“A Suitable Helper”- what Hebrew tells us about women’s roles

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

    and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman,

    because she was taken out of Man.”

(Genesis 2:15-23)

I have been on a personal journey to understand where God has placed women in his plan. Growing up in the church, in the 21st century I have heard everything from women’s purpose is to raising/ birthing children, and waiting on their husbands, to women as superiors who can be/do anything they want. Somewhere between the two, I believe, is the truth.

Help meet, helper, companion and all words used in different translations describing who Eve was to Adam. This last week, I came across a ten minute talk from Suzy Silk on those very words used to describe Eve. Suzy is the founder of Hope Gathering, and has her MA in “Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages” from Jewish Theological Seminary. She speaks on the Hebrew word for “helper” that has most defintely been lost in translation. If you have been stuck on that word, and have been seeing it as a word to describe our roll in marriage, then think again. I would encourage you to listen to hear how God describes women in military terms. If you are single, married, childless, or have a house packed to the brim of children please have a listen. God’s plan for you, Mighty Warrior, is a noble, worthy plan!

Enjoy listening! Here’s the link:

http://www.hopegathering.com/talks-2014/suzy-silk

Love,

S

 

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