These verses reveal important insights into the heart of God and His view of marriage. God already knew that Adam was without any­one comparable to him; thus He had already determined to create someone for him. Eve was not an accidental after-thought in God’s mind!

One might wonder why there is a delay between the creation of Adam and the creation of Eve. The fact that Adam (man) was created before Eve (woman) does NOT make him superior to her. Animals were created before Adam (Gen 1:20-25), but that does NOT make animals superior to man.

God has a divine purpose in the timing of events. He is already intimately aware of our need, but He does at times delay meeting that need in order to fulfill His plan and purpose.

In Genesis Chapter 2, we share in Adam’s suspense as he names the animals. Perhaps they came before him in pairs like they did to Noah’s ark (Gen 6:19; 7:9). We can sense some of Adam’s longing and hope as he names each of the animals until all have passed. Yet when he is done, he realizes there is no one comparable to him. Perhaps the reason for the divine delay is so that Adam himself would come to realize how thoroughly he needed a partner who would be “comparable to him”. He would then receive his partner with gratitude, and appreciate the wonderful gift God had given him.

C. EVE: ADAM’S PERFECT PARTNER

God created Eve to be the perfect partner and companion to Adam. She, like Adam, was created in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:27). Having the same image and likeness allowed them to share everything together – spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. In. Genesis 2:23, Adam declares Eve to be equal to him in regard to their humanity. This supports the fact that Adam and Eve – man and woman – have a similar nature, both created in the image and likeness of God.

The term used in Genesis 2:18 to describe Eve as “a helper comparable” to Adam is the Hebrew word ezer. This word means “helper”, “assistant”, or “a support”. So Eve was “a helper matching him [Adam]”.

The word ezer comes from the Hebrew word azar, which is often used to describe God’s assistance to Israel or to individuals (see Psalm 10:14 as an example). The word ezer is also used to describe God as the Helper of those who trust in Him (as in Psalm 33:20).

Therefore, the word “helper” in describing Eve does not necessarily imply inferiority or weakness. The “helper” is not less than the one being helped. The very need for a helper means that the strength of the one being helped is not sufficient by itself.

In 1 Peter 3:7, the Bible does use the term “weaker vessel” for the wife. However, this refers to her lesser physical strength and her vulnerability as a woman; it does not mean that a wife is inferior to her husband. (Remember, this verse also refers to giving honor to the wife”.)