The term "help meet" originates from the Genesis account of the creation of Eve in the Bible.

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The term "help meet" originates from the Genesis account of the creation of Eve in the Bible. The King James Version of Genesis 2:18 states, "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." The phrase "help meet" in this context has often been interpreted and taught as meaning a helper fit for, or suitable to, Adam.
Translation and Meaning
In the original Hebrew, the words used are "ezer kenegdo."
Ezer (עֵזֶר) means "helper" and is derived from a root that can mean "to rescue, to save." This word is used elsewhere in the Old Testament to describe powerful assistance, and often refers to God Himself providing help (e.g., Psalm 121:1-2).
Kenegdo (כְּנֶגְדּוֹ) means "corresponding to him," "suitable for him," or "opposite him." This suggests a form of partnership where the helper is neither inferior nor subservient, but rather complementary and suitable.
Interpretation and Application
From a biblical perspective, Eve being created as a "help meet" for Adam indicates that she was intended to be a full and equal partner, bringing strengths to the partnership that Adam lacked. This can be applied in teaching about marriage and relationships within a Christian context, emphasizing mutual support, respect, and unity.
Real-World Applications and Examples
Mutual Support: In a marriage, both partners are to support each other emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually, just as Eve was created to be a support to Adam.
Scripture Reference: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ("Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.")
Equality and Respect: The concept of "help meet" underscores the idea of equality and respect within the relationship. Partners are to honor each other’s contributions and work together harmoniously.
Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:21 ("Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.")
Complementarity: The differences between partners can be seen as strengths, where each complements the other, just as Eve complemented Adam.
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (Discussion of different gifts, but the same Spirit, indicating how diverse contributions work together for a greater good.)
Church History Context
Throughout church history, interpretations of "help meet" have varied, reflecting broader societal views about gender roles. In early church teachings, the emphasis often was placed on mutual dependence and support as demonstrated by early Christian couples like Priscilla and Aquila, who worked together in ministry and are mentioned in Acts 18. Over time, some interpretations have shifted towards a more hierarchical view, especially in periods and cultures where gender roles were more rigidly defined. However, modern theological reflection often returns to a view of partnership and equality rooted in the Genesis account.
This understanding of "help meet" as a balanced, equal partnership can be used to foster healthier, more supportive relationships in Christian teaching and counseling.
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