I slid into the salon chair, hung my jacket and purse on the spur-like cowboy hook, and glanced at my long-time hairdresser in the mirror. After more than 15 years of having her beautify my hair, we never lack for conversation.
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I just noticed Michelle De Rusha’s post on Genesis and laughed when she said she wondered what new insight could we possibly gain from the creation story. Our pastor’s current series is on Genesis and this week he focused on the creation of Woman. Quite an impressive creation of God when the Hebrew meaning of “helper” is understood. As I sat and listened to our pastor, my mind was clicking off the well worn passages but my pen was idle. I was sure that I would not even need the blank note page in our bulletin. Then our pastor began delving into the unique and powerful characteristics God designed into making Woman. I clicked my pen, grabbed the clean white note sheet, and began scribbling as fast as I could.
Even though the Woman is often thought of as the “help-meet” for man or his “helper”–“helpmate” in some versions–it is a weak translation of the Hebrew Word, “ezer,” which is used in Genesis to describe this creation known as Woman. According to the Hebrew translation of “ezer”, God’s intention for this rib that He extracted from Adam (a sign of their oneness) is more significant than the English interpretation. (See an explanation by “Women in the Scriptures” and “God’s Word to Women”.)
According to our pastor, “helper” is accurately translated as “valuable, powerful, one called alongside to help and to complete man.” He even referenced New Testament Scriptures such as John 14:16, where the word “Helper” is used to describe the Holy Spirit, the one who will be there to aid us, to comfort us, to guide us. When a Woman’s role is viewed from this perspective of “power” and “completion”, it not only esteems her role in God’s creation but adds a tremendous responsibility on her to “stand by her man” as the song goes. We Women are vital in bringing life and strength into our husbands and into the marriage. Sounds like more than just tending the garden~although that is a gift as well.
“Masculinity is not complete without femininity,” our pastor continued. “Woman’s creation out of Adam makes her his equal.”