Have you ever given much thought as to why God performed major surgery on Adam in order to create Eve? I mean, why didn’t He just take another lump of clay and fashion or build a woman?
As I asked the Lord, I believe He impressed upon my heart that the answer is wrapped up in Who He is. He is a Triune God, Three in One. This then, is the main picture we see in God’s creation of Adam, then Eve, taken from Adam, and baby (combination of the two) makes three. Three humans as one; all interconnected with each other. Furthermore, each sibling, although separate from the others, is united with the parents in the very same way. The first family then, becomes a picture, albeit weak, of the Trinity.
Another reason woman was “taken out of man” was for the oneness of the two. Because she was “bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh” (Genesis – 24), Eve was literally a part of him. This fact ensured their oneness and was a definite necessity once sin entered. Can’t you imagine the arguments that ensued?
I'm sure you've heard the saying “Oh, he just needs to find his rib.” Well, that is partially true. Most of us need to find that one person who completes us and the movie, "Jerry McGuire", wasn't the first to come up with this concept. Adam was incomplete and inadequate by himself. This is why God said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Dr. John MacArthur says “The words of this verse emphasize man’s need for a companion, a helper, and an equal. He was incomplete without someone to complement him in fulfilling the task of filling, multiplying, and taking dominion over the earth. This points to Adam’s inadequacy, not Eve’s insufficiency. Woman was made by God to meet man’s deficiency (cf. I Timothy ).”
Eve was a companion to complete him. She was taken from Adam’s side, not from his head so she would be superior and not from his feet to be trampled upon, but from his side symbolizing equality, and from under his arm for protection.
Last night I watched the movie “Six Days and Seven Nights” where modern day pirates are chasing a man and woman stranded on a deserted island. The man admitted to being a little scared and asked “isn’t that what women want, a man who isn’t afraid to cry?” The woman replied, “Not when they are being chased by pirates, they want their men armed and dangerous.”
We laugh, but it’s so true. I realize there is much, much more to this subject, considering the relationship of Christ and the Church, but that will be for another time.