18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 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.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Adam was created to have dominion over the animals and of the earth and the birds of the sky. As he named one animal after another, Adam must have grown close to them. They may have been more like friends to him than pets. But Adam was superior to the animals. They could never be “suitable helpers” to Adam.
For that, Adam would need another creature similar to himself, but other than himself. By making Adam’s woman from Adam’s own flesh, God created the perfect helper—one with a separate entity from Adam’s but a shared “sameness.”
By separating the maleness of Adam from the femaleness of his wife, the original “Yin” and “Yang” were created. Both are necessary to the whole. As the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
It is apparent to me that from the first God meant for men and women to be two parts of a whole. When married people ignore their “oneness” and live as if they were each two separate beings, they are not fulfilling God’s purpose.
God says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” We should not forget that.
– Betty Killebrew
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