The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
It’s a truth I’d somehow missed, and it could revolutionize many homes. From childhood we learned that Eve was created to be a “helper suitable” for Adam (Genesis 2:18). However, misunderstanding “helper” can wreak havoc. Sadly, some have used this verse to suggest that women are in some way inferior or subservient to men. Yet nothing could be further from the truth!
First, it should be noted that out of ALL God’s creation, the only thing He said was “not good” was that Adam was alone. It was the man who originally needed a helpmate, not woman! But more importantly, we need to understand what “helper” actually means. The Hebrew word (ezer) means “a help” or “helper.” But that doesn’t add anything to our understanding does it?
However the way this word is used outside the Adam/Eve creation story brings incredible insight. Ezer is used 19 additional times in the Old Testament. In 16 of those, it describes Almighty God as the Helper! (The other three describe the assistance of a military force).
These helpers were mighty and powerful! They were not servants of the ones being helped, but rescuers and providers. Likewise, woman is not man’s servant or a genie at his beckon call. She is the unique compliment God knew men needed. Devoted. Reliable. Sensitive. Caring. Nurturing. But not less valuable, and not subservient.
About the creation of woman, Matthew Henry once stated: “The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam. Not from his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him. But out of his side to be equal with him; under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.”
Lord, thank you that in your perfect wisdom, You created them; male and female – exactly as You knew each needed. May we always treat one another accordingly!
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