I recently visited another church (for a family baptism), and after the sermon on Gen 2:18-25 (the account of the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib)I was left wondering how Christ could be preached directly from this passage. (As it happened, the gospel was included via Eph 5 on Christ and the church as head and bride, but it didn’t really seem organically connected.)
So I’m wondering, how legitimate is it to see death and resurrection in Adam’s sleep, and (bloody?) sacrifice “for” his bride?
Or on the other hand, can Christ be seen at all in Eve, who is of Adam’s own nature and substance, uniquely suited to be his “helper” (a la HC16)? (It was noted in the sermon that the Hebrew word for “helper” is most often used of God as redeemer, quite often in the Psalms.) If not an actual type of Christ, perhaps a lesser-to-greater argument can get us from the necessity of “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” for Eve’s this-worldly helper-ness, to the necessessity of Christ’s being “very man” for his redemptive helper-ness?
What do you think? (Or to what can you link?)
General thoughts on early chapters in Genesis:
So I can link to my own posts, to answer your question. I just considered, that there were no human eyewitnesses to God’s having yoinked Adam’s rib, for Adam was a deep sleeper. So my answer, is, the how questions of all this reveal the fuzzy limited knowledge we have on these topics, in the same way the specifics of the future as laid out in Revelation leave us only withfuzzy knowledge. Maybe not what you are after, Rube, but there it is. My other resource would be Walkte’s “Genesis,” but I’m too lazy right now to look into that..
Thx AB; one good self-linkback deserves another; see here; in particular the link at the end of that, in relation to “no human eyewitnesses…just as Revelation looks into the distant future…Genesis 1 and 2 looks into the distant past”.
But yes, I’m not really focused on the ‘how’ questions here; I hope I’ve properly ignored those unaddressed ‘how’ questions and am more interested in ‘why’ and ‘what’; as in ‘why’ is this event revealed to us, and ‘what’ does it have to say about Christ and redemptive history, law and gospel, etc.?
I’ll check the link. Thanks!
Why God has us separated into Male and Female in this life? Above my paygrade, although, I’m glad there’s no male or female in Christ (neither is there Jew nor Greek, slave nor free..)