Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Gen. 2:22)
An old story imagines a conversation between Adam and God, when the Lord was about to make the woman who would be Adam’s companion.
“Here’s what I would like,” Adam began. “I want someone who will wait on me hand and foot, cook and clean, bring me breakfast in bed, and cater to my every whim.”
“Hmmm,” said the Lord, according to the story, “that’s going to be expensive.”
“That will cost you an arm and a leg.”
“Oh. So, what could I get for a rib?”
Just a story and fictitious at that. Matthew Henry was closer to the truth when he said, “Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”
Having been taken from man, Eve was similar to him. None of the animals were suitable companions for Adam. But Eve was. Yet she was different from Adam. She was unique. Together they complemented each other.
How beautiful that God brought her to him personally. I have known husbands and wives who believed God brought them together. Their match, if not made in heaven, was uniquely blessed by heaven, just as God intended.
Give thanks for the beauty and blessing of Christian marriage.
Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife, Carol. He has served The Wesleyan Church for over fifty years and written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than thirty.
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