The Uniqueness of Woman – Part 3

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“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows well”– Psalm 139:14

Our search for clues in the scripture concerning our uniqueness as women continues. Today, we will look at some more indicators to the fact that women are truly unique beings. First on today’s list is the method by which the first woman was created.

[3] Built Up and Made

In my previous blog, I discussed that both man and woman were created as human beings, and different from the rest of creation. However, a careful study shows that the method of the creation of man (male) was different from that of woman (female). Even though both were created in God’s image, man and woman were created differently. The method of woman’s creation clearly distinguished her from man and the rest of creation.

Here’s what the scripture says about the creation of man (male):

“Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

God took dust and formed man out of the dust, breathed life into him and man came alive. The Hebrew word for ‘formed’ is ‘yatsar’ {pronounced yaw-tsar} which means to form, fashion or frame. It also means to pre-ordain, pre-determine, plan or give purpose or intention of a situation. This gives the idea of an initial sketch, outline or drawing, similar to the initial sketch an artist makes before actually filling a painting with colour and detail, or the structure/frame a builder puts up before actually laying the bricks, pipes, etc. This implies that God created the man as a sort of ‘framework,’ with every intention of completing him, otherwise, he would be incomplete and bare. It also explains why God had said’ “It is not good that the man should be alone!” Man was an unfinished creation!

In the creation of woman, however, the process was totally different.

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh. And the rib or part of his side, which the Lord God had taken from the man, He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:21-22

First of all, God did not take put Adam to sleep. Whilst he was sleeping, God took out one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Notice that God did not create woman from fresh dust, but took a rib out of Adam, thus making both man and woman from one source. With the rib He had taken out of man, God built up and made woman!

The Hebrew word used is ‘banah’ {pronounced baw-naw} which means to build, setup, establish and cause to continue. The word build suggests of the process involved in constructing a house, based on architectural design, giving attention to detail, plan and design. This indicates that whereas the creation of man was of a ‘temporary’ structural nature, the creation of woman brought permanence, stability and structure! WOW!

All great artists make a rough draft before they make a masterpiece. In creating humanity, our God, the Great Architect, first ‘drew’ a sketch of man, with every intention of completing him, by bringing woman alongside to add detail, structure, beauty and permanence, and thus build man up.

This explains how a young bachelor, struggling to make it on his own gets married and, suddenly, begins to look better, more confident, fulfilled and complete. The house he lived in is transformed into a home, as his new wife puts her special touch on everything around them. Her uniqueness permeates every area of their lives, bringing transformation, beauty and permanence!

No wonder Solomon said, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord”

Again, Solomon rightly asked, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies?” No amount of money can purchase her because she is unique and priceless, and a gift from God.

Yes, woman is fearfully and wonderfully made…

[4] Alone With God

It is worth commenting on the time the woman spent alone with God whilst Adam slept, as it is another evidence of her uniqueness. Many claim or insist that a woman needs a man as priest between her and God. In fact, some religions, and even Christian denominations, sanction this to the point of separating the women from the men during prayer and worship. However, right at creation, God distinguished His relationship with woman by spending time alone with her whilst the man slept. God valued her individuality and endorsed it the same way in which He had endorsed man’s before woman was created. Whilst man slept, all of creation stood still and watched as God created and put value on woman as His unique creation!

Interestingly, the story of the birth of Jesus seems to also endorse this fact. The angel was sent to a woman named Mary, who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, to inform her of her role in the birth of our Saviour Jesus. Her husband, Joseph, was completely out of the picture on that occasion, as the angel discussed the details with her.  Mary, in response, made an independent decision to accept God’s plan for her life.

To the single woman, therefore, I would say this, never let the absence of a man in your life hinder you from getting close to and walking with God. Seize the day, and develop and enjoy your relationship and fellowship with Him.

To the married woman, never let being married take you away from your times alone with the Lord; take time apart to deepen your relationship and fellowship with Him.

Finally, access to God is by the finished work of the Cross and Blood of Jesus Christ, not by gender (Galatians 3:26-28). So, get to know, love, worship and serve God! This is what you were uniquely and specially created for.

[5] Adam’s Recognition

Another sign to woman’s uniqueness is how Adam instantly recognised and acknowledged her!

“And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:23

With this declaration, Adam endorsed woman’s uniqueness!

Remember, God had given Adam a chance to search through all creation to see if he could find someone or something suitable, befitting and appropriate for him and the task God had given him to fulfil, but he had found nothing. There was nothing in the whole of creation that equalled him or could stand together with him, as his counterpart!

Then Adam woke up and, suddenly, there SHE was, everything he ever wanted or needed! With great joy he declared, “This is what I have been waiting for.” Adam immediately recognised and acknowledged Eve as his counterpart and co-equal, whereas before, he could find none.

To be continued

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An excerpt from Apostle Jennifer Abigail Wallace’s soon to be published book, “SONS OF GOD – Our Ultimate Identity as Women in Christ” THIS ARTICLE CAN BE USED BY PERMISSION BUT WITH REFERENCE TO AUTHOR

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