Marriage In Genesis – No.1

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18

In order to believe this verse, one must first believe several things.
1. That God exists.
2. That God made man.
3. That God cares for man.

The principle in this verse is that woman was created for man, and that a man is incomplete without a woman.

God decided to make a helper, (not a slave) and one that would be suitable to the man’s needs. He did not make someone who was the same, but someone different. Woman is opposite, but compliments man.

I find this interesting in light of Hebrews 11:6 “and without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

God exists. God made man. God cares for man.

This post was amended 0n 8/19/11

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4 thoughts on “Marriage In Genesis – No.1

  1. This is truly an amazing verse to me and in so many different ways. It has really helped me understand just how important our relationship with God and others are to God.

    As an example, take God’s description of man, without woman, in Gensis 2:18 as being “alone”. Alone?! In Genesis 3:8 we’re given insight that God would walk in the garden where the man and his wife lived. Why would God choose describe man as alone when God was there with him?

    Why also in Genesis 2:18 and 20 does God describe man as lacking a suitable helper? Why would God describe man in this way when God is capable of helping in any circumstance?

    Similarly, why does Jesus say in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”? Surely God is with us even when we are alone (Romans 8:31). There are numerous examples in scripture of God being with, and using people, who are not with other believers at a particular moment.

    And look at all the examples of God using people to accomplish His will (e.g., using Joseph to save lives from starvation). Why is God so willing to allow us to share in His glory? He certainly doesn’t need us, but He sure seems to want us.

    To me, these verses and others all point to our God being a God of relationships. He wants us to have a relationship with Him and others.

    I’m not sure I would describe woman as opposite of man, but definitely agree that men and women have some differences. And I would advocate that God meant those differences for good, similar to how the body of Christ is described to us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. I find it unfortunate that so many Christian marriage/family counselors portray the differences between men and woman negatively – as if it was something to endure rather than thank God for.

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