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The Woman God Created

My dear lady, let us walk together through the Word of God and learn how woman came to be, and try to understand the position she had before God from the beginning.

Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Genesis 2:21-23 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 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.”

God said in the Bible that it was not good for man to be alone and He would make “a helper comparable to him.” The word comparable means “like him.” God created the animals and all creatures and placed them under Adam’s dominion, “but for Adam was not found a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:19-20 He made the woman, who would be like him but unique. We should note that God did not create the woman from the head of the man so she would be above him, nor from his feet, so that she would be despised, but she was taken from his side, to be at the same level before God.

What is the meaning of “helper”? To understand her character and responsibilities, let us go to the root of the word in Arabic, “to help.” In the Arabic Knowledge and Linguistic Dictionary, “helper” can also mean “savior, healer, sustainer, corrector, worker, or companion, especially a wife.” Often we describe a helper as one’s “right hand,” a description of strength and might. It is the right hand that man works with, eats with, leans on, greets with, writes with, and employs for countless other activities.

Let us then summarize the characteristics of this woman that God created. First, she is comparable to man, meaning she is at the same level, and not lower in value. Second, she is created fit and able to help. She is able to bear the pain and suffering that are the consequences of her role as helper. She has the capacity to share the joys and sufferings of others, and to carry the responsibilities of life. Third, the helper completes the one she helps; that is, she carries on the work of her partner when he is not able to continue, and is instrumental in transferring his work to the shoulders of the next generation. 

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