A Helper for Adam ~ Genesis 2:18-25
Genesis to Revelations Series

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:18-25, Galatians 3:28, Psalms 115:9, Genesis 1:26, 1 Corinthians 14:34, Genesis 1:28

Genesis 2:18-25 "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."

In the last half of chapter two of Genesis we see that God has determined that it was better for Adam not to be alone in the garden and so God created a helper for Adam.  This was not just any helper but had to be one that was "comparable" to Adam.  Something that would meet Adam's intellect and abilities.  Initially God formed and provided various animals and brought them to Adam and Adam named them but among them there was no suitable helper for him.  So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and while Adam was sleeping God took a rib from Adam and formed a woman for Adam.  This is significant because by using Adam's rib, rather than beginning again with dust or clay, God Himself identified this part of His creation directly with Adam.  She was made from Adam's bone and was paired with Adam on purpose.  She was bone of Adam's bone, flesh of Adam's flesh.  Adam called her "woman" because she had been created from his own body.  This is the first marriage.  God provided the best and most suitable helper for man; a woman.  The Word of God confirms this by saying, "Therefore", meaning 'because of this', what Adam said and what God did, "a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."  This is very clearly God's design for marriage. The very last verse (25) reveals to us the state of mind that man and woman were in prior to the fall.  Because sin had not yet entered into the earth, the nakedness of man and woman didn't change anything to them.  They were not ashamed and had no reason to be ashamed.  They were simply as God had made them and that was fine.  But after sin entered into the world, the world became a fallen creation and man and woman became sinful and their hearts were darkened with sin.  Nakedness became shameful because the lust of the flesh became unholy.  This does not mean the sex is unholy, but the heart that drove the lusts of the flesh itself was unholy and even the earliest man and woman became aware of it.  We'll read more of this in the next chapter of Genesis. 

God did not create a slave for Adam, He created an equal helper, created in His own image, with co-management responsibility in the garden.  He paired Eve with Adam purposely.  Galatians 3:28 says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus."  We have differing roles based on our strengths and weaknesses but our value and our callings are equal in importance.  When God created woman as a helper "comparable to man", the Word of God uses the words "help meet".  Now in the original Hebrew transcripts the word from which "help meet" was "ezer" often also seen as "azer". God made for Adam an azer who is his complement or equal.  In Hebrew, azer is used 19 times and most of those times it is used to denote God Himself as our helper. The word means a "helper like unto God."  This also agrees with the Word describing man and woman have both been created in God's image.  The same word is used in Psalms 115:9 saying, "O Israel, trust in the Lord, for He is their Helper and shield." The term is always used to describe someone who brings significant help and as someone who helps deliver another from a great dilemma. When the ancient Hebrew speaking Israelite heard the term used to describe Eve, he would have been impressed. He would have thought of women, therefore, as a significant and needed God-like gift from God. 

Women are viewed in the Bible as wonderful gifts. Sadly in the past even today women are often looked down upon in the church as being of less value and in the home as well, but this is not a Godly view of women and is not an accurate view of women in the church.  Genesis 1 is clear that men and women are equal because both are created in the image of God. Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make humanity in our image, according to our likeness, in order that they might rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over the beasts, and over the earth."  Because both share God's image, they were to share the responsibility of ruling.  Because of the lack of education for women in times past women have not always been able to provide the help they were created for but today education is available to both women and men alike.  Paul's statement which called for women to remain silent in churches were never meant to be commandments over today's church or society.  When Paul called for women to be silent in the church He said, "Let YOUR women keep silent in the churches."  (1 Corinthians 14:34)  Paul was addressing a very specific problem within the Corinthian churches.  The Corinthian women were uneducated and were creating confusion and so much noise in the services that the services were hindered completely.  This has very sadly been used against women for ages and unfortunately has been accounted for in our Lord's record of our deeds as laborers in the Kingdom.  Many unrepentant of this kind of oppression will answer to this unloving and un-Godly oppression when they give account for their actions before the Lord.  Not only those who have oppressed the Kingdom work of others, but those women who have used that as an excuse not to answer the clear call of the Lord in their lives.  Let your mind be clear here as for God's intent for the creation of women.  Far more has been made of it than ever needed to be and sin entering into the earth bears a great deal of the blame.  God simply added another human to the world and created that human to be a perfect match for Adam, to help Adam do the work of the garden and to be his mate.  This is why God created her somewhat different physically so that the two together could "be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth." (Genesis 1:28) 

'Different' does not mean 'less in value'. This argument was made in Scripture when the spiritual gifts were being discussed as well.  We all have different gifts, but no one can look at another's gifts and say they have no need for them simply because they are different gifts.  This is the same principle.  This is something that society has had to reface over and over again in its existence.  People of color are no less because they are different.  Children have no less rights because they are young.  Women are no less valuable because their bodies function slightly different.  Jesus Christ is the head of the church and the head of every believer in the church, regardless of gender, color, age, etc.  Within a marriage God has created the man and the head of the family, but that does not mean that women are of less value nor does it mean God does not call women to be an agent of the Kingdom.  

In closing let me share a quote from David Eckman, PH.D. (seminary lecturer).  He wrote, "Romans 5:8 states, "But God recommends His own passionate love toward us, in that while we were continually sinning, Christ died for us." The genders are different, but not different in worth. Worth is determined by what the buyer wants to give for the desired possession. In this case, God was willing to give a Son for us.  Men and women are equal in creation, reign, blessing, and worth. God values people, and people have to realize the value He places upon them. Indeed, Jesus Christ is an equal opportunity sufferer for both genders. Whenever we begin to feel worthless, ashamed, or guilty, we should shift to how He values His children, both women and men."

We will be addressing this subject in many other ways throughout the study of the Bible but let's conclude the study today with understanding that God created a helper to stand by Adam's side, not under his feet or in front of him, but by his side.  And she is a perfect gift to him from God because he was in great need.  It is both Adam and Eve's responsibility to care for the garden and both bears the responsibility to abstain from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.