Adam the Homemaker?

September 24, 2007

“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it…Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him…So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Gen 1:15, 18, 21-25 NASB)

There are three truths that I’d like to briefly touch on in this well-known passage of Scripture.

1. God created Adam to be the primary caretaker of his home (v.15) – Contrary to popular belief, the man’s primary responsibility is not to be the primary provider for the home. His primary responsibility is to be the primary provider as well as the primary keeper of the home. Often in culture, especially cultures steeped in Christian ideals, we hear of “man’s work” and “woman’s work.” The man is to go out and make a living while the woman is to be the primary homemaker. However, the Bible is clear that Adam was given his home, Eden, to “cultivate and keep.” He is to work it and make sure it stays in good shape. Therefore, husbands are called to both work and provide for the family and maintain the home.

2. God created Eve to help Adam take care of the home (v.18ff) – If the man is called to both work for the family and maintain the home, that is a giant undertaking. Obviously, man can not do that himself. Therefore, God gave him a helper named Woman, whom Adam later nicknamed Eve. Woman’s “job” is to help the man maintain the home and work for the family. Does that mean women can/should work? That is up to each individual family…the man should work…the woman is the helper.

3. God created Adam and Even to be joined together in every way (v.24-25) Most importantly, a husband and wife are a team. They become one person. They also become more and more like each other every day. Even more importantly, they are to leave their parents and cleave to each other. Whenever there is conflict between families and spouses, the husband and wife would do well to side with and support each other (provided they are not sinning).

Christian men are called to be the leader and provider of the home and that does not just mean calling the shots and making money…it also means giving himself for the entire family. My prayer is that men will follow this Biblical model of what a husband should be: providing, caretaking and becoming one flesh with his helper



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