The relationship before sin
Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 20, 2011
Genesis 2:20-25 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. (21) 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; (22) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (23) 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. (24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Verse 20 shows Adam named all the animals. Who named the insects? Immediately after naming the animals God put Adam to sleep and created Eve from a rib taken from Adam, who was made from dust. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
The timing shows an important part of the relationship between Adam and Eve. After naming the animals, Adam instantly had an experience to share with Eve. Imagine everything they had to talk about from the very beginning. Adam was only a day old, and God had already given him a wealth of communication skills.
This brings up another important point. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
God told Adam about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The texts indicates God communicated this information to Adam before Eve was created. This shows Adam had the responsibility to teach Eve the commandment God had given.
Why was Adam created from dust, and Eve from Adam’s rib? The dust came from the ground. Adam was created from the same material as the animals. 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. (Genesis 2:19). The plants also sprang up from the same ground. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9). It appears Adam had much in common with many of the creatures and plants God had previously created. This shows a relationship between man God’s creation. We use the term, from the same blood to describe relatives. In creation terms, Adam was made from the same ground as God’s other creations.
Since Eve was made from a rib, what lesson can we learn from this? There is no doubt God created the earth, and the ground, but look at this from a literal aspect. There is no mention in Genesis of God creating the ground Adam was made from. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (Genesis 1:2,9). In the literal sense, God used existing material, dust from the ground, to form Adam. The Bible still indicates a personal experience between God and Adam at creation. God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Eve was created from a rib, taken from Adam, formed by the hand of God. In a spiritual sense, this shows the special relationship between Adam and Eve. Ribs, like other bones, are part of the structure which determined Adam’s physical shape. Ribs protect the heart and lungs, which contain the breath of God.
When we consider the fact Adam was given the responsibility to inform Eve about the tree of knowledge, in essence, he was charged with the responsibility to protect Eve. Quite a turn in events. God uses a rib, a symbol of protection, to make Eve, and give Adam the responsibility to protect her. Since Eve was made from a rib, she also bears responsibility for protecting Adam.