a helper

20 Jan

08_gn02_18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.”  Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18-25, NRSV)

I am always struck by this passage of the daunting task that Adam had of naming all the animals.

God created every creature and brought them before Adam and whatever he called it, that is what it was.

So why was a cow a cow and not a pig? Or why was a pig a pig and not a horse?

But none of these animals was found to be a helper for Adam. None of them was a suitable companion for Adam in his keeping of the garden.

So God created a helper. Someone who is not below or above Adam, but a companion. God created each of us a companion for this life.

We all have a helper, and we are equal, not above or below, but a companion. Help the one that God has blessed you with, and help them grow closer to God.


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