The Issues of Aloneness
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. (Genesis 2:18-20)
A shocking statement! “It is not good,” the LORD God said. This was a first … ten times in these opening verses of Genesis we read of everything being good. Here, something is not good.
What was not good was that man was alone. Primarily, this was not good because God Himself is not alone. He is One, but He exists eternally as three Persons. Within the tri-unity of God, He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Can we say it? Within God there is fellowship and relationship. He is not alone, nor is God lonely.
Therefore as man existed in his initial state of aloneness, God said that it was not good. There was no companion for him. As Adam named the animals, no companion was found. He was the only human being on the planet.
God had a plan, however. He announced that plan with these words: “I will make him a helper comparable to him.” This helper would be his equal, his counterpart, his completion.
This is the very first teaching on marriage in the Bible, and reveals its purpose. The primary purpose of God for marriage is companionship. It’s about sharing life with another person. We are made … each of us—married or unmarried—to share our lives with others. Mutuality is the rule of life.
For Further Review
1. Why do you think God said that it was not good for man to be alone?
2. What are some of the problems of isolation and aloneness? What does the Bible tell us about remedying this condition?
3. What have you learned about God’s nature through this passage? How will this change the way you relate to Him?
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