In the beginning God created man as one (Adam alone), however this oneness did not reflect the oneness of God initially. God clearly states that the unity of Adam (alone) did not reflect his unity, saying:

“It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
(Genesis 2:18).

Though God passes his judgement of “not good” it is only after Adam had realised that none of the creatures God had placed under his care were suitable to be his helper that God acts to create woman. It is important to see that Adam’s oneness is a matter of relationship as well as fact. God could have acted before Adam understood the problem, yet he didn’t, this is so that Adam could understand the nature of his problem. While Adam was created as one his natural state was not to be alone, reflecting the natural state of God (one but not alone).

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

(Genesis 2:18-25 ESV)

God created woman (Eve) so that man would not be alone (either of them). There are four important implications about the creation and existence of Eve that need to be highlighted to properly understand the unity of perfect humanity in the beginning:
• Eve does not represent a separate type of creature or a new type of humanity
• Eve is not a separate humanity to Adam, she is the same humanity
• The unity of mankind is a unity of flesh and marriage
• The marriage of Adam and Eve is the archetype of the relational order and mechanism God gave to mankind for the unity of mankind, and
• The unity of humanity with Eve (male and female) more fully reflects the image of God than Adam did on his own.

Ultimately what this reveals is that the perfect man was(is) never supposed to exist in isolation. God always intended (when he determined to make man in his own image) that man should be one but not alone (a human unity/family).

In my next post I will flesh out the above observations to explain what perfect human unity was like in the beginning.


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