In Genesis 2 Adam searches creation for a helper, judging all creatures to be unsuitable (under his authority as head). This poses an interesting question, what was Adam looking for in a helper?

The key to answering this question lies in God’s solution to Adam’s problem, Eve. As previously stated (last post), Eve (woman) is not a separate species of creature to Adam, this is because God created her from Adam’s flesh (vs23-24). All the different species God put on the earth (including Adam, human) were created from the dust of the earth, Eve wasn’t. As the Bible says:

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.
(Genesis 2:19 ESV)

If Eve had been created from the dust of the earth then she would have represented a distinct/separate species to Adam (human). This would have made her just as unsuitable to be his helper as the rest of the animals/creatures that populate the earth. Therefore it is the simple fact that she shared in Adam’s flesh that makes her suitable for him.

As if it couldn’t be clearer, Adam’s reaction to Eve makes the link plain. When God brings Eve to Adam there is no description of what she looks like or her personality, other than the fact that she was created from Adam’s flesh. So Adam says:

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.
(Genesis 2:23 ESV)

At last! Adam found what he was searching for, a suitable helper, a human helper. She is called helper because she is a good thing that added to (improved) him. It is through their union that they more fully reflected the image of God. So Adam called her woman, to reflect their union in his flesh (she was made from man).

Therefore to be human is to share in the flesh of Adam. Consequently every human is united in the flesh of Adam through the union of their parents. Which means that the only way to become a member of this human union is to be born into the flesh of Adam, through the union of the flesh of a man and a woman. Adam is the head and progenitor of the human race; this is why mankind bears his God given name (Adam means man).

If Eve had been created from the ground her marriage to Adam would not have been a human union but a union between two distinct species/types of creatures.

In my next post I will discuss the importance of marriage for the human union.


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