God created the woman – Eve

On the sixth day of creation God created mankind.

… in the image of God he created them; male (manly) and female (womanly) he created them.   (Genesis 1:27)

How God created mankind, the man Adam, as spirit, soul and body was discussed in the study ‘God created mankind’.   (Genesis 2:7)

God placed Adam in an exquisite garden.

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.   (Genesis 2:8)

Adam was then given an assignment:

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.   (Genesis 2:15)

Until now it was always said that God saw that everything He had created was good.
However, when He saw Adam alone in the Garden of Eden, He said:

It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.   (Genesis 2:18)

According to the OLB the translation from the Hebrew can also be interpreted as follows:

It is not good (not pleasant, not sensible), for the man to be alone (to be separated, to be lonely). I shall make (bring about, bring forth) a helper (someone who helps, a protection), suitable for him (who is striking, who equates to him, who is parallel to him).

After God had created the woman, Eve, creation was complete and we read:

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.   (Genesis 1:31)

When God decided to give Adam a helper who was like him, He did not place a woman in the Garden of Eden suddenly. God never forces anything on anyone. Adam had first to discover that he was lacking something.

This is why God brought ‘all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky’ to Adam:

… to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.   (Genesis 2:19-20)

It is not stated anywhere, but God created the animals as males and females.
When Adam saw them all passing before him, he discovered that he himself was alone. He had no one like himself, no one who equated to him, no one he could look in the eye.

When Adam had discovered this:

… the LORD God caused the man (Adam) 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. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.   (Genesis 2:21-22)

In this verse as ‘the man’ is used twice as the translation, but it says in Hebrew that God caused ‘Adam’ to fall into a deep sleep. It is from Adam’s body that God formed Eve.
Afterwards, when He brought her to ‘the man’, this means that the union of a man and a woman is universal, and not only limited to Adam and Eve.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.   (Genesis 2:24)

The relationship between Adam and Eve was a role-model for the future, when God says that a man will leave his father and mother in order to be united to his wife (to stick to, to grasp) and to experience a spiritual and physical unity with her.

It is God Himself, Who established marriage as a creation order.

9. Huwelijk

 

Adam and Eve in paradise, two perfect people, lived in perfect surroundings and in a perfect relationship with their Creator, God.

 

The Bible testifies:
Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.   (Genesis 2:25)

 

They did see each other’s body when associating with each other, but they knew each other above all ‘in the spirit’, as personality, as soul, as a result of which they had no feeling of shame about their nakedness.

 

 

Adam and Eva are a role-model for the first marriage, which is elaborated in the following study.

 

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