The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he 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,' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Ge 2:18,21-24)
...the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (Lk 3:38)
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Eph 5:31-32)
As I was considering the Genesis account of Isaac and Rebekah today, I was struck how Isaac's reaction upon meeting Rebekah was much like Adam's reaction upon meeting Eve. Since I believe the story of Isaac and Rebekah is a parallel of Christ and his church, as I explained in this post, it got me thinking if the account of Adam and Eve also paralleled Christ and the Church. As soon as I had asked myself the question, the answer seemed obvious — of course it is!
The story of redemptive history is the story of the search for a Bride for the Son. Right from the beginning we see this played out with Adam who was God's son, and the search for a suitable bride for him. Even though God says right from the start that he will make a suitable helper, he nevertheless parades all the animals in front of Adam knowing full well that none will be suitable. Why do this unless it is to highlight the search for the Bride that is to fill out the rest of the Bible and indeed the rest of history.
Prophetically Eve is not made from the dust of the earth as Adam was, but there is a cost Adam must pay for his bride. He is put into a deep sleep, and his side is scarred with the wound that will produce her. In the same way Christ would pay for the church, his side was pierced on Calvary after he fell into the deep sleep of death. Those wounds that purchased us from death and nothingness and made us a people belonging to God; the church; Christ's bride.
Eve came from Adam and belonged to Adam, and through Adam she would fulfil God's plan to fill the earth with sons like Adam for the display of his glory. So too, the church comes from Christ and belongs to Christ, and through him we fulfil the ongoing and unchanging Kingdom plan of God to fill the earth with sons who are being transformed into ever increasing glory to reflect the image of his son Jesus, and so to fill the earth with the knowledge of his glory as the waters cover the sea.
How wonderful to be a part of Christ's beloved bride, and to be a part of his unstoppable kingdom plan!
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. (Rev 19:7)