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. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept 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; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
The creation story in Genesis 1-3 is one of the most commonly misused passages in all of Scripture. You can find entire sections of the Christian bookstores dedicated to creation. They are filled with dozens of different theories explaining how God created everything and what the language really means in light of science. Most of the literature has in-depth and persuasive arguments explaining the methodology of creation. While this is certainly not a bad thing, and it has value, Genesis 1-3 intends to teach us about truth much more valuable than how we are created. When God inspires Moses to write Genesis He desires us to further understand why we are created.
Once God created man, He put man to work in the garden. As the man began working, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” This was not a specific statement speaking to the first man only. This was a blanket statement that has, and will continue to apply to all of mankind. Moreover, this need does not come from our sinful nature, but rather our intended creation. We know this because God gives man the community of a woman before sin enters the world. Therefore, what we find in Genesis 2:18 is one of the most significant concepts in all of scripture. Humans were created to be relational! This is why we long for a restored relationship with God, and it is also why we need to be in relationships with other humans. For many of us this relationship will be most actively displayed in our marriages and families. The very core of who you are as a human being is wired and designed to be relational. This means we must give these relationships priority.
This relational predisposition has significant implications in our lives. Maybe you have uttered or at least heard statements like, “All I need is God.” You thought that was a holy way of speech and attitude. While in context it could be, I would challenge you to consider and know that God is relational, and made us to be as well. In addition, while our greatest relational need is the need to know God, we are led to that relationship and encouraged in that relationship through our workings with community. After all, the Holy Spirit (who is God) is in each and every believer (1 Corinthians 3:16). This means the community of believers and your relationships with them is one of the ways we know and experience God.
I would encourage you to take this challenge today: Read Genesis 2:18-23 and let the significance of it settle in for a few minutes. Take a step back; forget about the “how we are created” questions and consider the “why we are created” question. You are a relational being. God’s very design of your life is to find value in community. Is that currently of value and priority in your life?
Have dinner with friends and/or family!