Monday, 13 October 2008
Call her Woman
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."
19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him.
21 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;
22 and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
23 Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
Like it or not this is God’s word. It wasn’t easy getting it to us, getting men to have the Sprit to hear it, then to write it, then to preserve it, no only God could have made that happened. This word has come through fire, war, heresy, just to get to us, right here, right now! It cost lives. So what was so important? What is God saying?
Call her Woman, is a paraphrase of the above ‘her name is Woman’. It’s easy to forget who you are, not your birth name but who you are, and whose you are. It easy because others forget who you are, they overlook you in promotion, they don’t introduce you at gatherings, they don’t recognise your talents and abilities, but God in this narrative wants to remind you you are ‘woman’. God himself took time to create and fashion you. Your make up is such that you are the only companion that is suitable for man. Yes, there are particular aspects that a dog or a cat can imitate, but as a woman you are the only one who is 100% spot on in everyway. You can’t be replaced, you can’t be substituted. Adam found that out in the garden. God presented Adam with every animal imaginable with all their qualities and abilities but both Adam and God knew none was acceptable for the task of being with man. Only you!
You are unique in all creation, specially brought into being for the qualities, abilities, persona and traits that you alone have. You’re a living, thinking soul who God wants to have relationship with.
Pray one for another. We need it