“She shall be called ‘woman’ because she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23
We skip right over it and miss what God is revealing here. Some of us even desecrate His very nature in our misunderstanding.
Paint it any way you like, champion the “philanthropic” nature of feminism, but, underneath, it is rooted in the rebellion against God’s perfect, created design.
That verse in Genesis is not just about a man and woman being created to live together. It was God’s crowning work with which He announced to the world all the fullness of His glory. He’s too big to be revealed in one human being. It is VERY important that we understand that without the distinct characteristics in man and woman, meant to reveal Himself through the union of the two in marriage, we only see a part of who God is.
“She shall be called ISHA, for she was taken out of ISH.”
Now here it is:
“Isha” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “soft“, while “Ish” comes from the word meaning “strength“. Now remember, God had said, “Let us make man in our image”. Adam at first embodied the whole image of God. (Even the word translated “man” in the first part of the verse has a different meaning than what we see after Eve was created.) Literally, God took the feminine softness out of Adam and embodied that in a new creation, woman. God was screaming to Adam, and to us:
“You can only fully understand Me by looking at the totality of Who I am through gender.”
The reason marriage is the illustrated picture of Christ and His bride is because it is the only way two distinctly different beings can come together and join as one flesh, representing the completed picture of who God is.
Is that not mind-blowing?
And when we embrace this uniqueness, celebrating our differences, we say to God, “It is very good”.
But when we bristle at and blur these differences we raise a fist and say, “It is not good”.
And the picture gets clearer…man reflects God’s “going out” power (even in the basic anatomy and events of reproduction), while woman reflects His “receiving” power in her anatomy and her ability to house and nourish life.
This is why homosexuality is an abomination to Him. This is why a rejection of the gift of reproduction fails to display His glory. This is why an egalitarian view of marriage makes a mockery of Him. This is why when we balk at the “warrior” nature of man and the “nurture” nature of woman we act foolishly. It’s all Him!
Do you get this?
Makes me want to shout.
Speak well of God with your femininity.