Genesis 2, Adam’s Rib
Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 6, 2011
(Genesis 2:21) 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;
When God took the rib from Adam, God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. Why didn’t God just take out the rib using His powers to build and separate? Why did Adam have to sleep when he gave up his rib? Is this something special which relates to the relationship between a man and a woman, or does it simply show, Adam was asleep, or could not function as designed without a woman? At the time, Adam was the only thing God created without a mate.
(Genesis 2:22) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
The rib was taken from Adam, the man. God had caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep so the removal of the rib was without pain. God could have created woman from the dust of the ground like he did for man, but the connection between a man and a woman needed a physical representation, because it is more than a spiritual, and emotional connection, God creates a physical connection. Adam knows this. We see Adam’s understanding because Adam says the following.
(Genesis 2:23) 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.
Adam describe the physical connection God placed between man and woman. The beginning of a spiritual temple built to the Lord begins in the home. Christ is the foundation, the corner stone, where the married couple is fitted in as one stone. The husband and wife must be of one mind in their relationship to Christ. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden, specially prepared for them by God. Eve was Adams mate, to help him tend the garden. God knew how important it was for man and woman to work together, build for the future, create a closer bond, invest time, and effort in the relationship.
(Genesis 2:24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
In a way Adam spoke a prophecy. Adam left his father and mother, those who created him, to cleave to his wife, to be one flesh. When Eve ate the forbidden fruit, Adam chose to stay with his wife by eating the fruit himself. Was Adam’s love for Eve stronger than his love for God? Is this good or bad?
The man is to leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife. A husband is to be closer to his wife than anything else on earth. A husband has a love for his wife deeper, stronger, more powerful than anything else he experiences. Love between a husband and wife is the closest example we have, the closet example we can experience which shows us the Love God has for us.
The woman was created from man’s rib, from his side, from inside if him to show how close the relationship should be. It also shows how much pain a man suffers when his wife decides to separate from him. Coming from a rib shows how a woman has the power to either protect, or hurt a man inside.