Genesis 2:18-23 God Creates Woman from a Man

Genesis 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be along; I will make him an help meet for him.

I read this verse in the Bible and it was astounding what it said to me.  I don’t know if people ignore what it says, or just don’t see what it says.  God makes a man on the earth and turns over control of His creation to this him.  Almost every time in the work of creation, God would do something and say, that was good.  This is the first time we have a statement that something is not good that God has done.  Before this we have had occasions to notice like on day two of creation when God did not make the statement that it was good, but now we have a direct and explicit confirmation that something wasn’t good.  What is the implied information given to us by that statement?  The implication was that the man was alone?  Did that mean spiritually as well as physically?   We know that God is a spirit, later we see in chapter 3 where God would come down and walk in the garden to talk with the man.  But apparently in the eyes of God the man was a separate being not a part of the heavenly family.  Not a part of the angels, not apart of the trinity.  Not associated with anyone or anything in heaven.  This if you did not realize it is a division or separation from God.  The creation of a being that was not in covenant relationship to God.  Of course that does not mean as I noted earlier that the man could not have a conversation with his father, God.  We will see more implications of this as we go but for now, I thought that was interesting.

 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.

Genesis 2:22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

There is more valuable information in these two verses of scripture and you’ll see why later.  We have the fact given to us that the woman was taken out of the side of the man.  That is another reason God called both of their names Adam, because they both came from the same body.  This is so important to see.  What was the surgical operation that God performed?  God opened the flesh of his man and took a bone out of his side and creates a woman from it.  Where did Adam get his DNA, it had to be from God his Father.  Where did Eve get her DNA, it was from the man.  All of this was done for what reason?  So that the man would not be alone.   What was Adam’s response to what God had done?  He makes this statement which is absolutely critical to understand:

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.

Did you see the statement?  Adam declares the woman’s body to be his body.  A body consists of flesh and bones.  God created her body from a part of his.  So the end results is that they are one body.  It is really a simple math problem,  If you take 1 and multiply it by 1, you get 1.  1 male x 1 female = 1 body.  Or you could say it this way, God divided 1 body into 1 male and 1 female.  1 divided by 1 is 1.  This is God’s basic math of marriage.  There is a principle stated here that will be applicable later when I talk about Jesus.  Then in verse 24, God restates what Adam has declared in the Genesis law of marriage:

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..

This is another one of those verses that I don’t think people have understood completely.  You see it has vast Biblical implications and explains many things that happen in our relationship with God, but I won’t get off track for now and attempt to explain any of that.  What we should see is the statement and how it applies to Adam since that is what we are talking about.  What we observe is God’s three step program for marriage.  First step, we can see that God says that the man will leave or separate from his family, which consists of his father and his mother.  Step two the man will marry a wife.  The term cleave is used but it means to be joined to.   Finally step 3, the two will become one flesh.  Isn’t it  absolutely amazing that God didn’t know Adam didn’t have a father and a mother.  Ok, I was being a little facetious trying to get your attention.  Of course God knew who his father and his mother were, but did you?   I think if you have been reading my blog you know that Adam’s father was God.  Now who the mother is, I will not be able to address for a while.  So what is the net results of this statement?  What we see is another stated division between man and God and a joining of the man to the woman to be one.

What normally happens when humans get married?  They usually move out of the parents house and establish a new family and household.  So while they were a part of one family, they left that one and now they are the establishment of another new family.  You do understand that God has a family in heaven?  So by creating a man on earth, we saw that already Adam had moved out of the family of God in heaven.  But God said it was not good for the man to be alone, so God creates a woman for the man and they two now create and establish a new and separate family on the earth.  The key words here are New and Separate.  A family that didn’t exist before, a family not a part of God and the beings in heaven.  In case you didn’t know it, God is working on a plan.  What does that plan involve?  Not only the creation of a new family on earth, but how does God get rid of the unwanted family members in heaven?  Some might say God is God and He is sovereign and He can do anything He wants.  When people think like that, it just shows how little they know God.  God is a covenant making God.  What is a covenant?  I probably need to spend weeks exploring all the information in the Bible about covenants.  I would suggest if you have never studied covenants that you do some research and study covenants.  What is a covenant?  How are covenants made?  Who can covenants be between?.  Briefly I will tell you that a covenant is equivalent to a marriage.  A marriage in the eyes of God as we have seen means that they are one.  I know I’ve implied a lot of new information in this blog that you have probably never considered, so I’ll stop here and let you think about it.

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Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on November 11, 2009, in Bible Study, Chapter 2, Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks. I love to read and get nourished by all religions of the world.They all have something very valuable to teach. In a more mystical way I can relate to Christianity. “I and the father are one” – is perhaps what “I” understand as the mystic’s appreciation that one is of the same substance as All … we ourselves are God or the Ground of Being. But this would be blasphemy if we understand God as an extraneous being, I don’t wish to impose. I am open to everything for I have the limited tools of language and reason to ‘understand’ the mysteries of this life.


    • I hope not to offend you, by telling you the truth. But, EVERY religion of the world is a distraction from the truth and a waste of time. God is a spirit, but He is not the only spirit in the world. Satan is also a spirit and he has implemented the religions of the world to deceive people into believing lies. Religion is alwyas man’s attempt to know a god they don’t understand. Only Christianity is God’s attempt to let you know Him personally. True Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with this God who makes himself known. You can know this God personally and He will reveal himself to you if you desire it. However, God is a gentleman and will not bother you unless you ask him to.


      • I am confident that you have your reasons for that belief in that kind of truth. I have no access to your experiences nor you to mine.

        Now, naturally, from my perspective, I see all religions as equals as how am I supposed to know which one speaks the only Truth if they all claim to it.

        No, whatever we may understand by the words God, Spirit, Truth, I came upon this earth in a moment when many religions have come to pass. Christianity is only one I discovered to be simply around when I lived. I heeded its teachings but cannot value it more than Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism and even less known mythologies which could constitute as religion in the spiritual sense. They all said.. this is Truth and the rest is false. I say, sure it is Truth for your particular social and historical climate, for your understanding of reality and consciousness, for your perceptual tunnel you call life.

        I say, truth, especially when it is described in words (always been hesitant to take any statement too seriously), is limited. The truth if such thing exists is what simply IS. For what is is neither true or false, it just is.

        I think we should finish here otherwise we would probably enter a cliché discussion of who’s right and who’s wrong. I’ll be happy to to take a defeat as it wouldn’t change much.

        Peace and Godliness.


        I won’t ask you for proof because I don’t need additi


  2. I’ve read the Bible, passages here and there. I’m always bothered by something. That the Bible has been translated so many times from a succession of different languages that I’m really wondering what God is saying if he actually said anything at all.

    If you just take a simple translation from two contemporary languagues such as German into English, if you are fluent in both you’ll notice immediately the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of translating one into another. Now, I can’t imagine what the original texts of what now makes up the Bible said in older Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek.

    Words change their meaning and context as history evolves, a metaphor in those days would mean something else than it means to us today. Their interpretation of existence is obviously different so their grammar, expressions and idioms all reflect a world we no longer share

    That is why I feel bothered about what the Bible tried to express originally and what we interpret of it today. I don’t here intent to judge on your words but felt for a moment the need to share these troubling thoughts. In the end, what can a self-named nihilist really have to say about anything. . .


    • Thank You for reading my blog and your comment. I can understand the struggle of not trusting in the Bible’s accuracy. However, if you study it out you will find that their is more evidence for the accuracy of the Bible than there is for any other writings from the same time periods. As far as translation changes of word meanings, that is why I always go back and look up the Hebrew and Greek words in dictionaries to see what they mean. I don’t trust any translation as being 100% accurate. Only the original words are truly accurate.

      But then there is this advantage, that it sounds like I have over you. I have the author of the book living on the inside of me and He asks me questions and teaches me what it means, more than any other source I have ever explored. You can have this advantage also, it is easy to do. It starts with hearing about Jesus and what he has done for us. Then it involves you believing that God raised him from the dead and then you calling Him your Lord. The Bible then says when you do these He comes into your heart (spirit) and lives with you on a daily basis forever. The author of the book on the inside of you makes all the difference in the world.


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