Genesis 2:18 - 24
ESV - 18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens 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.
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The following is my limited understanding of God's creation of Eve. According to the Jewish tradition, God made Eve from Adam's rib a) Not out of man’s foot to be trampled upon by him, b) Not out of his head to rule over him, c) But out of his rib [side], so that he might protect and love her [from under his arm to be protected] [next to the heart to be loved] closeness, intimacy
I think we need to look at the bigger picture of Gods plan and purpose. God said "be fruitful and multiply"...to experience fruitfulness there has to be a cleaving process. Unless it was bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, how are they going to cleave together to become one flesh? As coming from one flesh, you appreciate one another because they come from one flesh. There is no competition because they come from one flesh. No one is superior because they come from one flesh. One hand is not better than the other. Out of the first Adam he created Eve, out of the Last Adam he created the church. Out of the rib Eve, his bride was formed, out of his broken body and shed blood, the church, his bride was formed.
I LOVE this verse from the bible because of what it signifies when you really think about it. You can touch any part of your body but nothing feels as intimate or as close to you than when you touch your side. Go ahead and try it. Touch your arm, your leg, your stomach, your shoulder and then touch your ribs and notice the different sensation you get when you do. I think God using the rib signifies the closeness and intimacy that is to be shared between male and female in Godly union and relationship. Take your hand, place it on your rib and then lower your arm on top of it and feel the closeness. The rib (or your side) is a place of intimacy, closeness, and even protection. The rib also, "protects" your most vital organs (heart and lungs) and in a sense that's what a woman does; she protects her mate and he does the same. God does everything for a reason and one of the reasons I think he chose the rib is to signify the close and intimate bond that man and woman are to share when they are in a Godly union. She is bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh. She is to be loved, cherished, respected, honored, and protected. She is not to be misused, trampled on, neglected, or taken advantage of. She is a part of you (literally and spiritually). Just my thoughts.
I believe God used Adam's rib to create the woman for Adam was to demonstrate interdependence, probably. Adam was put to sleep and his side opened that he might have a wife (Genesis 2:21), but Jesus died on a cross and his blood shed that he might have wife, "a bride," i.e. the church (John 19:33-37).
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