Eve as a "Help Meet" - What Does That Mean? | Meridian Magazine
“Meet” has the now-obsolete meaning of “suitable,” as in the Anglican prayerbook “It is meet and right so to do.” And in the King James bible of. The phrase “help meet for him” translates the Hebrew words ezer kenegdo. Ezer literally means, “help” and is similar in meaning to the English word 'help. For example, my left hand is the ezer kenegdo to my right hand; both hands look . Answer: The word helpmeet comes from Genesis in the King James Version of the Bible, which says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will.
Becoming a Better Help Meet: What does that mean?
God concludes that it is not good for man to be alone and makes a companion for him. Something was terribly wrong with the man being alone.
I thought it meant that woman was supposed to make his dinner and hand him the wrench when he was changing the oil in the car.
Helper has the connotation in English as an assistant of lesser status. That is not at all what these words are intended to convey. As I studied the definitions of these Hebrew words, I decided that they actually meant something very different from the way I had understood them for years.
When God decided to create another creature so that man would not be alone, he did not merely make a helper for him — he made an equal partner. Ezer in the Old Testament is most frequently used to describe how God is an ezer to man. Donna Nielsen notes that ezer possesses a wide range of ideas — royalty, rigor, courage, efficiency, and adventurousness.
The verbal root calls to mind the ideas of achievement, pioneering, and risk taking. Some ancient languages made a distinction between the two letters, while others did not. Hebrew no longer distinguishes between them.
Jennifer Lisa, excellent point!
On the Outside Wonderful post, Anne. I work outside the home, because my husband does not make a ridiculous amount of money. He makes just enough for bills, but hardly anything for savings. When that day comes, my husband has told me he would love for me to stay home and homeschool our kids.
Although I am looking forward to being a stay at home mom, I do not feel the least bit guilty for working outside the home, because it means that my lovely, hard-working husband does not have to work himself into the grave.
His secretaries can do that, and I bless them for it — I have no secretarial skills and no interest in that role.
Women in the Scriptures: The Real Meaning of the Term "Help Meet"
While the kids were growing up I stayed home — someone had to and their dad typical professional man! There is a huge difference between the unique and uniquely physical intimacy of marriage, which touches a place inside us nothing else reaches, and normal friendship, warmth and usefulness to one another, which are things that are irrespective of gender.
My boss is a woman and I work for an organization started by Christian women in ThursdaysChild The owner of my school is a man and the board members are men as well. However the director, the principal, and the coordinators are all women, so who am I a helpmeet to? I pay the rent, groceries, gas, etc. School is very expensive in Kuwait.
I have a job I enjoy which makes it even better. Adam saw each animal male and female while he was naming them. After making this proclamation, He brings the animals to Adam for him to name. God gave Adam the opportunity to recognize his lack and his need before providing him his counterpart. I think being called to help our husbands out is a pretty big deal. In addition, by being willing to sacrifice their very lives if necessary to bring children into this world women demonstrate the true meaning of charity.
From the very first breath a child takes he or she has been the recipient of charity and unconditional love. This is a powerful gift that a mother gives her child and it is her love which first reminds the child of God and points them towards Christ.
Each woman, regardless of her ability to give birth, is a savior to mankind when she loves men and nurtures a child closer to Christ. Even Adam, whose physical body was not created by a daughter of Eve, was saved and delivered by a woman. For it was through a woman, Mary, that Jesus Christ came to conquer the bonds of death and sin and atoned for Adam's transgression.
Without a woman to bear the body of Christ mankind would have been lost and fallen forever and Adam's work and purpose on the earth would have been meaningless.
Mary was the gateway that made Christ's work possible and her nurturing the catalyst for his success. Even though Eve didn't give physical life to Adam she literally saved him from spiritual death by opening the way for the Savior and Redeemer to come into the world. Salvation, in the form of Christ, literally came to the earth through a woman. This perspective on Eve is so powerful for me. It is so different from what we normally hear about her and about women's roles in the world.