Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7-25, Genesis 5:2
Within seconds God transformed misery into happiness. Sewage no longer covered the earth now lush with plants. Flying creatures soared through the air. Great whales frolic in the sea coming alive with amphibious creatures.
Everything God did is “good,” but he was not finished. Again we see God speaking before he acts.
“Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Gen 1:26).
Genesis 1 summarizes humanities creation. Genesis 2 offers a timeline.
- Spoke his intentions.
- God created man
- God planted a garden filled with trees to supply food for the man including one forbidden tree.
- God put the man in the garden to tend it.
- God explained the consequences of eating from the knowledge of good and evil.
These five things happened before God created woman, which makes God’s initial statement revealing. He said let “them” have dominion before there was a “them.” Eve was part of God’s plan before he made man.
God’s next statement reveals God considered Adam being the only one of his kind inadequate.
“It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18).
Surely, God knew exactly what Adam needed. But I doubt Adam knew what he needed. Instead of forcing woman upon the man, God formed a variety of animals and presented them to Adam. Adam named each one, but rejected them as a suitable helper. None of the creatures walking and flying could understand what it is like to bear the image of God.
God’s stated purpose for creating a woman is to prevent Adam from becoming lonely. To find a solution for something God knew would be a problem, Adam must sacrifice a part of himself. God used a rib from Adam to create a woman in God’s image.
Neither Adam nor Eve entered the earth through the womb of a woman. Both of them were created in God’s image. Both are human. God affirmed that man and woman are equal in his eyes when he said to “them”, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen 1:28, KJV).
Adam affirmed woman is his equal when he said, “this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh” (Gen 2:23). From this point in humanity’s history forward every male and female entered the earth through a woman, including Jesus.
God could have created slaves to bow to his every whim. Instead, he gave humanity a noble purpose. He gave Adam and Eve dominion over the good things he created. Eve served an additional purpose. She is God’s solution for man’s loneliness. Only an equal can dispel human loneliness.
While my first images of God were his judgment upon rebellion and the darkness and misery that followed, everything that happened afterward is good. When he created man and woman, it was very good. He entrusted his good things to humanity. When he saw something that was not good, like man being alone, he acted to make it good. The God I follow is full of goodness.
*OT:120 ‘adam (aw-dawm’); from OT:119; ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)