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. – Genesis 2:21-25
Why would God create Eve from Adam, rather than forming her from the dust of the earth?
I would like to spend the next few posts looking at this question because there are many biblical themes that stretch from God’s creation of our first parents to our lives today.
The first application of this I would like to focus on is the rather “heinous” truth that the Word of God proclaims to a rebellious culture: headship. By God having Eve come from Adam, we cannot deduce that this means that her value is any less than Adam’s, after all she is made in the image of God too (Genesis 1:27). So, any machismo that brandishes male bravado in a chest thumping fashion is out of the question. Men are not of any higher value than women, I would and will argue the opposite in a later post.
So, rather than focus on the grand cultural scheme called “equality” I would like to focus on what the Bible likes to call responsibility. Adam was formed from the dust of the ground, and then Eve was taken from his side. We all know what happens next, Eve is tempted by the Serpent and she rebels against God and then Adam receives the fruit from his wife’s hand and he too joins in the rebellion. It is historically true that Eve sinned first (1 Timothy 2:13-14). However, we are also told that sin entered the world through one man (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21). Well, this is where the current yuppies of the age get all yuppity. Adam is responsible for sin entering into the world not Eve, because Adam is responsible for his wife. Eve came from Adam. This is headship. All husbands are responsible for their wives (Ephesians 5:22-30) because all marriages are based on creation. When God entered the Garden on that day in Genesis 3, it should have went like this if Adam acted like a true husband:
And God said, “Adam, where are you?”
And then Adam came running round the corner with a bloody club in his hand huffing and puffing, “Sorry, Lord, I was slaying a dragon.”
Husbands lead their wives. Men lead the church. This should not cause trouble in any Christian’s heart. The only trouble comes when men act like Adam and fail to honor their bride, then the created order breaks down. But our True Husband has come and in His battle He defeated the Dragon and saved His bride and He is restoring order.