Eve really screwed us, didn’t she?
Very severe pains in childbearing. Painful labor while giving birth to children. A desire for my husband and him ruling over me.
Seriously. She sucks.
I hope that fruit was worth it.
We tend to only concentrate on a small part of her story though. Focusing on that really can make a woman wonder “why is it so great to be a woman?” We get things all mixed up when we do that. God’s intention from the very beginning was to create a strong woman.
Made in God’s Image
Eve’s story begins on the sixth day of Creation. God had already separated the light and darkness. He created the sun and stars. The land and seas. The plants and animals.
In Genesis 1:27, God created man in His own image – “male and female he created them.”
We are created in God’s image. Not just men but women also. While men are the epitome of God’s masculine characteristics, we are the epitome of his feminine characteristics. What exactly does that mean?
Where men tend to be more physical, women tend to be more emotional. This isn’t a comparison of strength (physical) and weakness (emotional). These are complementary strengths. Each one is required for different situations.
Society has perverted these things. Our emotions do not make us weak. Being merciful does not make us doormats and nurturing does not make us coddlers. Are these things possible if used in the wrong way? Absolutely! But they are not, inherently, bad. They do not make us weak. They are complementary strengths to men’s.
Each day of creation, God said, “it was good.” After creating man (Adam) though, “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
When I think of helper, I tend to think of my children. “Oh, aren’t you a good little helper?” or “Be a good helper for Mommy, mmkay?”
Am I a helper? What exactly is that supposed to mean! Again, we can read this in the context of how we may address our children (which isn’t a problem) but LORD, help the man who uses it in reference to a wife with her husband.
So What Does Helper Really Mean?
This is not the definition at all though. The Hebrew word used in Genesis 2:18 for helper is ezer. According to Strong’s Concordance, ezer means “to help, succor.” Succor is a noun that means “assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.” Nine instances of the word helper occur (not including the 126 instances of help, 24 occurrences of helped, and 7 times helpers).
Over and over again, the word ezer (or help) specifically refers to God providing help or God as a helper in time of trouble. Below are a couple of the most popular ones. From Psalms, of course! Because you know that David knew how to call on God for help in times of trouble.
We wait for hope in the Lord; he is our help and our shield. ~Psalm 33:20
I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. ~Psalm 121:1 – 2
Help in these Psalms (as in others) is the same used in Genesis 2:18.
The term “helper” is not a condescending term. God created Eve as a companion for Adam. She has an important role as his assistance in times of distress. It is no small task to be the partner that God set us out to be. Think about it. God first created all the animals. Then, He had Adam name “all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals” but “no suitable helper was found” (Genesis 2:20). Really think about that. No suitable helper was found so God created Eve! We were created as the perfect partner. Not because we are perfect on our own but because we are perfect for him. Being a helper is a great honor and responsibility.
The Pinnacle of Creation
Not to give you a superiority complex or anything, but let’s just look back at Genesis 1:31.
“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.”
It continues on in Genesis 2:1 – 3.
“So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.”
Genesis 2 continues on to give details about the sixth day when God created man – and woman.
Let me break this down for you in case you haven’t made the connection yet.
Every day, God saw what He had made and said “it was good.” He created man on the sixth day and said “it is not good for the man to be alone.” The first time God said that something was not good! Then, God searched all over for a “suitable helper.” (I’m sure there is a joke in there somewhere about the fact that he searched all over because he refused to ask for directions and Eve wasn’t there to tell him.) Back to the message.
When no suitable helper could be found, God placed Adam in a deep sleep and created Eve. God then saw “all that He had made, and it was very good.“
Eve was the pinnacle of creation!
Everything was good but after he created Eve (a suitable helper for man), he deemed it very good!
What Does That Mean for Us?
Sister, please tell me you recognize how valuable you are to God and man. Don’t get me wrong. We are not more valuable than man. This isn’t an attempt at division among us – a battle of the sexes if you will. I just want us to recognize our value and raise it up to what God originally intended – for us to gain some God-confidence!
We are not an afterthought. We are the pinnacle of creation. The final piece of God’s masterpiece. Nothing else across the entire world was suitable to do the job that God created us to do.
We are the original Wonder Women!
So how do we take the honor and responsibility and make sure we don’t blow it?
Well, that’s in the next post in The Story of Eve series.