July 26, 2023 – Wednesday
Genesis 2:18 KJV
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 2:19 NKJV
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
There are several interesting things about this verse that I would like to share with you as our (Sharon’s and Riley’s) 52nd wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and my helper/help meet has been on my mind a great deal of late. First things first, did you ever notice this is the first time God said, It is not good? What was not good? That man should be alone, the aloneness of man was not good. It seems God never intended man to be alone.
Guzik wrote, When God said I will make him a helper comparable to him: God’s “blueprint” for creating this companion to Adam was to make a helper comparable to Adam. And about the help comparable, In reference to the marriage relationship, God created woman to be a perfectly suitable helper to the man. This means God gave the plan and agenda to Adam, and he and the woman together work to fulfill it. He used the phrase In reference to the marriage relationship because God has not ordained women to be helpers to men in authority (instead of being in authority themselves), except in marriage and in the church (see 1 Timothy 2:12-13).
Also, helper or help meet, according to Strong’s Concordance comes from G5828 the Greek word עֵזֶר, transliterated as ezer with the definition of a help or helper. Turns out ezer G5827 also means help as well as two Israelites. And further if the ‘e’ is capitalized we have Ezer and Strong’s Outline of Biblical Usage tells us Ezer = treasure! Yes, I know that is from the transliteration of helper, but I truly like the idea of looking upon the first gift man received from God is his treasure. Thinking of your bride as a gift from God and as your treasure might change how you think about marriage and the relationship between the two of you.
Bottom Line: Make of it what you will, but men, treat your wives as your treasure and a gift from God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for determining we were not meant to be alone. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
RileyD, nwJ –
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton