Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Genesis 2:21-22

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."
Genesis 2:21-22

I don’t really get this… why the rib?   Seems like God could have just made a woman, without worrying about bone surgery on the man.  So, there has to be a reason… hmm.  Is it illustrative of marriage again… that the two, man and woman, are part of each other, or is it something else more general about all women and all men?   Perhaps that (in a community way) we are all part of one another… that women and men complement each other, and that gender-based discrimination is really counter-productive.   We need each other, and our several perspectives, to make a good world. … And maybe I’m taking the lesson of the rib a bit too far.  I don’t know… but it seems like a good lesson anyhow.

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