What Is Meant By Eve’s Role As "Help Meet??"


Online congregation, despite what some may suggest, there is no mention of permanent or fixed gender roles in Genesis 2. And nothing in Genesis 2 or 3 implies that the woman continues to be primarily identified or defined as Adam’s helper. (Do y 'all agree or disagree with that statement?)

Anyhow, some say the most frequently misunderstood terms in the bible is the term "help meet" in the book of Genesis. In Genesis 2:18 it says, "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." The common way in which the term "help meet" is interpreted is to mean that Eve, unlike the other beasts of the earth, was "appropriate for" or "worthy" of Adam and was to be his helper or companion on the earth. While there are some really good things about this interpretation it doesn't do full justice to what the term "help meet" really means. The term, in it's original Hebrew, means something much more profound and powerful than just a "helper" and when we understand what God was saying to Adam we come to see Eve's role and the role of women on this earth in a much different light.

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  1. Ann I have a slightly different take. Adam was created alone, whereas all the animals had been created with everything they needed to reproduce. That is, they all had their counterparts. The egalitarians and feminist-minded have made such a big deal out of this that it is easy to overlook the direct, uncomplicated nature of it. By calling the woman his “counterpart helper” God has emphasized the fact that Eve was “custom made”. Adam couldn’t find anything close to a helper that could be his counterpart among all the animals. Eve was /his/ counterpart. Translating the word knegdo as “his opposite” is valid, but it often has a connotation similar to when we refer to an “opposable” thumb. And, given the context, specifically the juxtaposition to all the animals with their counterparts, I think “opposite” just has connotations that distract from the actual intention of the passage. Focusing on a single word (or a single grammatical aspect of a word) is a fun way for a person to sound like they are smart and accurate, while they are really abusing the overall message. I read an egalitarian page where a big deal was made of the passive voice and the verb”submit”. She didn’t even understand the tools she was using. Anyone who understands laguage would scratch their head, but otherwise you could be taken in by the pseudo-academic language — scary.
    Of course, none of my remarks invalidate the observation of the significant differences between man and woman at all.
    Side note: While the hebrew word “Adam” can be translated as both the name and as “man”, the more common word for man is “ish”. The woman, then, is “ishah”, or from-man. Eve’s name is separate.. Chavvah.

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  2. It’s often said that when the purpose of a thing
    is not known, abuse is definitely inevitable. This
    statement remains valid in the role a wife plays
    in the life of a man.
    .
    When God felt the need for Adam to have a
    spouse, He made a suitable help meet for
    him. However, Eve’s role in Adam’s life was
    far more than a wife but a suitable help
    meet.
    .
    The purpose of a woman in a man’s life is
    more than enjoying her status quo, filling his
    sexual appetite or mothering his children.
    .
    Hey Mister, until you have a need or find
    why she’s to complement you, you can never
    appreciate her presence in your life. This is
    the genesis of marital failure on a man’s
    part.
    .
    There are one thousand and one reasons
    why lots of men usually want to get married
    and only few get married for the right
    reasons. Hence, it’s the few men who
    married for the right reasons that appreciate
    their wives and have a great marriage.
    .
    Why do you want a suitable help meet (wife)
    in your life? Pause and ask yourself this
    question before you read further. The
    following are the commonest wrong reasons
    to desire a woman in your life.
    .
    1. To do your meals.
    .
    To desire a woman just for the sake of
    putting food on your table is one of the
    wrong reasons to get married. Adam must
    have been sorting out his meals even though
    it warranted that he eats fruits all the time.
    .
    He wasn’t a lazy cook.
    It’s not a wife’s sole responsibility to be
    doing meals at home. Don’t get me wrong,
    she’s to cook food but what stops you as a
    man from knowing how to cook or helping
    her in the kitchen? Oh, it’s ladies thing, some
    would say!
    .
    Only a lazy man shy away from cooking. No
    wonder many of them resort to eating from
    restaurant or bukateria. You may not be an
    expert cook but have basic knowledge of
    preparing simple meal even if you might
    over-salt or under-salt it, it’s better than not
    being able to do anything.
    .
    There will be a moment in your union when
    you get married that she won’t be able to
    cook your favorite dish, or she’ll be too ill to
    cook. What would you resort to?
    .
    2. To do your basic chores
    .
    I have discovered something about women,
    how you treat them determines the
    fragrance of their character and the beauty
    of their life.
    .
    Increase her stress, she’ll age faster like
    your mother; alleviate her stress and she’ll
    look like that sweet sixteen you admire.
    .
    Some guys are so lazy to keep their rooms
    in order or even to wash their clothes,
    everything must be their wife or siblings.
    .
    Putting food on the table doesn’t make you
    a complete man, some ladies are
    breadwinner but being able to do little things
    relieves her burden makes you a real man.
    .
    Don’t forget that she is to you a suitable
    help meet and not a slave or house girl. If
    you can’t wash your clothes, take it to the
    laundry shop and try to be organized in your
    own little way. I’m not writing this as an
    excuse for ladies to be lazy but for men to
    see the need why they need a wife in their
    lives.
    .
    3. To fill your sexual appetite
    .
    Men are wired to have a strong sexual
    passion but the Creator has equally blessed
    them with the power for self-control. But it’s
    unfortunate that some men felt marriage is a
    cure for their sexual appetite.
    .
    This is why the younger ones date lots of
    ladies in order to find a ‘perfect’ match for
    their sexual compatibility. Ladies, wake up
    and don’t waste your life on the altar of
    premarital sex.
    .
    Moreover, you can’t get the best of marriage.
    if your reasons for going into it is solely for
    sex. Women aren’t only meant for baby-
    making, those are secondary functions. Until
    you discover a cogent reason why you want
    her, she’ll serve no purpose in your life.
    .
    Other reasons why men marry aren’t limited
    to the fact that they’re running out of age,
    increasing pressure, impatience and the
    likes. Nonetheless, if you’re going to marry
    for the right reasons, you must be able to do
    all the aforementioned points and
    IMPORTANTLY, you must have been
    pursuing your purpose in life.

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    1. .
      -Continue-
      Why God made Eve for Adam is because
      she’ll act as his suitable help meet. While
      he’s out in the garden naming all the
      animals, she’ll be at home assisting him to
      do the chores, support him and give him all
      the encouragement he needs to function
      effectively.
      .
      She’s not just in his life to warm his bed, call
      girls can do that; she’s not there to cook his
      meals, house help can do that; but she’s in
      there to become his suitable help meet, not
      every other ladies can equally do that for
      him except the one the Lord has made for
      him.
      .
      I’m not writing this to condemn men, but as
      a wake up call to be up and doing and for a
      change in perception about the role of a
      woman in their life. And this is not to
      encourage women to be lazy but ensure that
      they’re in the life of the right man with
      whom they can be his suitable help meet.
      .
      .
      Dear men, if you haven’t discovered the need
      a wife is to meet in your life, don’t marry
      because it’ll equally affect the kind of
      children you’ll raise. Ladies, don’t marry him
      .
      if you are not sure of your suitability in his
      life and destiny, otherwise you’ll become
      unsuitable the day he discovers something
      else.

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