Genesis 2:22-23 “And God brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.””
God provided for the man but He did not go back to the dust of the ground and start from scratch to do this. Instead, God used existing tissue to show the man that His Provision was made from the same stuff. Thus the man’s declaration, ‘this is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh’.
Fun Fact: Adam’s loss of a rib was only temporary as ribs are known to be able to regrow rather quickly if part of the cartilage is left intact.
Adam’s comment ‘This at last…’ clearly shows that:
– he did have a felt need
– the animals, fish and birds were not the answer
– he immediately sensed that what God had ‘brought to him’ was the answer
God could have used anything but He chose to use one of Adam’s ribs to fashion the woman, a clear reminder that woman was created to be “beside” the man. Peter hints at this in I Peter 3:7; “showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life…”
The woman was his equal but she was different, and so it remains today.
Praise and Prayer.
Thank You Father for your creative provision. You are Faithful and Worthy of my complete trust to always meet all of my needs. In Jesus Name, Amen.