The record of Adam and Eve was compiled by Moses, the author of the book of Genesis. He wrote that God “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). The word “formed” implies an act of molding into a form to match in design the divine plan. The Bible uses it to describe the work of God, who forms the human heart (Psalms 33:15), the eye (Psalms 94:9), and the light (Isaiah 45:7). And it also describes the work of the potter that forms his clay (Isaiah 29:16; 49:5).
Science confirmed that man is made up of elements that come from the ground of the earth. The major elements are oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen. Other elements exist in smaller proportions. Decomposition of the human body after death is a proof to this reality. At death, man in the form of “dust will return to the earth as it was” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
And Moses added that “God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:21–22). That deep sleep resembled unconsciousness under anesthetic. God performed the surgery, taking out one of Adam’s ribs and filling its place with flesh.
Adam’s rib constituted the basic material from which his mate was “built.” Eve was created from a bone from Adam’s side and not from his head that she may not dominate him nor from his feet that he may not dominate her. She was created from his side as an equal, that he may love and care for her. God created Eve for intimate unity and fellowship with Adam. He designed her to be “a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18).
The unity of marriage
Therefore, God ordained that, “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2: 24). These words are part of the declaration that should be part of the marriage ceremony (Matthew 19:4, 5). In fact, the marriage covenant was called the covenant of God (Proverbs 2:17), a name which means His authorship of that sacred institution.
Consequently, the method of Eve’s creation laid the basic grounds of marriage. It expressed the unity of the husband and the wife in their bodies, interests, and affections. And marriage became a type of the love and life that takes place between God and His church (Ephesians 5:28, 32).
Created in God’s image
Uniquely, Genesis tells us that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). Adam and Eve bore God’s image which was most evident in their spiritual nature. Human beings became “living soul(s),” with free wills, and self-conscious personalities. They replicated the divine holiness of their Maker until sin ruined the divine likeness. But praise be to God, Christ, the “express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3), restored back God’s image to all that believe in Him (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24).
In His service,