Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
While there would be universal acceptance of the notion that some things require a partnership of sorts, marriage and boxing for example, these words appear in the 1952 song by the same name, which has since covered by many. The song, first made famous by Pearl Bailey, pretends to exhaust the many things one can do on one’s own but saves “the dance of love” as the contrasting one thing that requires two. Whenever this phrase is used, whether describing a hockey fight, nasty divorce proceedings or a criminal conspiracy, it is an implicit allusion to romantic love.
Then the Lord God said,
“It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him a helper as his partner.”
God created us for the other! We are social beings. Our life, our faith, all that we are is lived in relationship. This is the point of the second creation story. It is interesting that the word Hebrew word, ezer, translated here as “helper” refers directly to God in other parts of the scriptures. Examples include Exodus 18:4, Deuteronomy 33:29, Psalm 33:20 and Psalm 115:9. The first woman is like a God! Eve is like God in that Eve was created for the other, as we all are! This is a helpful way of understanding what we mean when we use the phrase created in God’s image. The constant message in scripture is that God made us for the other. God knew it would take two to tango.