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Eve Was the First Woman to Be Called a Wife

Fashioned out of man, she became man’s counterpart and companion. God saw that although Adam was in a state of perfect innocency, it was not good for him to be alone. It would be good for him, spiritually, intellectually and socially to have a wife. He needed someone to love and bear his children since the command had gone forth “to multiply and replenish the earth.” And so with Adam –

The world was sad, the garden was a wild,

And man the hermit sighed till woman smiled.

God spoke of the woman He was to provide for Adam as his “helpmeet” – a help meet or adapted to him – a term giving woman her true position in the world. It is only where the Bible exists and Christianity is practiced that she attains to such a position as the helper, or equal of man. In lands where darkness reigns, woman is the slave, the chattel of man. Thus Eve was given to Adam and their two hearts beat as one in love for each other and for God. Eve was formed while Adam slept. He knew no pain during the operation for as yet there was no sin in the world. How true it is that God is continually working while men sleep! He often imparts real blessings to His own as they sleep (Psalm 127:2).

When I wake from sleep,

Despair has fled, and hope is near;

The sky seems blue, and visions clear

Have banished all my dread and fear.

Milton