And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. ~~ Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
Looking at these verses tells us what we are, creations in the image and likeness of God. We were created to have dominion over all the other creations of God.
And we were created in two genders. The two genders were, in my view, needed because of our human limitations. God is infinite with infinite capacities for love, tenderness, judgment and wrath.
It would be impossible to get all the qualities of God wrapped up into a single human being, unless that human form were God himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
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;
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. ~~ Genesis 2:19-25 (KJV)
This excerpt speaks to the creation of woman out of man. She was created to be a companion equal to and fit for him. This places woman at the side of man.
The relationships in these two passages are both vertical (with God) and horizontal (with man).
Because God is our creator, we are subservient to him, to his purposes and plans. We are not capable of knowing all of those purposes and plans, but we are capable of trusting him to know them and to see them to fruition. We need only supply our obedience to him.
Because woman was created from the rib of man, they are the same flesh. She wasn’t created from his head to be dominant over him, nor from his feet to be subservient. She was created to be a companion and helper, fitted to him perfectly. Equal in all things.
This requires being respectful, submissive, kind, and loving.
We respect others because they, too, were made in God’s image.
Submission requires letting people see who we are, without pretense or mask, and letting them show us who they are the same way.
Kindness means treating each person as if they were your other self.
Loving means having their best interest at heart, equal to or even more than your own self-interest.
Those are tall orders, but possible if we remember who we are and whose we are.
Help us always to remember that our beginning is in you and that everyone else has that same beginning. Keep us ever faithful to tending your hurting world, mending relationships and healing wounds.
In Jesus’ most precious name.