Why did God make Eve out of Adam’s rib instead of out of the earth?

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Speaker 1

All right, so Debbie is asking, why did God make Eve out of Adam’s rib instead of out of the earth?

Speaker 2

Well, Debbie, that is a really great question. It’s actually something I’ve definitely thought of in my Bible study as well. And I want to first point out something really. When God. When we read the creation story in Genesis chapter one and chapter two, in chapter one, it’s kind of like an overview. And then in chapter two, it kind of dives a little deeper and then gives a little bit more detail as to these events. So just really quick, just to make something clear, Genesis one and verse 26 and 27, it says, then God said, let us. So God is saying, us, God, Father, son, holy spirit. Let us make man in our image according to our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. And verse 27 reads, so God created man in his own image. In the image of God, he created him, male and female, he created them, which is very interesting. So God is saying he made man in his image, male and female. So both male and female are equally made in the image of God.

Speaker 2

So just pointing that out really quickly, and it says in verse 28, then God blessed them and said, be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it, and so on and so forth. Basically fulfill your purpose for why I created you, which is to live in this earth, have dominion over it. You guys are basically in charge of this world that I made for you, and I want you to just do my will, which is to have children. And we know that as we’re all here, it takes two to create a child. And so it’s this interconnected relationship that must occur for men and women both to fulfill God’s will and to reflect his character. We need each other. Just as know the father doesn’t stand alone. He says that Jesus is equal with the father. He says, my father and I are. So, you know, in that same way, in that same relationship, we see a picture of God in the relationship between husband and wife. And so it’s a beautiful thing, and it’s only through this relationship can we procreate. And it’s just a miracle to see this happen in our world.

Speaker 2

And so now, going into Genesis chapter two, why then, though, was Eve made from Adam’s rib? Why not? Just like the earth, just like Adam was created? And I think it’s a little bit more clear in Genesis chapter two, when the Bible gives us a little bit more detail as to this event of Adam being created and Eve. And so basically, once God put Adam in the garden, and like it says in Genesis, chapter two, verse eight, he says, there the Lord planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man which whom he had formed. And so it says, and out of the ground, the Lord made every tree to grow that is pleasant. The tree also the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And it talks about different things about the garden of Eden in verse 15. Then the Lord took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and to keep it. So he gave Adam a job. And in verse 16, it says, the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree you shall eat, but not of the tree, the knowledge of good and evil.

Speaker 2

So he gave him some rules and he said, okay, you have a job, but this is my one stipulation. And in verse 18, it says, and the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone. So this is why he created Eve. I will make him a helper comparable to him. And in verse 19, it says something interesting. It says, out of the ground, the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. And so here we see a glimpse of God showing Adam. Adam didn’t see himself being created. Obviously, when God created Adam, he formed him from the earth and he blew the breath of life into Adam. And Adam became a living soul, as it says, I believe in Genesis, chapter two, up in verse seven. But when it came to Eve, it says that God formed the animals from the dirt and then brought them to Adam. And so Adam would have seen these animals being formed from the dirt and that they were formed in a different way.

Speaker 2

And so it says basically in verse 19 that God formed every beast from the field and he named all the animals. You see that again in verse 20. And it says, but for Adam, there was not a helper found comparable to him. And so in verse 21, it says, the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. And he slept, and he, God took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh of his place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from him, he made into a woman, and he brought her to the man. And the man said, now, this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. So here we see that basically God is making a very clear distinction between a woman, this new created being, because he just showed Adam all these animals, and he was showing Adam very clearly that eve was different. She was equal with you. And not only was she created out of his own body, but she was created from his rib. And when you look at where a rib is located on your body, it’s right at your side.

Speaker 2

If there’s going to be something that was going to be right in the middle to be equal with, it would be your rib. And I think that God one created her or created Eve out of a rib, because if he created from her head, maybe he would think, oh, she’s superior to me. Or if he made her out of his foot, he would think, oh, she’s inferior, but the rib is by your side. It’s something equal. And I also think, too, the function of a rib is to protect your heart. And that was really the purpose. That is a woman’s high calling, I do believe, is to protect the heart of her husband. And also where rib is located is under a man’s arm. And so his arm was to always protect her. And so I think that was the cohesive relationship between Adam and Eve is know they both had a role that was very specific and it was equal, and it was something to be cherished. And I think God also just wanted to make it very clear that men and women, we’re both made in God’s image. We both have a role, and it might be different because we are different.

Speaker 2

Men and women are different and very distinct in many ways. And each person is an individual. And when a husband and wife marry and those two become basically, like it says in the Bible, one flesh, they become one entity, one family. God has a very special purpose in that he wants the role of the man and the role of the woman to be something where they’re equally contributing in different ways, they’re having equal respect, and they’re having just this shared bond that isn’t basically not where one lords over or dominates the other, and the other one just kind of cowers and obeys in some way, but rather it’s a very healthy equal. I’m trying to think of the right word, a relationship where both people are equally valued. And so I think that’s really where God was coming from, because I think in his wisdom, he knew that even though men might be physically stronger, the woman’s role is very special. And the role of men in their strength is to be a protector of their wife and their spouse and never to harm her. So that’s what I would say as far as my thoughts on why God created Eve from Adam’s rib.

Speaker 2

So, I don’t know, Jay or Wendy, any other thoughts on that?

Speaker 3

Oh, that was really good do, and that’s just such a beautiful story and so much significance there. So glad you could really break that down. Well, for everybody.

Speaker 2

Yes, for sure.

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