I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time – but Ive been a bit chicken.
Ok, let’s look at some scripture from Gen 2-3. Can we agree that the garden in Eden was a perfect place? God created it and He said it was “good”. Until sin showed up, everything that God did or that God initiated or that happened in there was perfect.
So if we see things happening there in that perfect environment, it is probably the way He originally wanted it to be, right?
Ok let’s go… let’s dig in…
At first… God then made man and gave him work… so men should work, right?
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Although please note that it’s not the work that we have to do today. Before sin the ground simply ground gave up it’s bounty and the man just collected it. Now under the curse the ground does not give up it’s bounty easily and we have to work and sweat. And God is commanding the man… training the man to listen to him.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man
Men need to listen to God… and work. Is that about right? (I can hear women around the world screaming yes!!) God then says… it’s not good for man to be alone. But he doesn’t bring woman along right away, there is a delay… God does something else first. This is interesting… God brings the animals to Adam so that Adam can name them
19 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.
Just think… what was God doing? He was giving the man authority and He gave it under His own watchful eye. He was letting Adam get used to exerting his authority. Also… because it was given from God directly, Adam knewWho gave him this authority (it came from God) and Adam knew that it was his to use as God directed him to. So… a man must listen to God, work and KNOW and USE his God-given authority… BEFORE his partner comes along.
God was training Adam, preparing him… before Eve came along
God wanted Adam to know his authority before Eve came on the scene. Why? Maybebecause after beautiful and lovely Eve arrives, Adam will be smitten and it will be too late to try and train Adam? Maybe. But it’s probably because God had to put these things into Adam before Eve arrives, because she needs those things to be there in order for her to find him appealing. (Heads up guys!) Then God takes Eve from Adam’s own body… not from the dust of the ground.
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,
They both KNOW that she has been taken from him. They both KNOW that no matter how different they are, she is a part of him. She is not an animal, she is the same as him. She has value because God formed her. And she was formed for a partnership with him. They both know that she is the part of him that is now missing – and together they are whole. I often see this in couples. Often the man is a few inches taller and she leans into his side, or he walks with his arm around her – she is next to his side… just where Eve was taken from Adam! Then God brings the woman to the man…
and he brought her to the man.
This is important. What was God doing when He did this? God was teaching the man his authority and giving the man work to do, God was also teaching the woman to follow Him and listen to Him.
I have seen this over and over, God deals with men and women differently
The advice he gives to men is NOT the same as the advice He gives to women. With women he is gentle and kind and soft and veeeeery tolerant. With men He is direct and gives clear instructions. Women moan and groan and Im astonished at how God bends over backwards to provide what they ask for. I never get treated like that!
And Ive come to understand why. 🙂
He is correcting the broken fatherly image that many women have. As she warms to Him, she shapes herself to Him and to His ways. Then when He brings her to her husband to be, she has become used to following and being loved and cared for. That is what she got from her Heavenly Father and she will naturally expect that from her God-given husband.
Did you know that they did not have names until after the fall?
They were completely naked and unashamed with each other. Just imagine that. They didn’t dress up, they didn’t make fashion statements, they didn’t make themselves seem better than they really are.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
If she had a bump her or there it didn’t matter to him, he loved her and accepted her. And it goes both ways. Their eyes were not opened to see other people’s imperfections. And now… Adam named Eve. NOTE: her name did NOT come from God. She was names by her husband.
20 Adam named his wife Eve
It’s amazing to me that Eve spends time with God, being shaped by Him, but doesn’t get her name from Him. God permits her husband to be to name her. And he names her Eve – the mother of all the living. And what is more incredible, Eve ALLOWS Adam to name her. Adam gives her a name and she accepts it. I can hear feminists freaking out all over the world!!! Hehehe
Jesus names Simon (Peter)
This same pattern happens when God renames Simon and says that his name is now Peter. Did Peter freak out and reject that? No. He accepted it. WHY did God rename Peter? Because Peter was very hard headed and strong willed. If Simon would not let God rename him, then he could not be used successfully to do God’s will. Simon permitted it, and then he became the first leader of the church. And in Ephesians there is another parallel…
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church – Eph 5:22
And even today when a man and a woman marry the woman (usually) takes her husbands surname. Lastly, although God taught Adam about his authority and let him exert his authority over everything, God gave the commannd to rule to both of them together…
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
He didn’t just give this blessing to Adam, He gave it to both of them. Although Adam is her head (Eph 5:22) the blessing and command to go and rule in His name is given to both of them together 🙂