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Author:
James Spruell, Ph.D.

 

Eve, A 'Help Meet'

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Genesis 2:18


A Sacred Role

The implication is clear that Eve’s role is sacred, to stand beside and sustain Adam in his trials even as Heavenly Father sustains and supports his children. The second part of the phrase ‘Help meet’ is the word knegdo that further defines the relation of husband and wife. In a beautiful explanation from Women in the Scriptures, ‘The Real Meaning of the Term Help Meet,’1  Diana Webb explained:

"Neged, a related word which means “against”, was one of the first words I learned in Hebrew. I thought it was very strange that God would create a companion for Adam that was “against” him! Later, I learned that kenegdo could also mean “in front of” or “opposite.” This still didn’t help much. Finally I heard it explained as being “exactly corresponding to,” like when you look at yourself in a mirror."
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Eve was not designed to be exactly like Adam. She was designed to be his mirror opposite, possessing the other half of the qualities, responsibilities, and attributes which he lacked. Just like Adam and Eve's sexual organs were physically mirror opposites (one being internal and the other external) so were their their divine stewardship designed to be opposite but fit together perfectly to create life. Eve was Adam's complete spiritual equal, endowed with a saving power that was opposite from his.

Glen Scorgie 2  relates that the King James Version may also be an ole English way of saying (paraphrased), ‘Adam, this is a partner suitable for you’.

Each author points out important aspects of God’s plan - that Eve and the role of women is sacred. She is to be an equal partner with Adam to sustain him in those trials that come upon all men. Stephanie 3  beautifully describes God’s intent with the following summary

As wives, we have an incredible duty and calling on our lives to be our husbands help meet. This can look very different for every woman and for every marriage, as each of us will support our husbands in different ways according to our unique situation.
 
... Being a help meet is a heart attitude that displays itself through actions. As a help meet, I have to ask myself: are my actions, thoughts, attitudes and words reflective of God’s definition of a help meet: that of being supportive, encouraging, and aiding my husband?



Lessons Learned:

  1. What is your view of a 'help meet'?

  2. What attitudes prevail in the righteous when we adopt the 'help meet' concept?

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