Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
We don’t understand everything about the Trinity, but we know that God has always existed in unity with His Spirit and Son.
I think that’s why God looked at Adam, the only one of his kind, and said – ‘it isn’t good for the man to be alone.’
God knew the joy of relationship – and He wanted man to know it, too.
It wasn’t a form of entertainment or work that Adam needed as he lived out his days in Eden. He didn’t need some activity to pass the time and no other part of the created world would do. God saw that he needed a counterpart, a helper, someone like him – but different. He needed another human, another person…a being equal to him to talk to, to work with, to care for, to love.
So God created woman, and Adam was no longer alone. He had a partner, a helper, someone to love as he was loved by God.
And that’s the picture we see here, as God instructed them to be as one and to be fruitful – love is an active force. It is a life-giving force. It’s nature is to be poured out to another.
Adam and Eve lived as one and they had no shame – they were wholly themselves, hiding nothing. They had the freedom to just be – known and accepted. There was no selfish motivation, no insecure covering of flaws, no comparison or fear…just a sweet relationship, peace in unity. Their unique attributes complemented each other. I believe they were content in the delight of their God, their delight in each other.
This original state of things…it is still rooted in our hearts. God made us for relationship with others — we are made to need each other, to be loved and to give love.
We are made to long for that kind of intimacy – to be fully known, seen, and completely loved as we are.
This is how our God has loved us from the start..this is the life He still wants to give us – a life lived in freedom, unashamed in who He has created us to be, secure in His love.