PRINCIPLES DEDUCED FROM THE PREVIOUS STUDY.
- Principle 1; On the male and the female sides of humanity rests the responsibility and ability to lift up Divinity. On each side of the Ark and the two Altars rest the poles (bad) used to lift/carry them. (Remember previous study on bad and how it connotes strength). God said the poles (lebad) must never be taken out of any of the rings on the two sides of the ark and the altars. That is, strength should never be taken out of any side of humanity. That is, the hand of the woman should never have been weakened or denied entry into any sphere of influence.
- Principle 2; The female is not the helper of the male. The male and the female help each other. Just as it requires the two sides to help each other to lift the Ark of God, to constitute the altars and the tabernacle, one side is not, and cannot, be said to be the exclusive helper of the other. The divine order is that there should be always be a perfect balance in the partnership between the male and female sides of humanity. Also, this means that there is no divinely assigned boss, assistant, leader and/or follower. God never established any such model between the male and the female—in any relationship context—in the Beginning.
- Principle 3; God made only the male and the female genders. There were only two sides in the human that came out of God. There was no third or fourth.
- Principle 4; The two sides, the male and the female, equally represent all these three elements of The Covenant. They both initiate it, establish it, inaugurate it, develop it and shape it! The two of them are the two sides of The Ark of covenant, The Tabernacle, and The Altars. That is, the male and the female constitute the Presence of God, the Priestly ministry and the Worship of God. If one side is absent there can be no complete Altar, no complete Tabernacle, and no complete Ark.
- Principle 5; In God’s perfect will—for the male and the female—all things cut across equally; responsibility, grace, gifts, honour, and humility. Tsela always depicts two sides of one thing that always possess the same things; the same dimensions and the same properties. There is no respect of persons with God! There was nothing that God gave to one side that He did not also put on the other side, and in the exact same measure. Rom.12:3
- Principle 6; Female and male are one. The two are sides of one and the same things, and that means that they are essentially one. They are not apart from each other.
- Principle 7; Between the male and the female sides of humanity there is to be no discrimination. There are no fixed first or second positions between the two, which one fills the first or second positions; what is important is that the two are included. God never specified the sides. He did not fill in the blanks. He just always said ṣê-lāʻ or ṣal-ʻōt-ṯāw. There was no hierarchy or the prominence of one over the other.
- Principle 8; Humanity should never be alone or work alone. It was always one, then the other/ the second side. The two always went together. The male cannot be without the female and the female cannot be without the male. 1 Cor.11:11
Where does this leave us?
The female is not a mere side of the male and she is not from his side.
There are two sides of humanity. The female is a side, and the male is a side too.
Male and female are equal. They are not the same, but they are equal.
Both are halves of one thing, but each half is one whole on its own. A sperm cell has its own complete identity. So does an ovum. An ovum does not need anything else to be a complete ovum. Neither does a sperm cell. But, if the two were to come together, they would both ‘die’ and give rise to one new entity; an embryo. So is male and female. Each is complete as an individual, but there is a singular entity that they have the potential to become if they come together in unity; ’ā-dām. That is the ‘one flesh’ that God said the two will become. This one flesh, ’ā-dām, is not more of the male or the female, any more than an embryo is more of a sperm cell that it is of an ovum.
In the epitomising of the humanity that is made to represent divinity, the man is as independently un-whole, inadequate and incomplete as the woman is.
The man is not more whole than the woman and he is not more of God’s image than the woman is.
Male and female epitomise divinity and all that that translates to; leadership, dominion and power.
Womanhood epitomises strength, leadership and power just as manhood does, because they are both ’ā-dām and ’ā-dām was made in God’s image.
Vs. 23 And the human said, “This now [is] bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; they shall be called women (̉iš-šāh), because from man (îš) this was taken.
It was less of an endearing statement and more of a humble admission of the man’s equality to the female and his inadequacy in the face of his mate. And to that, God, in agreement, gave a conclusive admonition;
Vs. 24 For this same reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cling in his woman, and they shall be united in(to) flesh.
The reason is that the man (and woman) needs something. It is because the man is incomplete without woman, and he is aware of his weakness, that he will seek a reunion with her to be complete again. Man and woman make up the complete ’ā-dām. Woman completes man, and man completes woman, therefore, they both leave to cleave.
WOMAN; TAKEN OUT OF ’Ā-DĀM OR OUT OF ÎŠ?
Was the woman taken out of human or out of male?
While the words of the male in vs. 23 above may appear contradictory of the process as stated in 21-22, the understanding of the process still makes it impossible to assert that the human before vs. 21 could have been just a male. What then do we make of this?
We do not really know what ‘taking out a side’ entailed. What we do know for sure, based on the Exodus Study, is that God took out a whole half of the first human. How exactly He did that we do not know, and may never know. We do not know how much flesh was cut open or where God opened or how many places were even opened. What we can be sure of is that the specific gender of that first human is not as clear cut and decisive as we have always thought it, and what God did in the creation of humans was definitely more glorious and mysterious in comparison to the simplistic process we have made of it all this time.
It is also significant to note that in vs. 23 here is where male (îš) is first mentioned, and only after here, in chapter 3, is the term ’ā-dām ever used as a name/a proper noun.
Another question arises if we consider the man’s reply to God in Gen. 3 when he said, “it was the woman whom you gave to be with me…” This statement shows memory of a time when he was without a companion, and also the possibility that the person before the split was the same as the person after. How can the the idea of two sides gotten from the Exodus study be true? Well, it is a possibility that while there were male and female sides in that first human, it was the male side that was in operation. We could also say that because during the split the male side was left to occupy the first body, it makes sense that he would also retain the memory of past events that that first body carried.
At the end of the day it is all at best a mystery that we may never fully unravel. The details revealed in Exodus about tsela, however, cannot be ignored. I do not presume that I have exhausted all there is to see in this narrative, but, to the best of my knowledge, this is far closer to what was actually recorded of creation that what we have known since times past.
The motive for this study was not just to present every single thing that we have always known as inaccurate. I tried to be as objective as possible. As we can see, either way, the male was formed before the female, because when the flesh was closed up the male-human was ‘made’ first. So, we still have the same end as we have always known it (male was formed first), only that now, there is a huge difference in what we know as how that end was arrived at. This difference has pertinent implications. Knowing how man and woman truly came about answers questions that have plagued us for long about Gender Equality.