Genesis 2:20b-25: ‘This is it!’

“But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib  he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  23 The man said,

‘This is now bone of my bone,  and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman”, for she was taken out of man.’ 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” NIV UK

Although man exercised such delegated authority, and had a special relationship with God’s other creatures, there was still an aching void which remained un-filled.

‘But what is power without love, or a throne without a consort? Eve was, therefore, given to crown Adam’s bliss; taken from his side, as afterward the Church from the opened side of Christ. See John 19:34 and Eph.5:25.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.16.

I heard someone say that when Adam woke up from his sleep he said something which, in the original, has the idea of, ‘This is it!’ (23). This was what he had been waiting for; this was who he had been looking for. Now he felt a completeness hitherto unknown

The marriage of one man to one woman is God’s invention, and like the rest of His creation it is ‘good’. Also, like the rest of the created order, it has been affected by the fall. Sin spoils marriages and ultimately blasts people apart. But if we will keep looking to the One who gave us the gift of marriage, and if we trust in His resources, we can nevertheless know a wonderful harmony and intimacy.