Here’s a quick recap of last week’s post— Woman was created:
- In the image of God,
- For relationship with God and Adam,
- In the garden of Eden,
- And shamelessly, happily, and blessedly naked.
In short, Eve was exactly who God said she was.
Let’s look at the God-designed context of her creation: Genesis 2:7 explains how God made Man, 2:18 states that Adam was alone, and 2:22 describes that God made Woman out of Adam.
Between Adam’s creation and Woman’s creation, God put Adam to work naming all the animals God had created (Gen. 2:18-20). Talk about a long day. Why didn’t God give that assignment after Woman was created? She could’ve taken half of the animals and helped get the job done in half the time.
Instead of detailing all the creativity and wonder of Adam as he named every living thing that could move on its own, Genesis 2:20 focuses on the search for a helper comparable to Adam. Despite all the diversity of creation, Adam came up empty.
During this time, Adam discovered that he was the only one who was alone in his kind and his responsibilities. Then God, in his mercy, remedied the situation by creating Woman out of Adam’s rib (Gen. 2:21-22).
Woman filled the only void that existed in creation and God made sure that Adam knew it. She was the companion in mind, body, and spirit that he needed. But, wait! There’s more.
The Hebrew word ezer is typically translated as “helper” (Strong 42). I don’t know about you, but that feels a bit First Grade to me. Not flattering.
However, this word is only used twenty-one times in the Old Testament. Eighteen of those times, ezer refers to God’s divine intervention on behalf of his children who are on the cusp of disaster.
One of the remaining references is a negative (Is. 30:5). In other words, that verse is saying, “Dude, you are so not helping.” The last two refer to Woman.
Breathe this fact in until it mingles with your toes, my friend: The positive identifications of ezer only refer to God and to Woman.
Based on the uses throughout the Old Testament, here’s my functional definition of ezer: powerful, overwhelming, in-the-nick-of-time military help. Think Gideon with three hundred men carrying jars and torches defeating well-trained, well-armed soldiers. Jericho’s walls collapsing at the sound of a worship service. A stone toppling a giant.
That’s the word God uses to describe Woman.
That’s the mold in which you and I were made: that of a powerful warrior lending aid to an ally.
Woman not only kept Adam from aloneness, but she was empowered to render the essential assistance he needed to carry out his purpose: The steward, filling and subduing the earth, and governing all living things.
How breath-taking. What a mission. What a woman she must have been. Woman was fully confident, fully capable, and fully empowered to assist in the exact moment and the exact manner that was needed.
No wonder Satan went after her.
Strong, James. “Ezer.” The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, Thomas Nelson, 1996, pp. 472.