Why Take A Risk, When You Can Have A Rib? Gen. 2:18, 21-23
Strange title, right? Let me explain….
Scripture reports to us Adam’s beginning “moments” on earth. (I say “moments” because technically time had not started in that the curse of death had not yet fallen. Anyway…) Notice, Adam was given responsibility – God put him to work; SISTERS, HE HAD A JOB FIRST. AND A HOME TOO, FOR THAT MATTER. Ok, I digress…
But as Adam is doing what he is supposed to do, God recognizes a need; He sees that Adam is alone. So, God prepares a helper, companion, and complimentary counterpart for him named Eve. How did God do this? He put Adam to SLEEP (there are times in choosing a mate, where you have to get out of the way and let God work…), doing surgery on him (while God is working for you, He is also working on and in you…) and took from him A RIB. God finished the surgery, closing the “hole” in Adam. Then He, God, brought to Adam, the one who represented a “whole” relationship, Eve. She was fashioned from A RIB, THEE RIB that God took from Adam. Dating and choosing a mate is often very ‘risky’ because of the multiplicity of unknowns involved. You really don’t know everything there is to know about the person whom, in the least you’re dating, and at most, whom you’re considering marrying. Even if you do ‘your’ due diligence, it is still very ‘risky’ business. But why take a risk, when you can have a rib? See, Eve wasn’t just any old kind of a mate. SHE WAS THEE ONE THAT GOD MADE FOR ADAM, FROM ADAM. She was ADAM’S RIB. She was fashioned out of a part from Adam – his rib. And God made her into the whole of what Adam needed. There were no options; there were no choices; this aspect of Adam’s (and Eve’s) life was not a multiple choice test. It was a finished essay, written by the God of Heaven. Adam and Eve did not have to wonder whether or not they were ‘doing the right thing’. They did not have to wonder whether or not ‘this is the right one.’ God removed all of the risk by providing THEE RIB.
When Adam saw Eve, he knew she was the one, because he was looking at HIS RIB. When Eve saw Adam, she knew he was the one, because she saw where she was THEE RIB he was missing. Brothers, why take a ‘risk’, when God has your rib? Sisters, why be a risk, when God has appointed you to be THEE RIB for YOUR Adam? If you keep God at the forefront of your dating and mating endeavors, you can eliminate the risk and have a rib.
Incidentally, the absolutely stunning and dazzling individual in the picture with me is MY RIB – Patricia K Butler