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."
Have you ever thought that there was something missing in your life? It happens sometimes, although often we are so busy doing stuff, that we really don’t have time to consider who we are, where we’re going, or how we’re doing. Its part of the reason why God gave us a day of rest, to give us time to think about such things.
So, who are you? Where are you going? How are you doing? How is life treating you? There are a couple of problems with these questions, first, you never are certain who REALLY wants to know, so often we just say fine. The second problem is that sometimes even if we know someone who really cares, we don’t always know how to put it into words, we might know the basic facts, but not the feelings, or perhaps we just can’t see a big picture, only the here and now, and so we live from moment to moment – which often seems like from crisis to crisis and problem to problem.
A good place to begin is with the simplest question – Who are You? This often points to a very basic problem, for we really don’t know who we are, even if we begin with male, or female – there seems considerable confusion in the world over just what those things mean. These days men are told to be sensitive, and women are sensitive. Women are told that if they want to be equal, and fit into the world, they should act like one of the guys, tough, pragmatic, practical. And if it is confusing for adults, how much more for children, who aren’t old enough to remember the way things used to be. But God has not left us helpless, for people are living longer so that they can pass on their wisdom to those who want to know.
Who are you? If you begin with first things first, hopefully, from my perspective, the first thing will be this: I am a Christian. How did we become a Christian? God was at work in us, He called us by the gospel enlightened us with his gifts sanctifies and keeps us in true faith. One can rightly say, God made me a Christian. And to know more about who I am as a Christian, we turn to God, we search His Word, and he guides us into all we need to know, and over and over again we hear, that being a Christian is living as a child of God. We hear about law, which shows us our sin, and guides us in the way of repentance, and gospel which tells us of the forgiveness which is ours in Jesus blood. And as a child of God we know that our purpose is to follow the example that God has given us in Jesus Christ our Savior, for when God calls us to follow, he also shows us how the children of God are to live.
Children are children, you don’t make distinctions, but parents love them all equally. And so God loves us all equally, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female. We are all saved in the same way, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And though we are the same, for we are all children of God, there are differences, not with regard to salvation, but with regard to who we are, and what we have been called to do. And while the distinctions of Jew or Greek, slave or free, may have made sense to St Paul and the Romans, the Corinthians, and the Galatians, they are not distinctions we tend to make in our age, and some even argue that we should not make distinctions about male and female. But God makes the male/female distinction clear, and teaches us that it has been that way since creation, and so it will continue until the end of the world.
And so God says, this is what it is to be male, and God says, this is what it is to be female, and just like at creation, -- and it is so. God gave man all the animals, and man named them, but there was not a suitable companion among them, not even the dog. And God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, and so God made a suitable companion, a helper, a friend, and someone to love, it was bone from his bone and flesh from his flesh, so woman was created, from the rib of man, so that she would always be at his side.
It was not good for man to be alone, because the love God had showered on the man, needed some sort of outlet, for it is the love of God, the love with which he first loved us, that moves us to love, its part of who we are. And so God gave the woman to the man, confident that the man would love the women with all his heart and soul – and that that love which binds us to God, would be reflected in the love which men have for women – and just as God provides everything for us, so our love for the women God gave us, would move us to love them, in the same way that God has loved us, and we would see to provide for them all that they might ever need.
And the women loved the men, with the same sort of love, and they were happy helping the men, whom God had given into their lives and it was good. And this love binds them together, and makes them one, alone each would be incomplete, but together they are whole, complete and content, for this is who we are, and how God made us. Anything else,…. Well, there was sin in the world, and it always figths against God and his will, but sin doesn’t win – God already has, in Jesus Christ.