26 March 2012

Woman Is the Glory of Man

Here is a question...

What pushes up through the soil of your mind when you hear the word, glory? The smell of the dew on the steaming earth? A full antlered elk at watch in the woods? The pebble-work of stars rippling over the night?


Or have you been watered with thoughts from the good book, so that your notion of glory petals out with the many-hued kindnesses of God?


If this is the lot of your mind, then I say you are blessed.

And yet, even still, if you’ve never read 1 Corinthians 11, your notion of glory will be missing something, because in all of holy scripture, only that passage says this:

Woman is the glory of man.


How true the thought rings, but where did it come from? Come sit by me now in the primeval theater of Genesis chapter 2, and watch and listen to its very first performance:

...the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him... So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.”
 


Woman is the glory of man; for she was taken out of man: not from his head, to make her his ruler, nor from his feet, to make her his lackey, but instead from his rib, to make her his helper, and as Paul puts it, his glory: first, by being his complement, completing what was missing; and then, by being his ally in their God-given calling.
 

Woman is the glory of man.