Genesis 2:19-25 (NKJV)
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
The Beginning, Part 3
According to the more detailed account of creation found in Genesis 2:19-20, “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.”
When I watch various nature shows about the animal kingdom I am always surprised that there are so many different species of animals on earth. The thought of giving each species a name is overwhelming!
Selecting a name for four children was difficult enough! I mean, seriously...how did he come up with orangutan, or octopus? The list of strange names goes on and on. Plus, there are names that are complex and names that are ever so simple, like dog and cat. I think coming up with so many names would have required great patience and intelligence.
That led me to seriously wonder how intelligent was Adam? According to creationmements.com, he was highly intelligent, especially before the Fall. We know that everything in the garden was perfect and without sin prior to the Fall in Genesis 3. The animals didn’t fight. Vegetation was abundant. More importantly, the food Adam, Eve, and the animals ate was filled with nutrition. Yes, Adam was a genius. It’s possible that every cell in his brain was working.
It’s been said that we only use a small portion of the brain power we have available. It’s highly likely that before the Fall, Adam used maximum brain power (https://creationmoments.com/article/how-intelligent-was-adam/).
In Genesis 2:21-25, we learn, “But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
In this section of scripture the writer details out what we read in Genesis 2:18 where God decided to give Adam a helper. When God created Eve, Adam was in a deep sleep and when Adam woke up, God brought Eve to him.
It’s notable here that while Adam was asleep God took a rib and from that He created woman. Now, that’s advanced DNA matching! Beyond that, what’s astonishing is that when Adam woke up he knew what had happened. In Genesis 2:23-25, we learn,
“And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
And so, the delicate and intricate relationship between a man and a wife was born.
It is a real thing created by God.
It’s holy and set apart from other relationships.
But living on this side of the Fall means it can be a delicate relationship. We are a broken people and as such we rely on God. I remember the pain and anguish that came as a result of the severing of the tie of becoming one flesh.
I remember the moment it happened. I had a vision and I felt my flesh being torn from the inside. God knew it was over and He separated us.
While some people experience the same separation slowly, mine was not. It happened in an instant and I knew everything had changed. It took years for me to reconcile the pain, but slowly and surely God healed me.
When I was four years old I had my tonsils removed. I still remember how much my throat hurt when I woke up. But, the women’s hospital auxiliary for Independence Regional Hospital (then called Sanitarium) gave me a homemade Humpty Dumpty. I still have it 63 years later.
Do you remember the Nursery Rhyme?
“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.”
The day I felt my flesh tear, I thought I was Humpty Dumpty and I could never be put back together. On my own, I could not, but with God, “all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26j.
God brings man and woman together and God can separate them. Regardless of the circumstances, God can heal.
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: healing
If you (or someone else) are hurting, give it to God and ask Him to heal it. It may take time. Leave it with Jesus.
In God/Jesus, Deborah