Why does the Bible say two are better than one? What does this mean in the biblical context?
Rare is the person who is not thirsty for company and companionship. Perhaps this is why pets are so loved and considered part of the family. Their love is unconditional. We may be mad at them for a moment, but the next moment they are ready to jump on us! There is the need, deep in the human heart, to be loved and to give love; have fellowship with others and them with us. God says that “It is not good that the man is alone; I will make him a worthy helper»(Gn 2,18). God assured that the other creatures would have a male and a female and could be fruitful and multiply and then fill the earth (Gen 1,28), but “for Adam there was no assistant worthy of him“(Gn 2: 20b) therefore”the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and while he was sleeping he took one of his ribs and locked his place with flesh. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man whom he had made into a woman and brought her to the man”(Gen 2: 21-22).
Creation of the woman
The Hebrew word for “done” in Genesis 2:22 is constructed. The woman was built by God but from Adam (Gen 2: 21-23) but like Adam she was also made in the image of God as it is said: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female, he created them»(Gn 1,27) and made to be coequals and joint heirs together. Paul writes “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus“(Ga 3.28). The fact that God used Adam’s rib shows that he should not be standing behind him or in front of him but right next to him. God could have used a foot that could have indicated that she is under the man or the skull bone, which means that she is above him. The rib tells me that it must stand right next to man before God because he is no respect for persons (Acts 10:34) and “God shows no partiality(Rom 2:11). It’s a summary of their relationship before God, but what about two that are better than one?
Benefits of two
There are great advantages to having two verses one. On the one hand, imagine you are going for a hike or a hunt and you are injured and cannot get cell phone service. You would be on your own with no one to help you. This is a good example of how God blessed the fellowship of two or more. Solomon wrote that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil“(Eccl 4: 9) because”if they fall, we will raise up his fellow man. But woe to the one who is alone when he falls and who has no other to pick him up”(Eccl 4:10)! When you have company, even with a friend, you are in a much better position in life than going it alone. It’s not just about your life in church, but as a friend who might need help at 3 a.m. or that your friend is calling and in need of your help. We need one another to comfort, strengthen, and encourage one another. It is very difficult to comfort, strengthen and encourage each other. It is much easier when someone else comes to your side and helps you in turn, help them or others when they need it. Even in small things two are better than one, as in the writings of Solomon; “if two lie down together they warm up, but how can you warm up alone”(Eccl 4:11)?
Two become one
God created man and woman in his own image (Gen 1:27) and the two were to become one as Adam said: “It’s finally the bone of my bones and the flesh of my flesh“(Gn 2,23)”Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”(Gen 2:24). Adam must go and go their separate ways. This departure is essentially to leave your own family to start a new one and thus to cling or become attached to your wife and these two become one flesh; spiritually, emotionally and physically as a family. Even if they retain their individual identity, they become a new family unit. The husband’s departure from the family also means excluding them from his new family’s affairs, perhaps suggesting that it is primarily up to the man to prevent the in-laws from interfering in matters that do not concern them. . The in-laws of husband and wife should respect the wishes of the new family and not try to interfere in matters in which they have no business.
There is so much sorrow and loneliness in this world. In our church nursing home tours there are dozens of people who have lost their spouses and only about half of the residents receive visitors, including from their own families! The lives of millions of people are almost unbearable because they have not been able to marry by finding someone with whom they are compatible or with whom they would be a suitable companion, as Adam and Eve were made one for. the other. If this is you, I was where you are right now and I know it hurts. Pour your heart out to God and may He console you.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.