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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why a Woman? - Male and Female Created He Them

Why a Woman?

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)

When God created man He made the distinction of male and female and stressed firmly that it was by divine design. It is not only the differences in the physical bodies that prove they are made for each other, but their natures and attributes also prove they were made for each other. Out of one He made two, then of the two He made one and called their name Adam. Although they lived in two separate bodies they were made one flesh and formed a union so much in harmony that God said they would be one - not two anymore. This reflected what God had done when he made Adam before He made the woman. God made another in his own image and breathed into him the breath of life and Adam became a living soul. Then Adam was to be one with God in spirit and soul, while living in a separate body.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Adam was different than the other creatures in that he had the ability to understand spoken language and to speak and communicate his thoughts with words. If Adam is going to fellowship with God and with his wife, as well as the children that will be born he must have the ability to understand and communicate by means of spoken language. So God begins to speak to Adam and Adam understands.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (Genesis 2:16)

Just a few verses down and we find Adam speaking and commanding what the names of the animals will be.

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:19-20)

The first step toward communication between kindred spirits happened when God spoke to Adam and Adam heard and understood the thoughts and feelings of another soul beside himself. The ability to communicate makes it possible for us to feel and experience the feelings and thoughts of another heart besides our own. Language makes it possible for one heart to speak to another heart - and that is the very core of what it is - it is communication between souls. The ability to communicate our thoughts with others is evidence that we were created to be social creatures and have a need for companionship and fellowship with others. The beasts are not really social creatures, even though some live in groups. Animals do not form governments, or churches, or clubs, or any other social organization. Of course, in nature there are examples of what are called social creatures, especially among the insects. (Go to the ant thou sluggard…) But the creatures that we call social creatures do not actually communicate thoughts and feelings because they are not a living soul as man is - they simply perform as they were designed by their Creator. And as they are studied and examined it is found that what appears to be social behavior actually is the result of physical things, like scents and organs in their bodies that perform functions to make the group work as a whole in certain circumstances. Since the beginning their lives have always been the same in every one of their generations. Only man has a hand in his own destiny and course of life by the choices he makes. What his reasoning approves and rejects from the Word of God and the thoughts and opinions of others affects the course of his life here as well as his eternal destiny.

Man was not made to be alone - by design he is a social creature.

… but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:20)

Adam could speak to the animals and call them by their names, but they could not speak to him. With animals it is pretty much a one-sided relationship - they receive love and attention, but they cannot fulfill that deep longing in a human soul for companionship. It is a true fact that many people prefer a relationship with a pet rather than another human being, but that just shows that man has fallen far from what God designed him to be. Those who order their lives in such a way settle for something far less and far different than what their Creator meant for them have. They do this because something in them is broken, usually from being hurt by other people, or they do it out of fear of being hurt by other people. In either case they are robbing themselves of the most fulfilling and important thing in life, which is a companion who was made to be a help MEET for them. God himself has testified that it is not good for the man to be alone and then He acted upon the matter.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Although man is a social being he cannot find fulfillment in simply being with others. You can be lonely in a crowd, so that shows us very clearly that God had something else in mind when He created them male and female. The design of the Creator was for there to be a relationship between husband and wife that is set apart and different than all other relationships.

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:21-25)

God made a woman so that the man would have exactly what he needs and longs for in a companion.

The woman is the glory of the man.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (1 Corinthians 11:7-9)

"The glory" means that she manifests his honor and his praise and his character. She does this by her own character and presentation of herself. Just as the man is the glory of God by having a heart that loves God and conducting himself in a way that honors God, so it is with the wife who loves her husband and conducts herself in such a way as to bring him honor in the minds of others. By being identified with him as his wife she makes the difference in what others think of him. She is his glory - so she either brings him honor or shame.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4)

A crown is defined as an ornament worn on the head by kings and sovereign princes; as a badge of imperial or regal power and dignity. Crown signifies authority, honor, dignity, royalty, the king - she makes him a king, not only in her own eyes but in the eyes of others. Rottenness signifies decay, stink, and abhorrence. It is HER character that crowns him or destroys him.

Woman is the completer - she was created for the man. God determined before he made man that He would make a help meet for him. God had male and female both in mind before he ever created man, but he made the man first and the woman second. God does things perfect and in perfect order.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Woman was no accident or afterthought. She was the last step in Creation, and remember that the Creation began in chaos and confusion and progressed to perfect order and godliness. God did not take a step backward and make a lower creature when He made a woman - she was the crown of the creation - made for the man. She completed the Creation and made the whole thing perfect. She fulfilled the need of the man for someone his equal to love him. She fulfilled the need of the man for someone his equal to be the object of his love. She fulfilled the man's need for a beloved one to protect and provide for. She fulfilled the need of the man for a counterpart to make him whole. She fulfilled the need of the man to have someone who was his and his alone, not through bondage, but freely, simply because she loved him. She gave him purpose and order in his life. She made it possible for him to live forever through his offspring. Her presence made possible the highest pleasures and delights of body, soul, and spirit - and this was God's idea, so it was pure and holy and right - and it STILL is.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)

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