God, the spirit is hovering over an empty, dark, watery void, creating the world by speaking to it into existences; calling it to becoming light, sky, land, vegetation, and living creatures over the course of six days. Each day, he pauses to pronounce his works are “good”. And on the sixth day, God declares his intention to make a being in his “own image,” and he creates man and woman. He fashions a man out of dust and forms a woman out of the man’s rib.
Image of God
Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness…’ Genesis 1:26a
Did you know that the moon has no light of its own? It reflects the sun’s light. Just like the moon’s light is the reflection of the sun’s light, we too are the reflection of the image of God. We have the ability to reflect his character in our love, in our patience, in our forgiveness, in our kindness, and in our faithfulness.
Then the Lord God fashioned into a woman from the rib which He had taken from man, and brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22
I love this verse. It reminds us of how much God loved Eve. God could have made Eve from dust from the ground, just like Adam. But God choose to ‘fashion’ Eve from Adam’s flesh and bone. Not Adam’s head, for him to rule over her. Not Adam’s foot, for him to stump on her. But Adam’s rib, for the two of them to work side by side, a special partnership. I feel that God used this to illustrate to us that marriage between one man, one woman become one flesh. This is a special union between a man and a woman that is taken seriously throughout the Bible.
It Was Very Good
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good… Genesis 1:31
God saw that ALL of his creation was very good. Eve was complete and beautifully made. Think about it Adam had just finished naming all the “livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the fields” (Gen 2:20), but he was unable to find a suitable ‘helpmate’. So God, fashioned woman from Adam’s rib and flesh and He brought Eve to Adam. And what is Adams response? The first poem:
This now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23
God’s creative work was not complete until he made woman. Eve was the final piece of God’s creation puzzle. Adam was no longer ‘alone’, he now had a ‘help mate’, someone to have fellowship with, someone else made in the image of God.
I would like to challenge each of my readers, as well as myself.
- Challenge you to remind yourself that you were made in the image of God. Woman are known for tearing themselves down. Next time you look in mirror, tell your self that you were ‘made in the image of God’ and ‘God saw what he had made, and it was VERY good’ (Genesis 1:31).
- Challenge you to memorize God’s Word. For my self, I use post-it notes. I will post scriptures within my home and car. Looking at they daily helps me memorize them. Knowing the scripture and living by it will help you reflect God’s character in our love, in our patience, in our forgiveness, in our kindness, and in our faithfulness.