He Finally Met His Match

Genesis 2

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Here in Genesis, we see where Adam finally met his match. God at first did everything He could to find a suitable helpmate for Adam, but none could be found in the entire animal kingdom. Not even “man’s best friend” was suitable for Adam, because God’s intention for man’s best friend was to be woman.

God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, took a rib, and closed up the flesh where the rib was taken. Afterward, God “made” a woman from the rib. The word “made” here is more accurately “built” in Hebrew. We know that Adam must have really been pleased, because Eve was really built (pun intended.)

Verse 22 states that God “brought her unto the man.” Of course, this was after she was made. Adam is waiting patiently back in the garden to see what God will be bringing him next. His side where the rib was taken is probably reminding him of what has just transpired, as is made evident in Adam’s reaction when he sees her. But where was God bringing her from? Where was Eve when God made her? The Bible doesn’t really say. It could be that he made her out in a field somewhere outside the garden. It could have been a secret underground laboratory.

Or, perhaps God just took the rib home with Him, made the woman, and then brought her to Adam. Yes, this is most likely the case. If so, then Eve was made in Heaven. What does this mean? This was quite literally the first match made in Heaven.

Eternal Flame

Leviticus 6:12-13

And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

I recently heard the old song, Eternal Flame by The Bangles. It asks the question, “Is this burning an eternal flame?” It got me to thinking about this eternal flame. She wants to know if the feeling she has, something she apparently equates with love, will last forever.

I realized there is no such thing as a flame that continues to last. If you light a house on fire, will it not stop burning when the house is gone? There must be fuel for the fire in order for a fire to burn. No flame will last unless fuel is constantly provided.

In Leviticus chapter 6, the priests are commanded to place wood on the altar every morning and to keep the fire burning continually. Also, each morning, a sacrifice must be made.

This teaches us several things.

First, it requires a giving of resources. Wood must be provided for the fire. How would we obtain the wood today? We either purchase it or we invest our time to go out and chop down a tree and cut it into logs for the fire. Either way, it can be a serious investment of our resources.

Secondly, it requires work. Obtaining the resources (wood) requires work, whether you worked to earn the money to buy it or worked to cut it yourself. It also requires work to carry the wood to the altar, arrange it on the altar, and stoke the fire. If anyone has ever cut and/or carried firewood, you know that it requires work.

Third, you have to take responsibility for your own messes. When you burn a fire, it’s going to produce ash and soot. You have to scoop that out, clean up the area, and dispose of it properly, making sure the fire keeps going in the process.

If you want your love for your spouse or for God to continue to last, it takes work every day. Every morning, we must start fresh with a fresh batch of wood on the altar. In addition to saying, “I love you” to your spouse, you need to DO something to show your love. It’s a work that must be done.

We must also place a sacrifice upon the fire. Love is not love without making sacrifices in our lives for the one we love.

Throughout the day, we need to make sure we are continually working to provide resources for the next day’s fire of love. We must also work throughout the day to keep the area cleaned up. We don’t want the fire of love to be suffocated by a large pile of ash.

So many of us want the eternal flame in our lives, but how many of us while dating only ask, “Is this an eternal flame,” when we should be asking, “am I willing to do the work to keep this flame going eternally?”