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God says it isn’t good for Adam to be alone

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18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”

 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

These are amazing words.  We’ve read them many times, but, I’m certain, we haven’t stopped to consider what they’re really saying to us.  Remembering this is before the fall, God says it isn’t good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18).  It almost sounds heretical to say that God recognizes he’s not enough for the continued existence of man, but this seems to be what God is saying.  Then, we read of the parade of animals God had created and called good aren’t suitable. Creation, as it was then, was not complete enough to provide what Adam needed to continue in a wholesome life.

Several times in the creation story, and the fall, where God is referred to in a plural sense.  God is three in one, the trinity, has existed in this relational status for eternity past and into eternity future. Humankind, created in the image of God, Imago Dei, certainly reflects this relational aspect of ‘being’ as part of an inherited image.  We have all manner of theological discussions regarding this aspect of our creation, but the fact remains we are created to be in relationship.   We need relationship!  The scriptures couldn’t state it more clearly!  In John 15:13, there is no greater demonstration of love than sacrifice for a friend.

We are created to be in relationship with God above, and our fellow humans below.  The triune God is an example for us, and we reflect his image.  If you doubt the importance of this inherited attribute, imagine spending your Earthly existence without any social interaction or human relationship.  Love, respect, and obedience are spoken of many times in the Bible and all require relationship – with parents, friends, brothers, sisters. Even Hollywood, despite themselves, creates incredible stories about relationship.  Choose a movie to watch this weekend and contemplate the messages it sends you about your relational nature, deposited within you by God.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Rich Obrecht

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