Genesis 2:15 — “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
He put Adam in charge of the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. He did this before he even made Eve. When He created Eve, He said in 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.”
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God made man and women to be a team, and that team is meant to be working together in marriage or when parenting. I see men on social media, on TV, even in person who think that God made a slave for Adam when He created Eve. Let’s start with the definition of “Helpmeet.”
Noun – A person, place or thing. A helpmeet is a PERSON — not a THING.
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I know there are men out there that may not be where they wanted to be in life. They didn’t get the education they needed, so men go out of their way to let you know how much they know. They may not have been able to get this job, or go into the military, or lead as they may have wanted. That does not mean you are not valuable and you don’t need to stand on “EVE” to make yourself taller.
God told Adam to work the Garden and keep it. He did not call Adam to do this until Eve was created. Adam’s calling did not get changed to one of bossing Eve around. Adam was never instructed to sit on the couch or the porch and bark out orders for food or coffee. These same men also say things like, “We’ve been paying for Eve’s sin from the start.”
Genesis 3: 6-7 The woman saw that the tree’s fruit was good to eat and pleasing to look at. She also saw that it would make a person wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it. Then both of them knew things they had never known before. They realized they were naked. So they sewed together fig leaves and made clothes for themselves.
The next time you start to think Sin was all Eve’s fault, reread Genesis 3:6-7 and notice what Adam is doing. He was right next to her, but not helping Eve with the temptation of sin. He was not the helpmeet she needed. It says, “and he ate it.” He may have been second, but he was not less guilty.
So before you start to climb up on your high horse to pass out judgment to what women must do for men, realize your calling.
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Help your wife by being there in the every day things because that’s where she needs you to be the helpmeet for her. Just like God said, it wasn’t good for man to be alone, it’s not good for your wife to be alone either.
Does dinner need to be cooked? God put you in your Garden to work it and keep it. Get off the couch and help your wife. Don’t be a Jack! Become the husband your wife needs you to be and man God created you to be.
Author: Tj Todd is the creative director of UNCOMMEN and the CEO of Studio490 Creative Services.