Genesis 2:18 “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
I know men who love to quote Ephesians 5:22-24 to people about their wives submitting to them. PRO TIP: You need to be a man of God to be respected as a man of God. But today’s article is about the role and responsibility that God gave Adam…not Eve.
This verse is for every husband that just mails it in every chance they get. They sit on the sofa and yell, “when is dinner ready?”. Can you make me a cup of coffee? Why is the house dirty?
Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
Working It | Adam and Eve
Notice that God put Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. That includes everything. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. For some reason, men of my dad’s and granddad’s age came to the conclusion that women were to do all the things that men shouldn’t do. I don’t know where that came from, but it’s not Biblical in the slightest. God put Adam in charge of the Garden not to boss Eve around, but rather to LEAD. Notice the “work it” and “keep it” in the verse. Sounds like Adam was called to action. Are you a man of action?
Our next verse spotlight is verse 18, and it tells us it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so God made the man a helper. Hang on a second…it says, “a helper fit for him” or a “help meet” in the KJV. The word “help” indicates that Eve was to help Adam, not to take over or do all the work Adam didn’t want to do.
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Supporting It | Adam and Eve
I heard a story from an old preacher outline the story of Man/Woman like this.
God made the woman out of man’s rib as it was the closest to his heart. He didn’t take it from man’s head so she could be over him. He didn’t take it from man’s foot so he could be a tyrant to her. God took it from man’s side for the woman to be a helper to man.
Our suggestion is when you think of your “Garden of Eden,” remember your helper is there to support you. You are there for each other and should approach the responsibilities as such.
About the Author: Tj Todd is the President of Studio490 Creative Services and Uncommen.
Work it and keep it! I love it and thank you for the perspective. I lead the couples ministry at my church and these are the things that can be “game changers “ for couples!
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Our focus should be on laying down our lives for our wives as Christ did for us, not on an opinion or on a culture. Weather a woman runs the duties of the house and the man provides the income or vice versa is irrelevant. Too much focus is against old traditions of women and men’s roles, we should both serve each other as Christ did for us.
I often tell my male friends my wife is not before me or behind me she is to be by my side always. I always lived my life with her with that as my mantra and for 25 years this year it has worked.
The thing that is funny I lead more often than not but she relinquishes to me because I have walked the walk and keep my promises and when I am wrong I admit it. I think because of that she respectfully allows me to lead.
Leadership is never given it is EARNED men.
You are to help one another if your wife hasn’t done the dishes when she got home, you do them. Instead of her cooking supper you cook. If theres no laundry done then don’t ask why, just do some.
Carlin, Thanks for the input.
I would suggest that a conversation on how you could help each other get those things done would do wonders for a marriage.
BAM! Glad to be refreshed on some pride I was wrestling with. Thanks UNCOMMEN.
Thank you Joshua for letting us know!
Powerful, thank you so much for this.
May God bless you,so interesting
Kayston, Thank you and God Bless
My wife and I have always shared duties,as I was on my own for almost 5 year’s before we married and now that I am retired I have time to do more and don’t mind we have always gotten along God has blessed me with a wonderful Godly Man of faith,I am truly blessed to have her