“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (1:27). This image of God placed in mankind is to reflect the character of God in the way they relate to each other. There was no other creature that God took a piece of the first to form the second. But with man, God made sure that Adam’s “helper” was a rib taken from man, a part of man that was nearest his heart and part of his support structure. From that rib “the Lord God …made a woman and brought her to the man” (2:21-22). Though Adam reviewed “every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens…there was not found a helper fit for him” (2:19, 20).
It was necessary for God to “make (Adam) a helper fit for him” (2:18). In response to the perfect design of God, Adam said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (2:23). In that statement, I see some exciting emotions with Adam. We need to recapture those feelings toward our spouse. In the light of this divine act, it should not surprise us that God followed Adam’s words with the command, “and they shall become one flesh” (2:24).
The unity between a man (husband) and woman (wife) was God’s design from the beginning. As this unity is worked out in our marriages, we then reflect the original design of our Creator God, and this glorifies Him. At the same time, we gain renewed joy in God’s design for us.