The Wise Woman Part 2
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
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.”
The word for “Woman,” in the Hebrew language, is very similar to the word for man. The word for man is “ish,” and the word for woman is “ishshah.” She is the other part of man and she is to answer to him. God intended man to take the lead—He created him first—and He created woman to follow.
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
In other words, the man is now subject to his wife in the sense that he is responsible for her, and he is no longer under the control of his father and mother. There is a connection between the husband and the wife, that is different from every other relationship, and God says, “Husbands, love your wives.”
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The name of woman makes her a unique person. When God brought Eve to Adam, He declared, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Eve provided Adam with companionship, totally unlike the animals. She was near at hand and a part of his own body and shared his same nature.
When I read the account of woman’s creation I feel a deep sense of appreciation, awe, and adoration. I like what Joseph Parker wrote, “Beautiful and tender is this notion of throwing man into a deep sleep to take a rib from him as the starting point of a blessed companionship. A good wife is from the Lord...He who made the lock will also make the key...This cometh from the Lord of Hosts, which is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working...O woman, love thy maker! Thou art the most wonderful instrument He made in the earth; see to it that the music of thy life be all given to His holy praise.”
I am so thankful that God created women! But in Proverbs 31 there is the warning that few women are really fulfilling God’s plan.
Verse 10 asks, “Who can find a virtuous wife...” but they’re in our churches, and in our homes. We have a God who wants us all to reflect the Divine Nature that God places within all who accept His Son as their Savior, and He wants us to live up to the name He gave us as men and women and most of all as Christians.
Verse 18 stated, And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Some women are offended by this verse since it states that women were created to help men. But they shouldn’t be since God identified Himself as a “Helper” to Israel. The word does not imply inferiority. It describes the role of women, rather than their worth. No one loses value in humbly assuming the role of “helper.” As a “helper” to the man, the woman became his partner spiritually in the overwhelming task of obedience to God and dominion over the earth.
She was also intended to be a vital part of bringing new life into the world. The woman, because she was a friend to the man, would bring him comfort and fellowship (Gen. 1:23, 24). No one else could encourage and inspire him as she was created to do. She was designed to be the perfect counterpart for the man, and the woman was neither inferior nor superior, but she was alike and equal to the man and unique in her role.
Man and woman were both created in God’s image. Just as man was formed from earth, woman was formed from man. She corresponds perfectly to the man. She has the same flesh and blood, and she was created in “the image of God’ just as the man was. She was equal to him in every way (Gen. 1:27).
Today, I have something to say to all of you ladies. I want to stand in the place of every man you have helped in your life, and say “Thank you.” I believe they may also want to tell you that they love you. They might even say to you, “All I am, I owe to you.”
Sierra, “Thank you for helping me. I love you very much, and I owe you more than I can ever repay.” If my mother were alive, I would tell her how much I love her, and I would thank her for loving me, even when no one else did. I pray that God will bless each of you, and Sierra and I want to give all the ladies a gift before you leave. Please stay where you are, until you get your gift.