“BONE OF MY BONES”

Blog: Max Dawson
February 16, 2017
That language is found in . The words are from Adam. They may have been revealed to him by God while he was in the deep sleep. They were spoken immediately after the woman was presented to him. The entire quote reads…
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.
She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man.”
Did you notice that the first line of this quote is a Hebrew figure of speech? There are numerous examples of this kind of language–even in the New Testament. One such example is found in , where Paul described himself as a “Hebrew of the Hebrews.”
This was the Jewish mode of expressing a thing to the superlative degree. Paul was a Jew in the highest sense of the word. He was a native Jew, not a proselyte. He was born of Hebrew parentage, from both his mother’s and father’s side. In everything–his nation, religion, education and language, he was a Hebrew. Even though he was born in Tarsus, he was still a Hebrew to the highest degree. That is the meaning of the superlative–being a thing to the highest degree.
This figure of speech is also found in (and numerous other texts). The Revelation text refers to Jesus as “Lord of Lords, and King of Kings.” When I first became a Christian, I thought this language indicated that Jesus was “Lord, ruling over other lords,” and that He is “King, ruling over other kings.” While there is a sense in which that is true, that is not the point of that language.
The Revelation text represents Jesus as Lord and King to the superlative degree. He is Lord in the highest possible sense. He is King in the highest possible degree.
Sometimes this kind of Hebrew idiom is even found in modern America. Comedian Sid Caesar had a TV program in the 1950s entitled, “Your Show of Shows.” The superlative was used to describe this as the greatest of all shows. It was a boast that no show could exceed it. By the way, Sid Caesar was Jewish.

THE FINAL WORD

Now, back to our point from … “Bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh.”
This language is clearly indicative of the fact that husband and wife should be one to the highest degree possible. That was God’s intent–unity, one flesh. Though Eve differed from man in gender, she was of the same nature, made from man, joined to man. She came from man himself–of his flesh, blood and bone!
Man should see his wife as part of himself. That is why a man loves his wife as himself; that is why he nourishes and cherishes her ().
While the woman is different from every other creature on earth, she has a unique connection to man that was intended by God to be the closest of all relationships.
Adam saw the woman as a special gift from God. How do you see your wife? How would you treat her if you truly believed she was a gift from God?
Blessings to you, my wise friends,
–Max

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