We heard a great message today from our Lead Minister Tim Stewart! It made me remember a something I was taught a couple of years ago on the very passage Tim spoke from in Genesis 2:18-24
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Ezer means help but in many cases where the root word ezer appears in other biblical text, it is associated with strength or power. Coupled with the verses that “woman” was taken from man and is called bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, we should see the idea that woman is created as an equal power or strength. We get the idea that woman is created as mans “ezer konegdo,” Hebrew that means a help that opposes.
Think of it like this, if you were to take one board and stand it on edge it will fall over. What happens when you take a second board and lean it against the first? You have one board that is exerting equal and opposite force against the other board.
A help that opposes
An equal and opposite force that helps.
This thought should push out any idea that women are subservient to men. That is simply not how “woman” was designed in Genesis. She was to be Adam’s help but why, why create woman? The answer to that comes in verse 18.
It is not good for man to be alone
I am convinced the reason God gave Adam the task to name the animals was so he would see none of them as suitable mates. We, male and female, are made in God’s image (Genesis 1;26), the word for image is tselem and would be more accurate as God having carved his image and likeness in us. And when both a Christian husband and wife treat each other as such, then God’s image should be readily evident. The world around us should see something different than marriages that are not God-centered.