And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.(Genesis 2:7) NKJV
God couldn’t find a suitable helper from among the beasts of the Earth and he didn’t think that making a compatible mate out of dust was sufficient. Why not? We may never understand the true significance of what the Lord is trying to tell us here, but we’ll give it a shot.
Why wouldn’t a female made from dust be a suitable partner? If she were made from the same progenitor and material then she would have been equal to him. Equivalent in every possible way. Why wouldn’t that have been sufficient? Did the woman need to be substantially superior to man in order to be enough of a challenge for him? Was the idea here, not to give the man a helper who would do what he said but, to give him someone who would cause him to want to excel?
God made man in his own image. The image, man, is at his best when he’s trying to impress a woman. Does that mean that God’s going to give a half-hearted, lackluster, effort at any task unless he’s trying to impress someone? Did God create the universe to impress us? Well, come to think of it, yes he did.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.(Isaiah 2:2-3) NKJV
That’s what this has always been about. God made the universe to be so beautiful and awe-inspiring that we would recognize his wisdom and power and turn to him in worship and adoration. Look at it this way, if God didn’t want sentient, independent, free willed, beings to be impressed by his power he wouldn’t have created the universe at all. I’m impressed. We may be going off another deep end here but we’re not going to stop until we figure this out.
God wants to show us his greatness because he cares about what we think. A man shows off to a woman because he wants her to love him. God wants us to love him. What’s the point of any of this is there’s no love? That’s why the woman couldn’t be made out of dust.
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