Genesis 2:18 (KJV) And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Strong’s # 5828 (Hebrew = ezer) aid: — help
Strong’s Root = # 5826 (Hebrew = azar) azar = prime root: to surround, ie, protect or aid: help, succour
Gesenius adds that the primary idea lies in girding, surrounding, hence defending ~ warrior
Hebrew = kenegdo; corresponding, counterpart, matching or equal to
(The word “helper” does not entail his inadequacy, nor her inferiority, for elsewhere it is often used of God.)
I sometimes wonder, how long was Adam in the garden? When God placed Adam there, He gave instructions, there were boundaries even then (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). God said He would make him a help(er); that came after Adam was charged with naming the animals, keeping the Garden. But God never intended for man to be alone. Even with all the animals around there was a need for more; perhaps he was lonely (I cannot imagine though, walking with God as he did). Yet there was a relationship that had to be created; companionship – togetherness. From the very beginning, God was showing the power and importance of relationships and community, the need for fellowship with one with another.
Dr. Susan Hyatt gives the following definition from her book In the Spirit We’re Equal “Re: Hebrew ezer kenegdo. In Genesis 2:18, the word “helpmeet” does not occur. The Hebrew expression ezer kenegdo appears, meaning “one who is the same as the other and who surrounds, protects, aids, helps, supports.” There is no indication of inferiority or of a secondary position in an hierarchical separation of the male and female “spheres” of responsibility, authority, or social position.
The word ezer is used twice in the Old Testament to refer to the female and 14 times to refer to God. For example, in the Psalms when David says, “The Lord is my Helper,” he uses the word ezer.”
How deep is His love for His creation? Those of us made in His image? Consider the depth and power that comes from God taking one of Adam’s ribs from his side and creating Eve, as a helper, a companion, a lover, of equal being to Adam. Together as one. I honestly never wanted to be married with children. I was always happily single, working in the community as a social worker, caring for those with great need. When my husband came along, and our first son, neither of us were believers. We were two totally opposite people; we can both attest that left to our own devices we would not have chosen one another for this life. Yet God had a plan; He put us together and today we can see how greatly we work together. It’s beautiful too how our relationship with our spouse is to be an ensample to others of our relationship with Christ, as His bride. So very powerful I think. I mean, we are to get honor God when we are truly helping our husbands. When we are working together, as one. Not as a housed divided, but with one mind and heart and purpose.
Jesus, I pray now that every woman would truly embrace what it means to be a helper to her husband and to begin joyfully walking in her purpose, where you have called her to be. Lord you saw the need for us to be together, for us work and love and serve, as one. Help us Lord be what our husbands need us to be, to do as we ought for you Lord, for our families and our husbands, working with them and not against them, helping them to be where you created them to be, in their purpose and calling, as the wise woman building up our home for your glory. Lord I want my husband to be well pleased in all that I say and do; let me be a woman who brings him and you, great honor. Bless me with your wisdom and love, help me to walk this walk, as your Bride and his, showing an abundance of your fruits. All for your great glory! In Jesus name ❤
May we live out too, Joshua’s decision, living boldly “though none go with me, still I will follow.” http://youtu.be/ypi4jz2_sHk