Let’s take an adventure back to the creation of women. In Genesis 2:18 it says, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him”. It goes on to say that “God created all of the wild animals” to be his helpers, “but there was still no helper that was just right for him.” After God had made women, he brought her to Adam “At last! The man exclaimed”.
I love studying the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic context of scriptures to see the word of God in the way it was originally written. Since everything we read in the Bible has been translated multiple times to what we read today, (unless you know any of these languages, and props to you if so), we can see different meanings to the words translated when we look up the original word written. Sometimes minor translation differences can have many different meanings to specific words. (BlueLetterBible.com is great for research, check it out)
The original Hebrew word translated to “helper” in verse 18 & 20 is `ezer. This is ironically a masculine noun. It is used 21 times in the Bible and 16/21 times it refers to God when he is saving those in desperate need, 1/3 of those scriptures referring to saving “His children” the Israelites. Here are a few other examples of scriptures using the Hebrew word `ezer:
“But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper (`ezer) and my savior; O Lord, do not delay.” -Psalms 70:5
“O Israel, trust the Lord! He is your helper (`ezer) and your shield.” -Psalms 115:9
“I look up to the mountains— where does my help (`ezer) come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” -Psalms 121:1-2
“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help (`ezer) and our shield.” -Psalms 33:20
Nearly half of the scriptures with this word are accompanied by the descriptions of “a sword” and/or a “shield.” This word could easily be translated as “a shield”, “strength”, “protection”, or “deliverer”. When we look at it that way, women have a HUGE role. Rather than the word we would associate with women being the “help” by washing dishes and making food, we were created with the intent to protect with strength those who are in desperation of help. Although the world may give us the description of being weak, God created us with an incomprehensible amount of strength inside of us.
For any woman reading this, let this empower you to rise up, and be that strong women you were created to be. You are capable, you are more than enough, you are God’s glorious creation perfected by the hands of the Almighty to make this world a better place! For any man reading this, take a few moments to appreciate the strong women in your life who have made an impact on you, and maybe even share this with them! I can’t image what the world would be without women, and I am certainly SO grateful for the strong, incredible women that have truly fought for me, been my “swords & shields,” and show me what it is to be a strong woman!
A huge thank you to a few of these amazing women in my life: my incredible mother Christine Soule, Lisa Bailey, Candice Sinclair, Leslie Moss, Elizabeth Grace, Jeanne Mayo, Joanne Ramos, Cheryl Haskins, Cyndy Lucena, Natalie Armstrong, Gina Schober, Camille Jones, Kathy Medak, & Natalie Wallace.