Genesis 2 is not an old b?bb?-m?ze! (Genesis 2: 21-25)
Bubbe-meises are ‘old wives tales’. I came to know the LORD when I was 12. We had just moved up to Papua New Guinea from Australia because my Dad was hired by the Australian Government to be a high school agriculture science teacher in a place called Goroka, in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea. A fellow class mate at the elementary school invited me to Sunday School and there I became a Believer. Later, when I was in the 8th grade, I was sent back down to Australia to boarding school, where I spent the next 4 years. The boarding school was run by a certain Christian denomination which had bought into the theory of evolution and subsequently thrown out the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Then in turn, because they had thrown out Genesis, Christ in their minds became a humanitarian with a social gospel. We would hear sermons about UNICEF and recycling, and various social issues, but very little about the Bible and Jesus dying on the cross for man’s sin. During my last year there I asked my Ancient History teacher (who was also a deacon in that church & the school Chaplin) “What about Adam and Eve?” His response was that the story of Adam & Eve was basically just ‘an old wives tale’ that was used to explain how things began, that we didn’t need anymore. I was cut to the heart! I didn’t want to believe what he said, and at that time I didn’t have anybody else I could turn to, so I stuff it away for a time. (My parents are evolutionists.)
The following year the LORD answered my prayers and so my parents moved back down to Australia, and we moved to a place called Alice Springs, somewhere in the hot red heart of Australia. There was a Christian bookstore there, with real live Christians who ran the place, and they had a reading table. They became my second family. One day I found 2 different tracks on that reading table. One was the Chick Track ‘Big Daddy?’ and the other one was by Dr. Duane Gish, titled ‘Have You Been Brain-Washed?’ After reading those 2 tracks I decided that the ones telling the bubbe-mises were the evolutionist, including my old Ancient History teacher! From that point on I mentally threw out everything they had ever taught me, and began again from scratch, using God’s word alone as my foundation of truth.
Well, I wasn’t going to present the end of Genesis 2, because like the previous section concerning the forbidden fruit, most pastors sooner or later deal with the subject, and parts of this section of scripture are even talked about in the wedding ceremony. But then I thought that it might strengthen somebody’s faith to see what the Hebrew Text looks like, and a couple other things that I’ve never heard pastors mention before, so here goes…
Let’s start with the Hebrew Text:
Also notice that only one rib was taken out of Adam. The Hebrew word ‘achat’ is the feminine version of ‘echad’, which means ‘one, only one, alone, all by itself’. It’s the same word that’s used in Deut 6:4 “Hear O Israel, the LORD our God the LORD is One” It was not a section of his ribs. It was one bone!
The purpose of a rib is to protect the vital organs. It protects that which keeps the body alive. The rib has a sacred assignment from YAHVEH Elohim!
The Hebrew word tzayla [pronounced z?y-l?h] “rib” (or “side”) is also used in God’s Tabernacle to describe:
- the sides of the altar of incense (Exodus 30:4, 37:27),
- the sides of the altar of sacrifice (Exodus 27:7, 38:7),
- the sides of the ark of the covenant (Ex 25:12, 37:3) where God’s Commandments were put), and
- the inside walls of both the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:20,26,27,35. 36:25,31,32), and
- the Temple including The Holy of Holies (1 Kings 6:5,8).
- It is also used in Ezekiel 41 concerning the side chambers of the future temple.
This is the majority of where this particular word is used in scripture. (It’s used in this way about 45 times.)
Scripture explains scripture! …and this is not going to be politically correct, but here goes…
The woman/rib was to protect what was precious to YAHVEH! What an assignment!
And as a person’s ribs are concealed with skin,
and the boards on the inside of the temple were concealed with animal skins,
and as the inside of the temple was concealed from the eyes of the world,
so is a wife to be. She should not be drawing attention to herself, but to her husband.
The Ark of The Covenant, and The Altar of Incense (which represents prayer) were not visible to the outside world. The only thing that was visible to the outside world was the sides (ribs) of the Altar where burnt offerings/personal sacrifices were made. There’s a lot to think about here. Was it the walls of the Tabernacle that were the center of focus, or was it what was inside those walls that was to be the center of focus? The walls made a place for the center of focus to be. We can ask the same question about the sides of the altar of incense, the sides of the altar where the animal sacrifices were burnt, and the sides of the Ark of the Covenant. The ribs/sides made the container or home, or resting place for what each piece was all about.
An interesting, but sad thing happened in 2 Samuel 6:6-7 and 1 Chronicles 13:9: Uzzah died for touching the side of the Ark. God struck him down for his irreverence. Although the sides of the Ark were not the center of focus, but what was inside the Ark, and what sat on top of the Ark, nevertheless, the sides were to be treated with the utmost respect, and according to the instructions that God had given. [See also 1 Pet 3:7]
And now please excuse me while I go duck for cover!
And as I’m running I have one more thing to throw at you… It’s some more food for thought…
It’s juicy and not politically correct either!
Another Hebrew word for man
The other Hebrew word for ‘man’ is ‘?sh’ (pronounced ee-sh) which also means ‘Husband’
The way you spell this in Hebrew is ?l?ph-y?d-shin. Each letter is a picture of something.
The aleph is the leader. An aleph is a bull or a ram, an animal that is used for a sacrifice.
The yud is a closed hand as if holding a tool. It means to do or to make, as in work.
The shin is a set of teeth. It means to consume, or to put your whole heart into what you are doing.
The letters say that the man is to put his whole heart into his assignment from YAHWEH.
The Hebrew word for ‘woman’ is ‘ishah’ (pronounced ee-shah) It’s spelled aleph-shin-hey.
The ‘Hey’ means ‘to reveal something’. What is it revealing?
The ‘aleph’ (The Leader) & the ‘shin’ (what he is putting his whole heart into).
Her assignment: She was made to protect the image of God and reveal it at the same time!