The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh: This one shall be called ‘woman’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body. The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame. (Genesis 2: 22-25, NAB)
The Bible does not tell us a lot about Eve, but the little bit of information we do get, paints a picture of how our faith in God should be. Eve, in spite of her sin never gives up on God and He returns her faithfulness by never leaving her.
Eve had it all and Eve lost it all. Who would blame her for losing her faith and trust in God and yet she did not. Even after she was banished from Eden and became the mother of a murderer, she still maintained her faith. How often do we as women lose our faith over much smaller things?
- Genesis 2: 21-25
God made Adam a partner. He made an equal for Adam, someone to share in his dominion over the animals, to share his life with. God created these two in His own image and had a close relationship with them. We can only begin to imagine what this time must have been like. Long walks in the garden chatting with God, no shame or embarrassment over their nudity. Eve did not wonder, am I too fat or I am having a bad hair day. All was perfect, the way God wanted life to be like for His children. Their relationship was the perfect marriage, marriage as God ordained it.
Eve was Adam’s equal, his helper, another human like him, yet unlike him. Eve was especially created from Adam’s rib, closest to his heart, signifying the closeness of the relationship between man and woman. Theirs was a marriage truly made in heaven, signaling we cannot be all God intended us to be until we become with Him. God used Adam and Eve to establish marriage as a divine institution.
Question to Ponder:
1. What is my view of marriage? Do I see it as a divine institution established by God or as a secular institution that is easily dissolved if I am unhappy?
| Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me in spite of my transgressions and failing. Please continue to guide me away from temptations and into your loving embrace. Encourage my desire for oneness with You so that I will ask for it. In Jesus Name. Amen.
All for the Glory of God,
This is an excerpt from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand