Last night my husband and I were chatting about Genesis 2, specifically about when Eve is called Adam’s helper. While some have reacted to a female being created in a “helper” role, this aversion was cured for me when a professor explained to me that the word used here is only used in 2 other places in the Old Testament. The other references refer to God helping Israel (Exodus 18:4) – certainly there is nothing subservient to God’s choosing to help humans. Craig pointed out that God wove into the creation of humans that we would need one another – as much as God loves us and as intimate a relationship as our Heavenly Father wants with us, He never intended to be our One and Only. Ok, the only God but not our only relationship; He created us for relationship.
Want to be fully human? Other humans are required.
Last summer our family went camping, and my boys decided they each wanted their own tent. Because of our limited tarps, we tied off their tent covers with this log in between the two tents. Funny thing is that when one rolled over in his sleep, the other experienced the pull.
When we live in physical and emotional connection to one another, the movement of one impacts the others.
Romans 15:7-13The Message (MSG)
7-13 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now youdo it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:
Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;
I’ll sing to your name!
And this one:
Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!
People of all nations, celebrate God!
All colors and races, give hearty praise!
And Isaiah’s word:
There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse,
breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,
Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
Oh! May the God of green hope
- fill you up with joy,
- fill you up with peace,
- so that your believing lives,
- filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit,
- will brim over with hope!