Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Gen 2:18
I LOVE that God knew Adam’s needs and wants even before Adam did, and He already had a plan in mind on how to meet that need.
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. Gen 2:19-20
This is SO cool! God gives Adam a chance to see what his need and desire was. Adam saw that there wasn’t anyone around who was a suitable helper for him, no faithful companion and friend. God was whetting his appetite, so to speak, for someone really special, someone unique and particular to him.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Gen 2:20-23
Mystery, suspense, surprise and the attaining of your heart’s delight, your true love! Ah, romance at its finest!! Hollywood has been envious ever since!
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Gen 2:25
And we see that being fully given to one another, even in sex, was part of the joy of God’s plan. The freedom and confidence God intended in marital romance is a thing of beauty! For centuries, some Christians taught that sexual freedom was wrong, even in the marriage bed, for anything beyond procreation. But we see in The Garden that God had a wonderful plan for romance; enjoying one another, fulfilling one another and joyfully working side by side while basking in each other’s differences and strengths was a blessing intended from the beginning.
Starting at the beginning and understanding that romance is from God helps us to lay the ground work for examining what has happened to romance in the centuries since that day. With the fall, all of creation has become distorted and twisted. Romance did not escape that curse. What we see today is often a far cry from the purity, beauty and holiness of that first day. But we’ll look at that further next week.
Other posts in this series: Keep It Secret/Keep It Safe