The Bride in Genesis
By Arlen L. Chitwood
Contents & Foreword
1. Adam and Eve
2. Isaac and Rebekah
3. Jacob and Rachel
4. Joseph and Asenath
Beloved Son of the Father
5. Joseph and Asenath
Hated by His Brethren
6. Joseph and Asenath
Exalted over All Egypt
The Tree of Life
Man was created for a specific purpose, revealed at the time of his creation. Immediately following the restoration of the ruined earth (Genesis 1:2b-25) — a ruin resulting from Satan’s previous aspirations to “be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:14-19) — God not only announced the creation of man (an entirely new entity in the universe) but the reason for man’s creation as well:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion [Hebrew: radah, ‘rule’] over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion [Hebrew: radah, ‘rule’] over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)
Man, created in God’s image, after God’s likeness, was created to rule the restored domain. He was created to rule the domain in the stead of the incumbent ruler, Satan, along with his angels (vv. 26-28).
And man was not to rule this restored domain alone. The woman — who had been created in the man, removed from the man after the man had been put to sleep, formed into “an helpmeet” for the man (who would be his wife), and then presented back to the man (2:18-22) — was to rule with the man (1:27, 28).
The woman, who was bone of man’s bones, and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:23), had to rule with the man. The woman, because she was a part of the man’s very being, completed the man; and the man could not rule as an incomplete being.
The man and the woman ruling together — the king, with his consort queen — formed one complete being on the throne. Both had to rule together in this respect, else there could be no rule.
This is a principle surrounding the purpose for man’s creation, having to do with the manner in which man was to rule, which God established at the time of man’s creation. And this principle cannot be violated.
Understanding this principle will shed light upon numerous things seen in the opening three chapters of Genesis. Why did Adam, though not deceived, partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil following Eve partaking of this tree? The answer is the same as the reason why Christ, who knew no sin, was made “sin for us” when He found His bride in the same condition in which Adam found Eve (Genesis 3:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:14).
Adam could not rule apart from Eve; and Eve, following the time when she had eaten of the forbidden fruit, was no longer in a position to rule with Adam. Thus, Adam could not have fulfilled the purpose for his creation had he not acted exactly as he did. Adam acted with a view to Eve’s redemption, in order that he, as a complete being (Adam, with Eve), might one day fulfill the purpose for man's creation.
Nor can the second Man, the last Adam, rule apart from a wife. He, as the “first Adam,” found His bride in a fallen state. And He acted in complete accord with the established type, with a view to exactly the same thing seen in the type. He who knew no sin was made “sin for us,” with a view to both He and a redeemed wife one day taking the scepter and ascending the throne together.
This book, The Bride in Genesis, deals with the various ramifications of this whole overall thought, drawn from different parts of the book of Genesis. And if man would properly understand that which God has revealed on the subject, he must begin where God began and view the matter from the perspective in which God established this relationship in the beginning, as set forth in His unchangeable Word.