“And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:18
A woman was created not by accident or chance but with purpose: born to be a helper. She was not comparable to an animal, or a tree or even God, but comparable/ equal to a man. God created her to perfection, ready for every good work.
Her role as helper was to assist and aid Adam by sharing the work of overseeing the earth. She was to alleviate his burden and cause improvement in his work. She was to be a servant, a remedy to the man. Through this woman, God rescues Adam from his solitude. Alone Adam could not fulfill the call of being fruitful and populating the earth, even in this, the woman would equally work to help complete the task. Together they become one, the visible representation of an invisible God.
Unfortunately, the woman is not known for her courageous and marvelous works as a helper but rather is known for her failure. Her single act of disobedience not only affected her, it affected everyone thereafter. Fortunately for the woman and all of humanity, as many as the Lord loves, He rebukes and chastens (Revelation 3:19). As a loving Father, God didn’t dwell on their sin(s); He rebuked and justly spoke to each the consequence for their sin.
As women, we have not only borne the results of her sin but also a name. From Genesis 2:18-Genesis 3:19 she is only known as “the woman” but in verse 20 a name, an identity, a declaration is given.
“The man called his wife’s name Eve [life giver], because she would be the mother of all the living.” Genesis 3:20
Eve is embedded in all of us:
- Each one of us has been created with a purpose; our days have been fashioned for us (Psalm 139).
- God intended for us to live the life we each have, to look the way that we do with the unique personalities that we have for such a time as this (Esther 4:13-14).
- We are helpers, assistants, aids, co-laborers (Ephesians 4:11-12, 15-16).
- We are to alleviate one another’s burden (Romans 12:9-21) and cause improvement in each other’s life (Romans 15:1-3).
- We are to be servants (Philippians 2:3-4) who remedy the pain of those around us (Isaiah 35:3 & 61:1-3) and rescue those who are lonely (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- As helpers we are to be fruitful (Galatians 5:22) and multiply (Romans 10:14-15).
- It is no longer Adam who gives us a new name but Jesus, our Lord and Savior, through His precious blood. He has given us a name, an identity, a declaration: life giver (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)!
I encourage you to be the woman (helper and life giver) that God created you to be. What better way to be a helper than pointing people to Jesus. In doing do so you will be a life giver, for only Jesus has life to give. Love God. Love the Word. Love the Lost. Love the Found.
How will you be a helper and a life-giver this week?