And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
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."
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Milady and I were discussing these verses recently and Gill raised an interesting question. Why did God use Adam’s rib to create Eve? I cannot claim to have a definitive answer, but nonetheless I have a few thoughts on the matter which I believe that the Holy Spirit has revealed.
When I was baptised in the Holy Spirit the Lord showed me that He protects those who are His by hedging them about in various ways, and Scripture shows this protection in various natural ways.
These are just three examples among many. Others include Noah’s Ark, and indeed the ark, or an ark, features prominently in our verses above, signifying the Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, the centre of all holiness. God protects His precious treasures in an ark.
So why Adam’s rib? It seems to me that the ribcage around the human chest is a protective shield, designed to protect the Human heart. A basket of sorts to hold essential organs like the lungs and heart, which speak of the Life and the Spirit. To take from the ribs is indicative of a sharing of ourselves, a giving at the deepest level, of what it is to be one of God’s people. This is extending God’s protection and provision from one to two, to make one together.
The whole passage points to two being made one — of The Son and the Father becoming one; husband and wife becoming one, and of us becoming one in Jesus Christ. We are essentially joined to Him body, soul and spirit.
‘Meditate on these things’
MATTHEW 19:4-6 NKJV
And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
“Jesus” — Chris Tomlin
A HOLY OCCUPATION: Oswald Chambers on PRAYER
GEORGE and GILL STEWART