February 9, 2017
And so, according to this second creation story, we see the beginning of human civilization. God created the universe, the earth and man (the male of the species). He placed the man in a location that would physically nourish him and spiritually occupy his mind with something to do (gardening). [No internet, no football, no race cars, no beer . . . YET!]
And then God began to set some boundaries, His first “Holy Orders.” The man (Adam) seemed to have no problem with that. But God still felt that the man needed companionship. And after all the animals were created, named and still found lacking . . .
… the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman.
When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body. Gn_2:18-25
And THERE’S the beauty of it all!
“Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh!” He was not created to BE her. And she was not created to BE him! Each, in their differences, was created to become something better than either one of them was alone. God created us this way. We were designed to complement one another.
And there wasn’t supposed to be a competition between them, deciding which was better, which was stronger, which was smarter. They were created DIFFERENT, for a reason. And it’s not up to us to decide which we want to be, or complain that “they” think they’re better than us (they are, and so are we – in other ways). And it’s not up to us to create or un-create Life. But it is up to us to BE – just what God created us to be.
And in that BEING, we become better than anything we could ever possibly create on our own. And together (male and female) we become even better than we could ever have been alone.
And THAT’S pretty AWESOME!
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