We’re in the third week of studying Eve as part of our Mummy Meditations, and it is already shaping up to be such a good series! You can find Part 1 here and Rachel’s write-up of Week 2 here. This week, I’m looking at Genesis 2: 22-23:
“Then the Lord made a woman from the rib he had taken out of man, and he brought her to the man. The man said “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman” for she was taken out of man“. Genesis 2:22-23
Made from Adam’s rib?
We looked last week at how Eve was created to be the perfect equal to Adam – to stand side-by-side with him, caring for God’s creation and being a companion for him. We discussed the word ‘helper’ and it’s connotations of being an assistant… So here, does that fact that Eve was created from Adam’s rib make her weaker?
I personally really like the idea that Eve was created from Adam’s bone. They are from the same flesh: and this links to the idea of becoming ‘one flesh’ in marriage. What I hadn’t realised was that God took the bone away and built it up. The Hebrew word is literally ‘built up:’ God created the female form out of that bone.
Eve: With God First
Not only that, God then brought the woman back to Adam. In our Mummy Meditations Facebook Group, one lady put it: “Eve was with God before meeting Adam. I wonder what God would have said to Eve in those moments…his precious daughter, newly ‘born’ into his arms, the one he’d been thinking of from before all time. I can just imagine him as a proud new Father, so excited, pouring his love out on her.”
I have loved thinking about this. I know exactly how I have poured my love into my new babies, and how much more love does God have for us?!
Eve, meet Adam
Just imagine that first meeting between Adam and Eve. The sense of wonder and joy they must have felt. Was it love at first sight? I imagine so.
Adam says, “This is now.” The translation of this is interesting: one commentator puts it colloquially as ‘At last.’ At last, this is what Adam has been waiting for. And he gets to name her: woman. Again, commentaries seem to be really clear on this – the name is simply because she is ‘like man’ but different in gender. There is no sense of ownership or weakness in the word ‘woman,’ but just that she is ‘different to man.’
I like the ‘bone of my bone’ and ‘flesh of my flesh’ too. Bone for strength, and also for the word ‘self’ in Hebrew – so “She is part of my very own self.” “Flesh” gives the sense of tenderness and gentle qualities that they would have seen in each other.
The first couple
So there they are. The first man and woman. The first husband and wife. Loving, open, equal. Living with God, walking with him every day. Taking care of the things He has given them. That’s a pretty good image of a marriage, isn’t it? I know not all marriages are like that, of course, but it’s something to aim for!
Next week, we’re looking at Genesis 3:6: “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Rachel will be writing up her thoughts over on Rachel Ridler: Mum on a Mission. I hope you can join us!