by Kristen C. Strocchia
“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:21-23
I love that God created some key things in an order that is totally counterintuitive to human logic. I mean, some things came in logical order–land then seed, seed then plant, water then fish, chicken and then egg [Genesis 1:21…well He didn’t speak eggs into existence, but He created mama chickens and then they laid eggs].
But then there are those stumpers. First light, then the sun, moon and stars to govern it. First the man, then the woman with the organs to conceive more offspring. With this skeleton of the Creation, it is impossible to overlay it with the theory of evolution. According to evolution, the sun, moon and stars had to precede light, and a female human would’ve had to precede a male. I mean, a hybrid Eve-Mary story would’ve made so much more sense scientifically.
We won’t know for sure until we get to heaven, but it sure seems like God did some things so that His Word would be undisputable. After all, He knew everything from the beginning [amazing to realize that He willfully subjected Himself to our sinful nature, knowing full well how it would all play out]. This is the only time in history where woman comes from a man’s body! And God gave humankind the ability to grow back the lower rib as a testimony for all time of His creation of the first woman.
And–when Adam awakes from divine anesthesia and God presents His new helper–Adam immediately recognizes her for who she is. She is like him. Made in his image, sharing God’s image, but somehow different. She is a part of him, but not. She is God’s chosen helper. She is woman.
Do you recognize God’s image in your fellow human beings? Do you recognize His testimony of Himself in all of Creation?