The God of Life Unites

When God created man, man wasn’t really alone.  God was with him.  However, God, in infinite love, personally designed the right mate, a woman – beautiful, capable, and a pure blessing.  They were the original bread and butter.  Made for one another.  God’s harmonious masterpiece.  This epic surprise did not come because the man complained of some lacking in God’s brand new world.  He was already working in and enjoying life in the garden.  Then God completed his magnum opus, even as the man slept.  The man was amazed by the woman, and their union was complete.  They had been made for each other, and no substitute would do.  As their bodies became one, their unity showed God’s glory.  He created them, and they rejoiced together in His perfect design, giving thanks.

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’  Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them.  And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.  The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.  But for Adam there is not found a helper fit for him.  So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept, took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  Then the man said,

‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  An the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”

Genesis 2:18-25 ESV

The God of Life Creates

God is the Maker.  He delights in making things.  He spoke into existence oceans and waterfalls, mountains and valleys, trees and flowers, fish and birds, and land animals of all shapes and sizes.  He gave us color, texture, smell, and taste.  He made a banquet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, roots, and more.  These were all of His first creations, but they were not His best.  Oh, no.  He saved the best for last.  He created man and woman in His own image, setting humans apart as the receivers and managers of this world bursting with good gifts – gifts from His loving hand.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.  And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” -Genesis 1:26 (ESV)