Have you ever wondered about that first encounter between Adam and Eve? I have.
The Bible says in Genesis 2:18 that it was God who recognized that “it is not good that man should be alone.” So God caused all the animals He had created to pass by Adam so that the man could give them each their name. It was in this process of naming the animals that Adam discovered that there was not found a helper comparable to him (v 20). Among all the creatures God had formed, Adam came to realize that there wasn’t anything suitable as a counterpart to himself.
God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, and performed the first surgery, removing a rib from Adam and fashioning it into a helper comparable to Adam. Why the rib and not a toe or an ear? God’s intention in creating Adam’s mate was that they be equal partners in life.
Adam awoke and God brought her to the man (v 22). Is it possible that Adam took one look and said, “Ehhhh, this is like waiting for a bus; just stand on the corner long enough and another will come by in five minutes” ? Maybe it was more like, “Oh, Lord, do I have to?” Actually, God doesn’t leave us to wonder.
Adam took one look at this special creation of God just for him and 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” (v 23). In the little known RRT (Richard Rice Translation) of the Bible, it reads, “WOWZERS! A-O-KAY! And just for me?!!!” It was a passionate, desirous, and fulfilling love at first sight.
God’s man knew that this woman was made specially for him. She came from him and they were meant to be together as one. Two bodies, one flesh. Two lives, one soul. Man and Woman, separate yet one love and purpose. And the man who finds a wife, a helper comparable to him, finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord (Prov 18:22).