20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
I find it very interesting the way Adam was put into a deep sleep before the rib was taken from him, in order to create Eve. God didn’t go into much detail and I’ve always just figured it all happened within a short moment. He is God, creator of the universe. He could of just as easily said “let Eve have Adam’s rib” and it would of been done. I mean, if the light was created with few a spoken words why can’t the transfer of Adam’s rib into Eve. God could have just as easily spoke, but instead, he chose to put him in a deep sleep. So why the deep sleep?
People have been reading this story for thousands of years. This was read over and over again, even long before Jesus walked the earth.
People have tried to accomplish a similar process as described for surgery. Fast forward thousands of years (and really not that long ago from today), and you’ll find that on Oct. 16, 1846, William T.G. Morton, a Boston dentist, demonstrated the use of ether during surgery, ending the indescribable pain — and the overwhelming dread — that had been associated with the surgeon’s knife. The procedure today is known as Anesthesia.
The quoted words that were stated during this public demonstration were “WE HAVE CONQUERED PAIN.” But maybe we didn’t conquer anything. Perhaps God allowed us and guided us to find a way to eliminate the pain experienced when we go into surgery. A gift. Perhaps the four words stated should have been, “GOD HAS SHOWN MERCY!” But nope, instead it’s gotta be all about us. Or does it?
Surgery is more common these days…
I remember sitting in church one Sunday and the Pastor asked us to raise our hands if we ever been through a surgical procedure. 70% of the church raised their hands. I, being one of the 30%, thought to myself, “OH Great, I have something to look forward to”.
I sometimes wonder what people thought about this, those who lived at the time where they had the privilege of reading the first bible manuscripts. I can only imagine they would read this part and then begin asking each other, “Why did God put him in a deep sleep? That doesn’t make sense, God can simply say the words like he does with everything else. Why?”.
Several 1,000 years later we find that putting people in a deep sleep is pretty standard when doing a surgical procedure. God knew in time we as people would become more knowledgeable. Knowledge is something people have a difficult time with when it comes to faith. As we become more educated and more experienced, as people we, sometimes tend to lean toward this knowledge instead of leaning toward our God.
That incredible detail (Adam’s deep sleep) was included in there for a purpose. Here’s a little known fact. People today having now used anesthesia for about 150 years, can reflect on how God described putting Adam under before removing the rib. Just maybe this was written in the first book of the bible to make a point and to remind us that as we grow in our knowledge, that a greater knowledge and understanding was always there both in the beginning and still today?
The truth is, our knowledge and level of understanding is so limited compared to his. God is all knowing and we are no where close to sharing the same knowledge, although some of us would like to believe so. There are still things we are trying so hard to figure out, but the truth is already there.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
Ironically, in 1859, a mere 13 years after the statement was made “we have conquered pain” , the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was released, which is arguably the pivotal work in evolutionary biology.
So if we recap, God described a procedure, where the description is similar with a procedure we’ve been using for only about 150 years. We ignore this truth that God mentioned a similar procedure over 6000 years ago before the invention of the scapula. And instead many go on to seek knowledge and come up with their own ideas. By the way, did you know that in the Garden of Eden there was also a tree of knowledge. But God hasn’t given up on us yet, even though we keep letting him down and ignoring the truth. He’ll never give up. He’s much like a parent (our father) who will never give up on his child; whether you are an obedient child or kind of a problem child, he loves you still. He loves us enough to leave a few instructions to help us along the way, the bible.
One thing to always understand is that every word in the bible is God inspired, and he made a point to say something in 1 Timothy, I believe, to encourage us one step further.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”– 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.