Within the creation account, there was a pattern: God created and it was good, God created and it was good, and so on and so forth. On the sixth day God finished creating the world, and He said, “It is very good.” This teaches us something practical: wait for the finished product. When trials come we only see part of what God is doing, and when we trust in Him we believe that He does work all things for the good of His people (Romans 8:28). Therefore, though we struggle today, the sixth day is coming.
Alas, not everything was good. God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We always say you are never alone because you have God. But if God is the one who keeps us company, who keeps God company? The beauty of the creation account is how it reflects the Creator. For instance, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky proclaims his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). And because we are made in his image we can have a basis for the natural things we experience like knowledge, logic, or even, in this regard, relationships. Contrary to popular belief, this concept of Adam being alone does not show a need for marriage, it shows the need for relationships in general. We need relationships because our Creator has had an eternal relationship with His Son and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, because Adam was not reflecting God’s Trinitarian relationship, God made Eve.
19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
The fact that Adam was naming the animals in verse 20 shows how work is not a bad thing; it is a good thing. We work because we bear God’s image and God works. If God did not work, this post would not exist because life would not exist. This concept of Adam working removes the confusion about salvation by works or faith because God gave the gift of life to Adam, and he responded by giving the gift of obedience. In the same way, salvation is the free gift of God that causes us to respond with the gift of faith and obedience.
21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Clearly, marriage is something God controls and God establishes for his people. If God is not behind who we marry, how can we expect the marriage to last? God ordained marriage will last because God lasts. Now the reason God has submission requirements for a woman is not only because the Trinity consists of the Son submitting to the Father, but because of how God made the woman: out of the man’s rib. Matthew Henry mentions this in his commentary on the text: “Man was from the dust and refined into a man, but woman was from the man, which means women are double-refined.” But he also adds the need for submission because of the way God made the woman: “[Eve was] not made out of his head to be the head…But out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him” (Henry, Matthew, An Exposition of the Old Testament).
In conclusion, God saw something bad (man being alone) and made it good (by providing Eve). God did the same thing for you and me. Our bad is clearly seen by God in this psalm: “The Lord looks down from heaven and saw none good no not one (Ps. 14:2-3).” God saw bad in the earth, so he sent good to the earth: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).” Just as God gave Eve to resolve a relational problem, God gave Jesus Christ to resolve a sin problem.
This week’s devotional was written by Cameron Fathauer. Cam is a sophomore at Boyce College participating in Southern Seminary’s “Seminary Track” program to receive His undergrad in Biblical and Theological studies and receive a Masters of Divinity. He also blogs weekly on DearMrChristian.com.