When Moses was inspired by God to write the first book of the Bible, he recounted God’s creation of Eve in vivid terms.

Eve, Genesis 2:20 says, was “fit” for Adam. This phrase comes from a Hebrew word meaning “complementary” or “corresponding to.” Each member of the first couple made up what was lacking in the other.

Complementary Is Good

Additionally, Eve was to be a “helper” to Adam. “Helper” is not a demeaning term. In Hebrew, it comes from two words that together mean “enabler” or “one who empowers.”

The same word is used for God numerous times. For example, the psalmist proclaims, “You are our help” — the One Who empowers us — “and our shield” (33:20). Eve was in Good Company.

In what way would Eve be a source of power and strength to her husband? The mandate the Lord gave them seems to answer that question: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  (Gen. 1:28)

In other words, Adam needed someone like him yet distinct from him to enable him to procreate and “multiply.” He also needed someone to help him “subdue” and “have dominion” over the earth. Wisely and intelligently making use of the amazing world their Creator had given them would take more than Adam’s ingenuity and strength. It would take two, and their countless offspring.

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