Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 3rd, 2018
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
Genesis 2:21-22 (NLT)
From a Rib
The Lord had a wonderful plan brought about by a miracle of creation to meet the needs of Adam. His plan for all that He has made expresses His love, wisdom and care. God’s plans are “good” and He is a God who completes what He has begun.
One of the most popular summer events in communities across Canada and the USA are ribfests. In case you haven’t had the joy of visiting one of these events, a ribfest has multiple food vendors selling barbecue beef or pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, baked beans and coleslaw. Vendors compete against each other and proudly display their banners and trophies from past victories. Categories include Best Ribs, Best Sauce, Best Pulled Pork and the People’s Choice Award. Hungry yet?
When sin entered into the human experience it not only brought strife between God and people, it resulted in strife between human beings. Far too often we see that lived out in the daily news. This is particularly so when it comes to the two genders – male and female. Too often we hear about men abusing women, man-hating women and marriages gone bad. This is so far from how God meant it to be. After He had created Adam, He recognized that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. Genesis 2:21-22 says, “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.” There is a sense of incredible intimacy here. Woman is created from the body of man. The intent of God is that the two would continue to walk together in unity, having once been one. Christians are called to mirror God’s intent in our relationships, particularly with members of the other sex.
These have been words from the heart.