If the church is the original idea of God, then the woman just as the man is also the original idea of God.
To show further that the creation of the woman was not an afterthought but an original part of God’s plan, let‘s see this;
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Here God declares his intention to make man in his own image after his likeness. His plan is for this man made in his image to have dominion over all that he had created.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
In the image of God created he him. He goes on to give further description of what he is saying. He says that male and female created he them. That means that when God said let’s create man in our image, he meant both male and female. God’s original intention is rightly established here. Both the male and female were his original intention. Let’s go further.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God blessed them and said unto them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth… Now God’s intention was not to have just one male and one female. He wanted a multiplication of male and female. If this is what God wanted, then why would he create only man? So God’s plan all along was to create a man and a woman who will in turn give birth to several others. This tells us that the creation of the woman was part of the plan of God. This is because only two people of the same kind can multiply themselves. So for God’s intention of multiplication to happen, there had to be a man and a woman.
In Genesis 2, Moses goes into details how the formation of the male and female happened. In Gen 2:7, we see that God formed the man first, then in Gen 2:18, God declared his intention to form the woman.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Now, this was not the point where God decided to create the woman; this was the point where God declared his intention to bring the woman to the scene. The woman was already a part of his plan. God is a master planner and he does everything according to his plan. In Gen 1, we see that God wanted to have many people in his image who have dominion over creation. In the fulfillment of this plan, he formed man. Then he announced the formation of the woman. God, then, formed various animals but there was no help meet for Adam.
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
For Adam, there was no help meet for him, why was that? Now, we shouldn’t think that God formed the animals hoping that there would be one of them fit for Adam but later realized that it was a ‘mission impossible’. That paints the picture of a God without a plan doing ‘try and error’. Adam did not find a help meet among the animal because God’s plan was someone of his kind, that is, a woman. Only someone of his kind was suitable for him in the fulfillment of God’s grand plan.
In the formation of the woman, therefore, God did not use a different material, he used a part of man.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
The word “rib” in Hebrew means “Side or a part.” So God took a side/part of the man, made the woman and brought her to the man. When Adam saw her, he knew that they were of the same kind; they were made from the same material. So he said:
And Adam 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.
Now the woman had come to the scene so God declares how the multiplication will happen:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
They shall be one flesh just as Christ and the church are one spirit.
1 Cor 6:17
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
As we’ve already established earlier on, the creation of the man and woman clearly pointed to how the church would be formed from Christ and be joined together as one spirit. So God was not clueless at all as to what he was doing; he was very intentional. There was no original plan and an afterthought, it was just one big plan (We see the revelation of this grand plan in the epistles. I will touch on it briefly in the next post).
Having established the oneness of the man and the woman, to say that the woman is inferior would only show that you do not understand the formation of the first man and woman. The woman was made from the man. That means that they are of the same kind. So the woman is just a different side of the man. They are one same being…
To be continued…