It’s A Girl! {Part 2} Because Your Identity Matters

To know what God originally created and set in motion, to know how He defines women (and men), we go to Genesis 1. It’s important that we realize He never gave up His original plan. It wasn’t Plan A, and then Jesus, Plan B. No, Jesus came to restore all. Let’s find out what that means for us.

Adam, Eve, GardenGenesis 1:26-28 (Amplified)

26 God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

In Genesis 2:18, 21-23 (Amplified)

18 Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (one suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh.

22 And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and fashioned into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man.

Isn’t that beautiful? The creation of earthly relationship!

Genesis, apple, serpent, EveThen a bite of fruit and “everyone forgot God’s stunning 6th day assessment when He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone”. We forgot the woman he created as the perfect remedy for man’s lack, and Eve became a shell of her former self.

I BELIEVE God cast the mold for all women when He created Eve. She embodies the secrets of His original blueprint for us, so we rightly turn to her to understand who we are” and to discover God’s identity, value, and purposes for us. We evaluate ourselves with the definition we have of her, which is dangerous if we don’t hold the right definition.

Eve is displayed by many in the Church as a weak individual, a temptress, who will either bring men down with her, or try to seize control. I myself have heard pastors blame everything on Eve, and then women wondering who they really are want to slide under the pew. Not exactly a self-esteem booster!

Here’s a word that may be new to you: If you have pen, pencil, lipstick, or mascara, I want you to write down this word: E Z E R.

God created Eve to be His image bearer, and to be the EZER (Hebrew word) or the strong helper to Adam. She shared with Adam the same assignment from God – to be fruitful and multiply, to rule and subdue the earth. This was more than taking care of a Garden – this was about the whole earth!

And to “be fruitful and multiply” – this was physical AND spiritual. As image bearers, they would produce image bearer children, but they were also to produce worshipers of the living God, teaching others how to walk with Him. This mutual assignment encompasses all parts of life! God’s design for Eve applies to every woman, all the time, from the cradle to the grave.

And that word, EZER, yes it means so much more than helpmeet or strong helper. It is a military term that describes a warrior, and the only other time the word is used is to DESCRIBE HOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD COMES ALONGSIDE ISRAEL as a very strong helper.

woman with a bibleTo be God’s daughter, an EZER, holds as much significance and value as we will ever need, and the Father has never stopped making Ezers! But in our search for identity and self-worth, we lost God’s original intent somewhere along the way…

{More to come next week about the complimentary, blessed team relationship God created between women and men. We’re not to compete or be at odds, but work together to bring the Kingdom. OK, I’m about to spoil next week’s post!}

Loads of Grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window with the dog at my feet. 

(c) Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 2015

Source: Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James

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2 thoughts on “It’s A Girl! {Part 2} Because Your Identity Matters

  1. Teresa Brown, Pembroke, NH

    Robin;
    I believe that God is trying to reveal something to me…. I recently (ok a while ago) read Arthur Burk’s blog on stepping into your office… and here is one of the comments…. I AM an EZER!!!
    Teresa Brown, Pembroke, NH
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    Christine says:

    March 11, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    2 Votes

    I have pondered this a lot in the last few days. Several things stand out.

    First, whatever Eve’s relationship was with Adam, it was broken as a result of the Fall. (Genesis 3:16) So if I want to look at the perfection of what God planned for me in the office of wife, I need to look at Eve before the Fall.

    Secondly, the book of Revelation shows a return to the perfection that God planned for the office of wife by showing us the Bride of Christ, feasting with the Lord Jesus Christ, then mounting up on white horses to war with Him, adding our strength to His strength, fighting the battle alongside of Him.

    With this in mind, I turned to Genesis and was immediately confronted with cultural stereotypes.

    Genesis 2:18 is the first use of the word ēzer (helper) in the Old Testament. It is God’s summation of His reason for creating Eve. “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

    And so grudgingly I allowed myself to be drawn to this word, ēzer (helper) — grudgingly because I’m tired of wading through the morass of cultural stereotypes. Insolent is indeed a good word for them.

    But tracing the word ēzer throughout the Old Testament (along with its two close relatives, āzar & ezrâ) was immensely enlightening.

    First, the most frequent use of this word is in describing God as our helper. The Lord fights for us; He is our help in times of need. Over 50 times throughout the Old Testament ēzer, āzar or ezrâ are used to describe Almighty God reaching down to fight alongside of His people, to be there for them, to support them, to deliver them. The word paints a profound picture of our God acting on our behalf, and one that will forever change how I think of the English word “helper.”

    Second, God was merciless in His condemnation of Israel when they looked for ēzer (help) in other places (i.e., looking to Egypt and other nations to be their allies).

    Third, in certain circumstances God chose to surround a righteous man who was walking out his God-given design and purpose with ēzers (helpers) — and believe me, these ēzers were not men who washed the dishes and were voiceless in church. Many were skilled, accomplished leaders in their own right (see 1 Chron.12:1).

    So what did I learn from all of this? There is immense privilege to being called by God to be an ēzer (helper) to my husband. And this is countercultural. Both in the church and outside of it, a helper is one who is not as educated, with less authority, less power, less honour. In the classroom, a helper is the educational assistant who has less training, less knowledge, is assumed to be less worthy in their role, and earns less money than the teacher. In the Sunday School classroom, the helper does not know what the lesson is about, but just shows up to assist the one who has the knowledge, the authority.

    But in God’s use of the word, an ēzer (helper) is one who is often an equal (or in God’s case, One who is far greater in every way than the one being helped). From God’s perspective, an ēzer is often one who carries more weight in a given situation, has more skill in certain areas, or has more authority in some niche than the one who is being helped. God places an ēzer in our lives to resource us with what we need to carry out our calling, and ultimately our birthright (i.e., David and his mighty men).

    There is an aspect of loyalty and faithfulness in being an ēzer which is very evident in the Scriptures. The ēzer fights for us when we are in a corner, when our own personal resources have been depleted, when we are tired and don’t know which way to turn. At such times we call out for our Ēzer, our great God, along with the Psalmist, saying, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence…”

    That is my faithful, ever-present Ēzer, my God.

    And being an ēzer to my husband is the first thing that God has asked of me as a wife — not to take the place of God, but chosen and appointed by God to walk alongside of this man, empowering him to reach his birthright. Perfectly created by God to be “a helper suitable for him.”

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