Some say Adam was a fictional person and others believe he is the ancestor of human race. I believe the authenticity of the Bible and it says Adam was the first man created by God in His own image (Gen. 1:26; 2:7-20; cf. 1 Cor. 15:45). “Adam” literally means “the ground”, because he was made out of the ground.

God created Adam out of the dust of the earth, we are told in the Bible. “God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7). And through this man the consequent generations continued and still continuing today (cf. Acts 17:26).

But Adam’s problem at the beginning was loneliness. He did not have any one to call his own. All other creatures did not match to be his close friend(s).

So God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Gen. 2:18). And God caused Adam to a deep sleep and took a rib from his side and made a beautiful woman (Gen. 2:21, 22).

The woman matched him and complimented him. She was called Eve, which means “the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20).

Adam enjoyed all the blessings of God and companionship of his wife in the Garden of Eden. Even the other creatures lived in obedience to them since God entrusted them to rule over all living things.

Here’s the point: Adam was lonely was because he needed a companion. One who understands him and shares his feelings.

All of us feel the same today. We need someone to hold our hand and walk and talk and move with us along the life journey. We need others to be with us in order to be in a community and family that share same values and respect and help one another.

God did not find another creature for Adam’s companionship, for nothing matched him. Only the one who was like him in intellect and emotion could compliment him.

Thus we find Adam expressing “Now this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23) when the woman was brought before him, which is an expression of intimacy and closeness in every area of his life. And that’s the wonderful design of God!

Now here is the principle: Eve complimented Adam’s loneliness because she was like him in intellect and emotion (except the gender). Adam relished Eve’s companionship (and vice versa). This companionship was not limited to marital, but humanly relationship also (which is what we’re looking here).

In the same manner we are meant to have companionship of other fellow human beings. This companionship fulfills best when we start having good relationship with our own people.

When we have that bond of relationship that says: ‘we are one because we were created in the image of God with intellect and emotion though the weaknesses and strengths vary from one to another.’

That means we are united in diversity. That also means we ought to make our neighbors to feel we are not different essentially though there is differences in our nature.

Lastly, here I am not at all neglecting the purity that needs to be maintained between genders. But I am presenting a principle (not interpretation) from the bond of Adam and Eve for companionship among us, i.e., the bond that binds two Likenesses.

This is a bond that will help us to seek for godly friendship among us in maintaining relationship with own people.

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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