BCL Grow: Man and Woman — Genesis 2:20-22

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Genesis 2:20-22 (Creation)

Bible Passage

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  — Genesis 2:20-22


“The man and woman are equals but they are not identical, either in appearance (which is not explicit in the text) or in role (which is). He has a responsibility of leadership that she does not have, and she has a responsibility that he does not have, which is to accept his leadership and help tend and keep the garden.” — Claire Smith, God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women, p. 171.

Steps to Take

1. Ask: Being different doesn’t mean two people or two things are not of equal value. What are some ways in which men and women are different from each other? Why are men and women of equal worth in the sight of God? (see Gen. 1:27; Gal. 3:28).

2. Know: The man has the role of the leader in a marriage, and loving his wife as Christ loved the church means he must exercise his leadership humbly, respectfully, and self-sacrificially (Eph. 5:25-33). A wife is called to show her husband all due respect as she helps him care for their family to the glory of God. While the roles of husbands and wives are different, they are both essential in the sight of God.

3. Act: As Claire Smith points out in her book God’s Good Design, a loving Christian marriage is like a dance where the two people move beautifully as one unit; it is a blessing to behold. Much humility and grace need to be exercised by both husbands and wives as they seek to honor Christ in their God-given roles in marriage.

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