So, I got a new Bible at the beginning of the year.
I had heard someone talk about how he started every year with a new Bible, and decided to try it – but I was too much in love with my eight-year-old one, so I kept postponing it.
Finally, this year, I decided to just go for it. I also got a slightly different version – the NKJV. (I know it’s not much different, but still…)
I have read the Bible through many times and in various translations, but maybe because I was starting with a fresh, ‘clean’ book – without the markings, side notes, underlinings and all – my eyes were popping from the very first page.
I was noticing basic things taught in Sunday school – for the first time – and I realized that it is easy to read what is in your mind than what is actually written.
Do you know it was this year, 2020, I saw that it was God who brought the animals to Noah – and not Noah who got the animals himself, as I had always thought?
(That’s a message on its own.)
It was also just this year – as I was studying the book of Leviticus – that it dawned on me that ‘Leviticus’ is a derivative of the word ‘Levites’.
It was quite fascinating – and embarrassing.
Anyway, I took my precious time reading and savouring, then I got to the story Adam and Eve.
It was chock-full of revelations.
I can’t share all the lessons here, but something that struck me forcefully was that God brought Eve to Adam…when He was finished with making her.
Even though I had the head-knowledge, this year I really saw it.
GOD Himself brought Eve to the already ‘made’ Adam when SHE was ready.
I went, “wow…”
A few months later, I was meditating on something – and the verse came again.
“The rib which the Lord had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man…” (Genesis 2:22)
For some reason, that phrase kept ringing. ‘He made into a woman…He made into a woman…He made into a woman…’
Finally, I just sat down and imagined Him making a woman out of a rib. It was strange and I don’t know why I did that, but the phrase just wouldn’t leave my head. ‘He made into a woman…’
I thought, “How did God make a rib into a woman?” I know He is the All-Powerful, Miraculous God – but that phrase signified Process.
So I just sat down with God and began to imagine the process – and suddenly, specific words began to come – and my eyes went wide, then wider, then almost fell out of their sockets.
I went, “Oh!…Oh!…Oh…!!!!!” – and I understood.
I’m usually wary when it comes to symbolisms and Bible teaching, but just come with me, okay?
These are ribs, right?
What’s the first thing you notice about them?
Yes, they are bent.
The first thing God did in making an Eve suitable for Adam was:
(1) He STRAIGHTENED her.
Have you ever heard the expression: “To straighten out a person?”
The dictionary uses these terms: correct, rectify, deal with, eliminate confusion, put in order, tidy up, tidy, get one’s act together, stop doing something wrong.
Which means, to create the Eve He had in mind for Adam, God had to work on her. So,
He corrected her.
He rectified her.
He dealt with issues in her.
He made her stop doing wrong.
He made her get her act together.
He put her in order.
He tidied her up…
…to make her suitable for the man and the purpose for which He was putting them together.
My mind was blown.
Even though Eve was perfect, God was showing us – for coming generations – the process of transforming a ‘bone’ into a ‘woman’.
But that wasn’t the end, because even though she was straightened, she was still a short piece of bone. So what did God do next?
(2) He STRETCHED her.
He took that piece of bone, and pulled and puuulled and puuuuulled (on) it – until she became of the same (or comparative) height to the man’s.
You can already see where I am going.
To be an already-made woman for an already-made man, God will stretch you. He will pull you out of your comfort zone mentally, spiritually, emotionally – and in every way.
He will put you in difficult situations where you have no choice but to grow.
He will increase your inner capacity to bear things, carry things, and be at the same level with your Adam and His purpose.
He will make you fit to face – and stand with – the man He has prepared for you.
I know Hollywood has sold us a lot about the rich, wealthy prince falling in love with a scullery maid – but that is not God-reality.
In the Kingdom, it doesn’t work that way.
When ladies refer to Ruth and Boaz, they focus mainly on the already-made Boaz’s wealth – and the ‘romantic’ part of how they came together.
But when you study the life of Ruth, she already had the inner capacity to be the wife of a wealthy man – and increase him.
That was why she was able to burn bridges, leave her people, and follow an old woman without looking back.
That was why she was very hardworking in a place where she was an outsider.
That was why she was able to fend for herself and her mother-in-law alone – before Boaz found her and married her.
To make you into a suitable woman for your ‘already-made’ Adam, God is going to streeeeeeech you.
(To be continued…)