I received a question about the rib taken from man, when YHWH made a woman and brought her unto the man (Gen. 2:22). What is the spiritual meaning of this ‘rib’?
Keep in mind that as we are studying the spiritual meaning of the literal text, man and woman are not to be taken literally/physically. They are symbols, pictures, referring to a deeper spiritual meaning.
The Hebrew word translated with rib in this text is צֵלָע (tsela, Strong 6763). When we study the pattern of this word in the Bible, it is remarkable to see that it is most of all used in the descriptions of the construction of the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25), the tabernacle (Exodus 26, 36) and the temple (1 Kings 6, Ezekiel 46). They are all referring to the mind/heart. The ark of the covenant contained the Torah scroll, symbol of His Torah in our mind and heart (Exodus 6:6, 8, Jeremiah 31:33).
From this we can conclude that YHWH made woman from the mind/heart of man. Woman is after man’s own heart, as David was a man after His own heart (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22). Man’s and woman’s heart and mind are one, they are one, אֶחָד (echad) (Gen 2:24, Eph 5:31). “… brought her unto the man” (Gen 2:22). This is a picture of the One Mind of the 100 fold: one in mind and heart with YHWH and with each other. In Eph. 5:32 Paul calls this the great mystery: a picture of Messiah and the קהל (kahel, Strong 6951) becoming one, One Mind. Kahel is translated as congregation or church, first mentioned in Gen. 28:3 for the multitude (kahel) of people Jakob (Israel) was promised (again in Gen 35:11). It is a picture of the Marriage of the Lamb (note the multitude in vs 6): “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” Rev. 19:6-7
Back to Genesis 2: “It is not good that the man should be alone” (vs 18). The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. He must have taken that wisdom from the Bible: one plus one is more than two, it is the One Mind.
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