And the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

Genesis 2:23

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Genesis 2:18-24

Adam is relieved. “At last”, there is one for him. Eve was unlike any of the animals that he had seen in God’s creation. None of them was like him. Yet now, here she is. God has brought him a suitable helper, a helper that is a perfect fit.

The joy that the search is over can be felt in his words. The passionate way he speaks the words “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” reinforces the strength of the bond between the couple. A bond so strong that to sever it would be devastating to both. Adam’s words are a celebration of human love and passion and perhaps the first introduction of love poetry in the Bible, closely followed by that in the Song of Songs.

Eve was also like Adam in that she, too, would share a relationship with God. Both Adam and Eve had the capacity to know God, unlike the animals he created. God had given them the ability to know truth, beauty and reason and that their relationship with God would define them.

This gift of love from God is fragile. A close bond or union between two people that is intimate, trusting, loving, caring, allows for vulnerability, for complete nakedness, both physically and literally. This is a union of two people that are yearning for companionship and intimacy. For Adam and Eve, they found all this in one another.

In this account, we are reminded of God’s intention and desire for us not to be alone. God intended that we find a bond of love that is deep and intimate. It was His intention that there be an equality of relationship and that this love should endure all the pain and pleasure of life. The connection and union of marriage was God’s plan for humanity.

Dear God,

We are truly blessed by your intention that we should never be alone. Thank you for the gift of a union with one that is deeply loved. May you be kept at the centre of all these unions daily, and we ask that our connections deepen so that our relationships may go from strength to strength.

Amen.

 
Gillian Hugo

Gillian was educated at Pretoria High School for Girls and at Johannesburg College of Education where she qualified as a pre-school teacher. She has taught for more than 20 years in the government and private sectors. Gillian is married and has 2 children. She is training as a mindset and mindfulness coach. Gillian enjoys being creative and her hobbies include watercolour painting, reading, travelling and she loves the beach!

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