Finding Christ in Adam’s Rib

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?)

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3 Responses to Finding Christ in Adam’s Rib

  1. AB says:

    General thoughts on early chapters in Genesis:

    Secondly, exegetical observations. First, let me say that I believe that the Genesis account is historical. A historical narrative. Adam and Eve are real people, there were real events, there is a real serpent that spoke – all of those elements I want to affirm up-front just to allay any fears. But, the second thing that we should observe about the Genesis creation account is that I think that in many respects it is like the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation looks into the distant future. There are no human witnesses for those future events. God has to reveal those events to man and He does so somewhat in a fuzzy manner. It is not an exact roadmap as all of our millennial views would attest. Well, remember, there are no human eyewitnesses to the events of the Genesis creation account up until ostensibly Genesis 1:26 when man is created and Adam and Eve are first there – or up until maybe Genesis 2:7, in chapter 2. So, in that sense, just as Revelation looks into the distant future, and we see what will happen in the end, I believe that Genesis 1 and 2 looks into the distant past and God reveals, and I think somewhat in a cloudy manner, how things originated, how things began. If you were to ask Jewish interpreters, and this again comes from Midrash Rabbah, in the grand commentary on the Old Testament, if you were to ask them where they believe that the Scriptures address the “how” of creation, they believe that Genesis 1 and 2 do not describe the “how” of creation but that instead Job 38 addresses the “how” of creation and interestingly enough when God addresses the “how” He doesn’t explain it. He just asks a series of questions, and I can’t remember – maybe 60-some odd questions – to Job. He says were you there? Did you do all of these things? And, of course, Job’s answer is to say nothing. Moreover, I think we also have to recognize that can a historical account be topical and still be historical? I think that’s an important consideration. Must a historical account be chronological in order for it to be historical? Certainly, the temptation narratives in Matthew 4 and Luke 4 they record – go back and read those – Matthew has a different order of events than Luke. But, just because they have different order of events in those temptation narratives does not therefore negate its historicity or the reality that it actually occurred, but rather they are giving topical accounts and emphasizing different things for different reasons.

    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..

  2. RubeRad says:

    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.?

  3. 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..)

    Take care.

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