 23).

So, she was “just right” for him and him for her!

It is this unity between man and woman that forms the basis for the marriage union. The marriage union between a man and woman is not a human conception but is rooted and grounded in the created order; thus, it is God-ordained.

Marriage between a man and woman sustains the role of humanity in the created order and is the basic building block of human society. But, the institution of marriage is highly susceptible to attacks from Satan in his attempts to destroy or disrupt the created order.

So, recognize that your spouse is “just right” for you and continually pray for the preservation of your marriage.