Much has been written, spoken, reported about this new intruder into the life of this…
In the beginning God created male and female, human, one being, one nature, but separate, different yet together. An image of the Divine Trinity. One Being, one nature yet entirely different. (Gen 2:23). This very real difference yet sameness of nature (male and female) is not reducible and cannot be denied or changed. The differences yet the sameness are inscribed in the essence of both male and female.
The principle of this difference between male and female is then tempered and strengthened and confirmed with free will to lead to a communion of body and spirit without reservation and without need to return to the womb for comfort. The womb of the past is replaced by a new womb where male and female tie their bond to one another. “This is why a man leaves his mother and father and cleave to his wife and they shall be as one flesh” (Gen 2:24).
Human beings have a nature perfectly attuned to complementarity without which there is disunity and dis-communion.
In a society like modern society which is fixated with over sexualised images and over sexualised language and innuendo, the call for deconstruction of marriage seems not unexpected because marriage means something else. It has deeper meanings, an external manifestation of an internal and eternal ecstasy. An overflow of love. So a society which does not see marriage in its deepest meaning must surely decline into something we witness today.
Marriage in its original design was for male and female. God formed the Y chromosome (him) and the X chromosome for her, and together they formed the XY “male and female He created them.” However the XY is to be carried by the male so that he in his giving donates the son or daughter to each other. She on her behalf donates only what she has been given and that is her X chromosome but also the gift of carrying the joined XX (daughter) or XY (son) on their behalf.
Imagine he carries the gender she carries and delivers their fruit of that union.
As I ponder on the words “male and female He created them” I am always sent into deep thought. We are told that God created Adam from the soil and then breathed into his nostrils His very breath, then God put Adam into a state of ecstasy or “deep sleep” and from Adam “made” Eve as companion for the man. Which means that Eve received her “God-ness” from “man?” In silence, where not even “Adam” may see the moment of “creation.” How? From the same soil? No. Woman is to be more refined so she can clearly “hear” the voice of “life” and respond. In the moment of “conjugal ecstasy,” is the moment when God formed Eve for man. One like himself (human) but different who like him creates. So that on His own He has desired to have leave open the way for His own “gift” to them, life to be received. Creator God says that from deep within and alone Adam (man) is incomplete and on her own Eve (woman) is incomplete.
What intricate mastery there is in this idea of creation?
And also how did God “Take out” from Adam the X chromosome to create Eve from it? Enter the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit “Overshadowed Mary” who could only have within her X chromosome, so how did she deliver an XY (son) and not a (daughter) but she did miraculously conceive Jesus. Could the same Holy Spirit “overshadow” the X chromosome taken from Adam and birth Eve? The Holy Spirit, the spirit of Life created the first prototype and told them to continue his work by being fruitful and multiplying.
Is the sin of Adam and Eve against the Holy Spirit the Lord and Giver of life and that is why Jesus says that sin against the holy spirit cannot ever be forgiven because it is the Holy Spirit who “overshadows” creation to make it come into being? And rejection of what the Holy Spirit has brought into being is a rejection of the desire of the Father brought about by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who says yes to the new idea and work of creation of God. It is the Holy Spirit who overshadows the x or y and enlivens these so that long before there is even a hint of conception a new creation has been knitted together by the overshadowing, which of course, means in secret and away from vision.
The theme of overshadowing or tabernacling is important because we encounter this right at the beginning of time, the beginning of all creation and throughout scriptures in cloud overshadowing Moses on Sinai, Cloud overshadowing the people of Israel as they travelled through desert, the Cloud overshadowing Jesus and Peter James and John on Tabor. And of course the overshadowing of Mary to conceive Jesus.
And this overshadowing and tabernacling in the form of a cloud or pillar of fire or quiet whisper, or hand which covers cavern on the mount in order to protect as the Lord passes by, the burning bush which bears the Lord without being consumed, is believed to be the Holy Spirit. The Shekinah. The Kabód, the Glory of Yahweh which created them male and female, at the spoken word. the mysterious genders which makes them same but very different. This makes them have a need for one another and fulfil the words of God “it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make for him a helper fit for him.” (Gen. 2:18). And to fulfil the command to be “fruitful, multiply, fill the earth” (Gen. `:28). Man without woman, and woman without man cannot fulfil this command. Each alone is barren.