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Ezer- “Help Meet” Biblical Word Study

“Help Meet”: Biblical Word Study

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In Gen 1:26-28 God gave both male and female dominion over creation:
they are the King and the Queen.  God has not changed His mind.

The Bible tells us that the image of God- which was warped by the Fall- can be renewed!  “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” Col 3:16 .   Wouldn’t Christian marriage as God intends, resemble a “garden of Eden” relationship?  Though we cannot go back to the pre-Fall era,  we are to pray and to move forward toward “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” Luke 11:2.    In a restored, redeemed marriage reflecting God’s kingdom wouldn’t a wife be respected as a “co-heir”, valued and appreciated as “bone of my bone” and “help MEET”… as Adam must have felt toward Eve prior to the Fall (see link)?

Here are the assignments given by God to the man and the woman in the Garden of Eden:

Gen 2:15¶
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to
keep it.

Clicking on the word “keep” will take one to the Strong’s definition of the Hebrew Word “shamar” (which is not just gardening). It is to protect, guard, watchman, preserve, etc which implies there is an enemy, a danger and Adam is responsible to guard and protect.

Eve’s intended (by GOD) role is stated here:

Gen 2:18
And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an
help meet for him.

By clicking on the word “help meet” one can see that it carries the meaning of aid, succour, one who helps. But please notice the other occurances of the Word by scrolling down the page at that link. The same word translated “help meet” of women is used of God.

So the husband has the authority to protect, nurture, nourish, cherish, love, understand, value, esteem, and respect his wife (see also Eph 5 and 1Peter 3 instructions for husbands). And the wife has the authority to help, nourish, love,  be subject to (aka vulnerable to) her husband (see also Eph 5 and 1Peter 3 instructions for wives)

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