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Title: Eve's Purpose
Post by: NyawehNyoh on Tue Jul 10, 2018 - 21:10:25
● Gen 2:18 . .The Lord God said: It's not good for Adam to be solitary; I will make a fitting helper for him.

"fitting helper" is from two Hebrew words.

"Fitting" is from neged (neh'-ghed) which means: a front, i.e. part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate.

The word for "helper" is from 'ezer (ay'-zer) which means: aid.

Note that aid isn't spelled with an "e" as in aide; so that Eve wasn't meant to be the man's Girl Friday, rather; someone to strengthen him. In other words: woman's true role is a supporting role rather than a starring role.

I suspect that Adam didn't really have it all that easy in his world, and that Eve's companionship made his life a lot more tolerable and worth the living. The companion that God made for Adam was both his counterpart, and his crutch. In other words: wives are really at their best when they strengthen their men to go out that door and face the big, bad, mean world.

Woman's potential for companionship is the primary reason that God made her— not for her sex appeal nor for her reproductive value; no, for a man's companionship; which is commonly expressed by cordiality, friendliness, friendship, goodwill, kindness, civility, concord, harmony, rapport, charity, generosity, compassion, empathy, sympathy, chumminess, intimacy, affection, devotion, loyalty, fondness, and love.

From all that, I think we can safely conclude that a woman who tears her man down instead of building him up is a broken woman; i.e. maladjusted and out of sync with her maker.

NOTE: According to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, one of the ten stupid things that men do to mess up their lives is to try and fix a broken woman.
Title: Re: Eve's Purpose
Post by: NorrinRadd on Tue Jul 10, 2018 - 22:30:09
"Ezer" or "azar" means "helper"  Per the "Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament," the word usually refers to military assistance.  In many of those cases, and in several others where the assistance is not military in character, the one providing the help is God.  That being the case, one should be cautious about saying the "helper" plays only a "supporting" role, especially if that denotes some sort of inherent subordination.

Neither man nor woman should "tear down" the other.  That sort of behavior is consistent with the Fall.  Those who are "in Christ" are "new creations," and should aspire to the equality and cooperation of the original Creation, not the striving for dominance consequent to the Fall.