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Genesis 2:15-25

Eve Arrives

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die." 18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, 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. 20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken." 24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

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Musings

Most parents know if you put a young child in a room with a toy and say "you can do anything you want but don't play with that toy," they are going to play with that toy. However, all is still well. Adam's naming stuff, getting lots of company and God, not Adam, decides he needs a partner. Enter Eve. Adam is ecstatic, but I'm not so sure the other animals aren't just a little bit jealous. One assumes that all the creatures had partners too, but that really doesn't contribute to the story until Noah and the flood. Humans being made male and female from the start (Genesis 1) makes more sense from a creation point of view, but this does explain nicely how we seem to be short a rib and it also establishes that Adam and Eve are made for each other. Also of note - nakedness is no big deal. Adam and Eve aren't really any more self-aware than the other animals, although Adam and God are working on names together.


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