Audio from The Adventum, Volume 1, Disc 1: 15:21-18:20
But how could anything related to Adam NOT be good before sin entered the world? After all, everything spoken into existence in the first five days of creation were proclaimed “good”; and then “very good” after God formed Adam on the sixth day.
We know the first man was “very good” because he was perfect – created in God’s image and given life through the very breath of our Creator. But shortly thereafter, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him”.
So, it wasn’t Adam himself that was “not good”; it was his state of aloneness. Adam was deficient in his ability to accurately portray the image of God without another complementary companion. But with Eve at his side, the couple was now “complete”.
"It wasn’t Adam himself that was “not good”; it was his state of aloneness."
Who was this “helper”? When we take a closer look at the original text, helper is translated from the Hebrew word ‘ezer. We know ezer doesn’t convey subservience because this same word is used throughout Scripture to describe God as our Helper. We would never think of God as subservient to man, nor should we consider Eve’s role as Adam’s lesser assistant.
The word helper seems to suggest that Eve was Adam’s “ideal partner”. While Adam (man) was chosen to fulfill the “head” role, Eve was not inferior (or superior) to him; she was his perfect match – an opposite and equal partner.
When God announced His intention to create humanity, He was referring to both male and female – two unique and interdependent sexes that would enjoy dominion over the earth together. And after God’s marvelous symbiotic creation of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden was like Paradise on Earth.
Bible Passages: Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18, 21-23, Genesis 5:1-2, Psalm 54:4, John 14:16, 1 Corinthians 11:11, Galatians 3:26-28.