The creation of Eve calls into question why God chose to make her from Adam’s flesh, when He could just have easily created her in the same manner in which He created Adam – from the dust of the ground. How is it that the creation accounts of Adam and Eve are so very different, yet the Creator is the same?
Looking at the verses in Chapter 2: 18-20, we see that Adam was busy naming the animals that God had caused to come to him after He formed them out of the ground. Did you catch that? Did you catch that God formed the animals in the same manner in which He formed Adam – from the ground? And although God formed the animals from the ground, the Bible never tells us that ‘He breathed into their nostrils the breath of life and they became a living being’ , as it does for the Creation of Adam. So what gave the animals their life? The Bible doesn’t say. It simply says they were formed from the ground, and as living creatures, they were brought to Adam for him to name them. So God could have breathed into them, or He could have caused life to come into them in another way. We simply don’t know.
But what does it say about Eve? Is the Bible telling us that her creation was somehow inferior since she was not formed in the same unique and creative manner as Adam and the animals? Far from it. When a rib was taken from Adam to create Eve, God was using the very DNA from his best creation, His perfect creation of a human, and replicating that in the woman. Yet, he was doing more than that. He was showing the woman that without the man, she would not be in existence, and therefore, creating an order for the family. Just as a woman is very protective of a baby that comes from her womb, I think that by creating woman from man, God was creating something for Adam to care for, love, and protect. It was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. Just as an infant is that to the mother and the bond of love in an unbreakable one.
The part of Genesis Chapter two that is most intriguing is in verse 24, when it states “for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife…” Why would this be here in this spot? There were no fathers and mothers at this point. In fact, if we believe the Creation account, there were no other beings on the face of the earth except for Adam and Eve. And while I believe every word in the Bible is inspired from God, there is also a human element to it. And here is where I believe that is evident. For how can it state anything about fathers and mothers, and leaving them to be with a wife? There had been no marriage? Therefore, there could also be no wife. There was simply man and there was simply woman. The terminology of wife and marriage had not yet come. And to me, the placement of that sentence here makes no logical sense because immediately after the statement, the writer turns his writing back to the creation saying, “the man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”
Regardless of the reasons why the writer placed that there, this part of the Chapter is dedicated to woman being created to be a suitable helper for man. And I think it is setting up the “fall” in the Garden of Eden, because as we will see next time, Adam is with Eve in the Garden when she eats of the fruit. He did not intervene, did not protect her, in fact he joins her, and that is why God also punishes him. And the animals? Well they would also have to suffer because of man.