Alone 18 Nov 2018

Communication requires another person. That reminds me to love: it needs a giver and a receiver.

Genesis 2:18-24

God prepares the ground: 18 It is not right that the man shall be alone. I shall make him a helper.

Jahweh's attempts

Jahweh fashions wild animals and birds of heaven. The man gave them names. It appears that man's loneliness was not solved by wild animals and birds, even birds of heaven. Nevertheless: God involved man in the process.

Failure

Time to sleep. Everything failed. God made man fall asleep. Perhaps man (Adam) was very tired, perhaps disappointed, or even afraid for the wild animals.

alone is lonely

Feeling helpless when alone.

After a good sleep

Man's dream had materialized. God had made the helper from one of his ribs and man named her woman:
This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.

I think: someone who could relate to him, someone like himself. A suitable helper.

Intimate relationship needs privacy, space.

Gen 2:24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Being honest, I do not understand well the this is why. I assume that they are intended to become one flesh.

Now my wife Millet is from the Philippines and I am from the Netherlands. We don't find it simple to become one flesh. We are not always in unity. Sometimes we quarrel. Harder is even when we have to make important common decisions. We realize: God desires us united.

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