The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.Genesis 2:15 NIV
From the very beginning it’s been man’s duty to protect and take care of our planet, to ‘work it and take care of it.‘
It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him,Genesis 2:18 NIV
- The word helper does not mean the woman is inferior, but it indicates a role not value or position.
- Adam needed a complement, someone equal in value and within the same intelligence, personality, spirituality and ethical and moral sense; but with different qualities and different roles; a helper that could join with him in his work of subduing the earth. (NIV Starting Place Study Bible, 2019).
He took one of the man’s ribs.Genesis 2:21 NIV
By taking a bone from Adam’s side, God implied equality and mutual respect; it also ensured the identification between Adam and his partner. (NIV Starting Place Study Bible, 2019).
That is why a man leave his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.Genesis 2:24 NIV
A married couple functions as a ‘we’ rather than a ‘me and you’; husband and wife are united, becoming one flesh, forming a physical and sexual lifelong bond.
Adam and Eve could freely (unconditionally) eat from the tree of life (2:16), this must be the reason why they lived so long and why everyone they birthed did as well up until the point where sin had completely engulfed the earth, as the essence from the tree of life could’ve been passed down from generation to generation.
One of God’s many intentions for us was for us to not feel shame and embarrassment, which were the first two things Adam and Eve felt after eating the forbidden fruit (2:25).
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