June 12, 2020 – Friday
Genesis 2:18 ESV
18 During creation, “God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper fit for him’”
I first wrote about this and posted it on a personal blog on July 31, 2011. I had returned from Iraq early in April and had both my knees replaced in May. I really and truly needed a helper. I wrote that two and half months later. This is my update.
God wanted to make sure Adam knew it was not good to be alone and needed a helper. To do so, He brought every living creature forward for Adam to name and Adam would have been hard pressed not to notice they always came in pairs – male and female. God also had Adam name them as Adam had dominion over them. The Bible says it this way in the following two verses 19bAnd whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam here was not found a helper fit for him.
Looking up the word for helper in verses 18 and 20, using the BlueLetterBible here I found the transliteration `ezer. Strong’s H5828 defines `ezer simply as aid; help. Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon goes further defining `ezer as aid, help (as in Strong’s), then a helper, aider, followed by a female helper as applicable to our two verses above.
Curious, searched for the word ezer in the Bible and found it occurred five times. However, it occurred as Ezer, a male name with the meaning treasure. But remember `ezer is the transliteration of helper and the transliteration of Ezer is Etser. Nonetheless, I looked upon this meaning of Ezer as an echo back to `ezer where the helper provided to Adam was his treasure. Admittedly weak, but then I looked at a few of the Psalms with help.
Consider Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. Here the help -`ezer- provided is divine in nature. Next look at Psalm 70:5: But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay! Where God is the divine helper! And Psalm 115:9: O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. Here God is once again the divine helper.
Why bring this up? Because Eve was a gift from God to Adam. In no way could she be considered an ordinary gift. She is a divine gift from God to Adam. Even her creation was different and special. God formed Adam from the dust as a potter would create a pot from clay. However, when God created Eve, he made her from Adam’s flesh and bone as we read in Genesis 2:22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made [built] into a woman and brought her to the man. Strong’s H1129 gives banah as the word translated made or built with the definition to build (literally and figuratively) while Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says to build, to erect, as a house, a temple, a city. Perhaps she was made much differently from Adam because only she could give birth to new life – a building of a family as shown in the use of the same word in Genesis 16:2, 30:3, Deuteronomy 25:9, and Ruth 4:11.
It is no wonder Adam gets that Eve is special, built by God for him. We know this because when God brought her to Adam in Genesis 2:34a he said: This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Notice how he makes the statement (paraphrasing) This (Eve) at last, finally is here. His at last tells me he had been waiting for her, his divine gift and helper given by God.
The above has tremendous implications for men, husbands when it comes to how we view and treat our wives. It has changed how I look at my bride of almost 49 years. It has changed how I treat her now that I look upon her as a divine gift from God. According to God’s word, my wife, a divine gift to me, completes me and with her I am made complete. This knowledge changed our marriage.
It’s Friday and I hope all of you make it to church this Sunday to give thanks for all the blessings God has gifted you with in this life.