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Bone of My Bones

And the LORD God said:
“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” The LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and while he slept, the LORD God removed one of his ribs. And with the rib He removed from the man, He made a mate suitable for Adam and brought her to him.

When Adam woke up and saw the LORD God’s new creation, he exclaimed:

“You are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, and because you were formed from man, you will be called woman.” And the woman was named Eve for she is the mother of all the living.
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Scripture reference: Genesis 2:20b—23; 3:20

“It is not good for the man to be alone” God said. This is the first time in the creation narrative that anything is deemed “not good” by God. Does this mean that God created a less-than-perfect creation? Certainly not! There is nothing sinful about man being alone, but Adam lacking a partner did mean that creation, as it was at that moment, was incomplete.

The Lord resolved to bring to fulness that which was incomplete. He announced that He would make a mate suitable for Adam. Then, God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam and removed his rib in order to create a woman.

This word “mate” is also sometimes translated as “helper,” or "succor," which holds a connotation that she would not be only a mere friend, but a helper even in times of trouble or distress. This underscores the fact that this woman whom God created for Adam would correspond to Adam and supply comfort, help, and companionship—not as someone to control, but as someone to care for.

This word “mate” is also sometimes translated as “helper,” or "succor," which holds a connotation that she would not only be a mere friend, but a helper even in times of trouble or distress. 

“God created the woman of the man’s rib, not without particular consideration; not of his head, that she should not be above him; neither of his foot, that she should not be used as a servant; but of his rib, which is not far from his heart, because man should love her, and reckon her as himself.”— Petrus Sachariae Nakskow

As Adam looks on his wife, his helper, his love, he exclaims: "Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!" The connection between man and wife is unique and beautiful. And together they will bring forth the whole human race.
 

Our Response

 

Marriage is a God-given institution that existed even before the fall of humanity into sin. When God brings together man and wife, it is indeed “good,” because they have the opportunity to help and love one another. Furthermore, Holy Scripture makes the connection that marriage mirrors Christ and His relationship to the church.
 
Saint Paul writes in the fifth chapter of the book of Ephesians that husbands should “love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her” and later, that husband should “love their wives as their own bodies…just as Christ does the church.”
 
It is a profound mystery, as Paul says, how God has given us this way of mirroring Him and His love for His people. With love and respect, submission and sacrifice, man and women in marriage image this profound truth: God loves us so much that He was willing to give up all power and glory and was willing to suffer so that we could be presented as acceptable, holy, righteous, and spotless to God.

 

 

Jesus’s incarnation, holy life, self-sacrifice, and resurrection for His people, the church, is effective and true for all who believe in Him—married, single, widowed, divorced. The Lord is the church’s perfect husband who cherishes us, protects us, forgives us, and will continue to love us forever.

This word “mate” is also sometimes translated as “helper,” or "succor," which holds a connotation that she would not only be a mere friend, but a helper even in times of trouble or distress. 

A Prayer for This Week

Dear Father in Heaven, we are so thankful that You love us. You have given us redemption and the promise of everlasting life through Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that you have created marriage to show us a picture of how You love us. We pray, Lord, for all who are married, all who are single, all who are widowed, and all who are divorced. May Your perfect love as our Husband be the ultimate encouragement for us as we live this side of Heaven, both in happiness and in trouble. Bless us as we strive to honor You in all of our relationships. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

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