And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 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. 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. 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; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18-25)
The first “not good” pronounced by the LORD God on any aspect of his creation, occurred before the fall of man. Therefore it had nothing to do with Satan,sin or evil. God’s plan was not yet complete, for the LORD God had purposed that man was not to be a solitary actor, it was not good that the man was alone. God would make for him a help meet (suitable and complimentary) for him.
This need for marital companionship was seemingly underscored by the Divinely assigned task of naming all of the animals. Obviously, none of the beautiful creatures, as unique and interesting as they were, could possibly meet the need of the man for a life companion.
As Adam did the work of the first zoologist, naming and classifying the animals, as they paraded by Him in their own company, it became obvious that He needed a counterpart also, someone he could relate to, and to share life with.
How does God turn a “not good” into a “Good”?
The LORD God did something about the problem that looks a lot like death and resurrection.
God put Adam into a deep sleep, that he might perform a kind of surgery upon him. The first human blood was shed here, for God removed from the first man a side,(Not a rib as the KJV says, but a side, in the Hebrew). He took a side out of Adam’s flesh, to form a woman from Adam’s side. The LORD God had to close up the flesh of Adam,(Was this the first scar?).
The Woman, who came out of Adam’s side, was different from Adam, but the same. Both comprise the Image of God, for it is written, “Male and female created He them in His Image…”. But the woman was fashioned in a different and more refined way than the man. Man was formed out of the ‘dust of the earth”, the soil. But woman was fashioned out of the side of man, refined and refashioned soil.
Even the order of creation is significant. Man was created first, then woman. The woman was formed as a help suitable to the man. Centuries later when PAul was teaching the church, he refered to the order of Creation as a reason why leadership in the church should primarily be male,
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.( I Timothy 2:12-13)
Men and women are equal but different, according to the word of God. Gender is not a mere human construct, as this evil Age insists. Male and Female are in fact God assigned roles, based upon the mode and order of creation. The deliberate repudiation of these roles is one of the ultimate expressions of the World’s final rebellion against God himself.
Whatever a tormented soul does to his or her body in this evil generation, cannot change the fact that every chromosome of his or her body remains either male or female. There is no true transsexual, only tormented and ruined eunuchs, the flotsam of our Age’s so-called “Sexual revolution”, anyone of whom, Jesus would forgive and heal with his love.
As Adam came out of his deep sleep, he stood there before God, with the scar in his side, waiting to be presented by the LORD God, with the first woman, a creature of astonishing beauty, no doubt.
This particular scene in the scripture, foreshadows an ultimate presentation, for the ultimate groom also, has a scar in His side, and awaits the time when the Father presents the final Bride, the Lamb’s wife, the body of the Messiah, the church, purchased by His blood.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.(Revelation 19:7-9)