We Were Made for Fellowship, Not Power

Adam’s first task in Genesis is to name the animals, revealing him to be more of a social being, made for fellowship, not power.  For it is in this “naming task” that God is looking for a suitable helper.

When the woman is introduced, she is presented as his partner, not as a child bearer.  She is valued for herself alone.  She is of the “same stuff” as Adam and yet, a wholly new being formed by God, literally as “a help as opposite him.”  Their union in marriage is to be an exclusive (man leaves), permanent (cleaves), God-sealed bond (one flesh).

All was well.

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