Nurturing the Nations Reclaiming the Dignity of Women in the Building of Healthy Cultures. Genesis 2 Corresponding (Different) in Function. Human kind. Two complementary types of human kind male- adam female- adam
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Nurturing the NationsReclaiming the Dignity of Women in the Building of Healthy Cultures
Corresponding (Different) in Function
“Initially, God made adam out of the adama to till the adama (Gen 3:23), to bring forth life. The adama was God’s possession and under his care (Gen 2:6). Thus, the first adam (the man, Adam) and his family were to act as God’s servants by obeying him in maintaining the divinely created and intended relationships vertically and horizontally.”
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
Man is the one creature whose eyes are towards heaven and whose feet and hands are in the soil. Man is the connector for the carrying out of the heavenly mandate on the earth.
The task of pro-creation and stewardship required not an identical one, but a similar one to complete God’s mandate!
“Soit is with God. When He helps His people, He retains His glorious deity but (amazingly!) steps into the servant role, under us, to lift us up. He is the God who emptied Himself and came down to our level – below us, to the level of slavery – to help us supremely at the cross. Therefore, the fact that the Old Testament portrays God as our helper proves only that the helper role is a glorious one, worthy even of the Almighty.”
The Creation of Eve
Genesis 2:21-22: “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
“She was not taken from the head, to show she was not to rule over him; nor from his foot, to teach that she was not to be his slave; nor from his hand, to show that she was not to be his tool; but from his side, to show that she was to be his companion.”
Pastor John Angell
She Shall Be Called Woman:
Genesis 2:23: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Õishshah [ish-shaw’] ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of Õiysh [eesh]man.”
God spoke and created the universe. Man speaks and creates culture.
“this word play points to the fact that woman too is man –she man, womb-man, or female man.”
Counselor and Author Leanne Payne
The name symbolic of Yahweh’s relation to Israel
While men and women are equal in their being, they are different in both their pro-creative and developmental responsibilities of the Cultural Mandate.
“It is important that the cause of not imposing on women restrictions that Scripture does not impose should not be confused with the quite different goals of minimizing the distinctness of the sexes as created and of the diminishing the male’s inalienable responsibilities in man-woman relationships as such.”
The Sacred Mystery – One Flesh
Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one [echad] flesh.”
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
Ordained by God
Patterned on the Trinity
Between one man and one woman and God
Not a social contract
Not merely a personal contract
Not patterned after animal behavior
Not individual- centered
Not between members of same sex
Not multiple partners
“It is a life-long commitment that restrains self-centeredness, self-indulgence and self-gratification. It is the one relationship that effectively prepares and conditions us for community.”
By restraining self-centeredness and promoting love of another, marriage becomes the foundation for social order. Self-centeredness harms not only that relationship but also others as well until it spreads throughout society like ripples in a pond.”