Eve: Created as a Strong Helper

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Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”— Genesis 2:18 (ESV)

To Read: Genesis 2

Biblical Synopsis: As God created the word, he noted at the end of each creation day that everything was “good.” But when God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden, he noted something different—it was not good for man to be alone, he needed a helper.

Application for Today:
The English word helper reflects the Hebrew phrase Ezer kenegdo, literally meaning “help in front of him” or “help opposite him.” It is probably best translated in our vernacular as “a helper corresponding to him.”

Notably, this word Ezer occurs 21 times in Scripture, and only five times is it used to describe a person. All other instances refer to God as the “helper of his people” and often has an emphasis on military aid.[1]

Few would argue that God is inferior to Israel, so it would seem that this word does not indicate that the woman is inferior to the man either. Rather, she is a “strong helper,” or an “intimate ally” in the spiritual battle to be waged against good and evil.

As gospel-proclaimers, men and women have been perfectly partnered to reach the world.

[1] Carolyn Custis James, When Life and Beliefs Collide, Kindle edition, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), 181.