Genesis 2:18, 21-25
In an examination of “The Making of a Man,” we must first qualify the scope of our study to be focused on a man’s make-up. This is that which is intrinsically apportioned to a man as God has designed him. We are not setting forth “How to be a Man.” However, as a man measures himself by these Scriptural standards, he will come in line with God’s purpose for his life and will realize his blessedness in God’s Sovereign Plan.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
“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 2:21-25)
Initially, we need to see that a man has a major Requirement in his make-up. There are many requirements, or needs, that all human beings share in common. But the one major need of a man is a wife. On the surface, this statement may sound to be carnally oriented. However, our examination of the “Value of a Woman” has shown us that a woman serves a very important role in her home when she is in the proper relation to her husband. For a man to fill his God-ordained calling as the head of his home, he has to have the requirement of a wife as the body.
Bear in mind that a man does not need just any woman, he needs a helpmeet. Her role is to be a helper-meet (suitable) to the need. A man requires this role to be performed and it can only be met by a suitable woman in the bond of marriage. So many people today want to “try it out” to “see what happens.” Such an attitude toward marriage invites failure. A marriage must be entered into with a determination to succeed. A man requires a woman who shares his mind on this.
“And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.” (Genesis 24:64)
“And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” (Genesis 24:67)
A man has the requirement of a wife because he has been created in the “image” and “likeness” of God. When God removed Adam’s rib in order to make Eve, He left man in a state of imperfection. This imperfection can only be resolved by the rejoining of man and woman. The indication is that a man is only made perfect after, or through the agency of, his experience of the re-union with his “better half.” This Oneness is both physical and spiritual, showing us the type of our own experience as the Bride of Christ being joined unto the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:17).
Isaac and Rebekah give a great example of a wife meeting the requirements of her man. Without previous knowledge of one another (let alone an engagement of any length) the two are united in a marriage which was undeniable “appointed” by God (Genesis 24:14, 44). This example shows us that a wife serves to meet her husband’s needs in different areas: she Comforts him as a encourager; she Complements him and enhances his image; she is a Companion to him so that he is not alone; she Completes him and makes him whole.