While both man and woman were made for the glory of God, woman glorifies God by being the help meet to man that God designed her to be. Man was made in the image and likeness of God and specifically for the glory of God, but woman was made in the image of man. She was made specifically for man; she is the glory of man.
The Spiritual reasons why God made woman
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
– I Corinthians 11:7-9 (KJV)
Woman is made in the image of man, and yet she does retain some traits of the nature of God as well because she is made in the image of man, who was made in the image of God.
The relationship between man and woman is meant to be a symbol of the relationship between God and his people. The man exercises God’s leadership, protection and provision traits. Woman exercises God’s submission traits: as Christ was always fully submitted to the Father’s will, so should woman out of respect for God be fully submissive to her husband.
The New Testament confirms this symbolism:
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
– Ephesians 5:22-24 (KJV)
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
– I Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
The temporal reasons and roles for which God has made woman
This brings us to the temporal reasons why God made woman. God made woman as a suitable helper for man in this age. After this age the woman’s role as a helper to man, and marriage itself, will no longer exist.
34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
– Luke 20:34-36
When I talk about temporal reasons, I mean before God does away with this earth and makes a new heaven and new earth. For the short time that we are born and live on this earth, God has placed us in temporary bodies and given us temporary roles to fulfill during this life. The gender roles God has assigned us are for this age and this time. In many ways it is like a test. If you are born in a man’s body, you have a man’s test to take. If you are born in a woman’s body, you have a woman’s test to take.
A companion for man
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
– Genesis 2:18
God made man as a relational creature. Men are not designed to be alone. Woman was designed to meet the man’s need for companionship. While it is true that some are given the gift of being able to be celibate, the vast majority of God’s creation has never been given that gift and are not meant to be alone.
A trustworthy adviser for her husband
10 An excellent wife, who can find?…
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
– Proverbs 31:10a, 11-12 & 26 (NASB)
While the Bible never teaches the modern idea that a woman’s intuition is always right (in fact it teaches she can be deceived as Eve was), still, a wise and Godly woman is a great asset to her husband. He would do well to listen to her counsel before making decisions. But there is more to her than just her counsel. The Bible implies that she is his greatest ally, that she will never bring harm to him, and that he can always depend on her.
Her body is given her as a comfort and pleasure to her husband
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
– Genesis 2:24 (KJV)
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
– Genesis 24:67 (KJV)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
– Genesis 49:25 (KJV)
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
– Proverbs 5:19 (KJV)
The concept that a wife’s body is one of the gifts she has been given to give to her husband does not mean that his body is not also a gift for her in this context. In fact, in the Song of Songs, the entire book is dedicated to the idea of the mutual physical love God designed a man and woman to be able to share within the bounds of marriage.
But God designed a man with a much stronger need for regular sex than a woman and the woman’s body is designed to meet this need even apart from just procreation. The Bible speaks of the fact that God has designed man and woman to become “one flesh” and while in marriage this can take on a spiritual as well as a physical meaning, it has at its core the idea of sexual union. God beautifully created a woman to be able to physically fit perfectly together with her husband in the act of sex.
While today our world has perverted God’s beautiful creation of sex, God displays the beauty of his gift of sexuality with no shame. A woman’s breasts (and by extension her body) were literally seen a “blessing” to man and not only for feeding his children. But they also were given to him by God as a gift, for his comfort and pleasure.
The bearer of mankind, caregiver and manager of the home
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
– I Timothy 5:14 (KJV)
4 …teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
– Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
10 An excellent wife, who can find?…
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household…
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
– Proverbs 31:10a, 15a, 19 & 27 (NASB)
Not only did God make woman to be a companion and trusted adviser and ally to man, but he also gave her the sacred privilege and duty of bearing the sons and daughters of mankind. He gave her the responsibility to manage and keep the home while the man goes out and uses his God-given abilities to provide for their home.
In Proverbs 31, we see she provides food for her household, makes clothes (or in our day and age buys clothes for the family) and does not “eat the bread of idleness”, which means she is always doing things around the house; no one could even accuse her of neglecting her home.
God gave woman some physical characteristics to help her fulfill these roles for which she was designed. Some of these characteristics include:
- Estrogen in women causes them to have softer and more delicate skin than men. This makes a woman’s touch very soothing in her role as caregiver. It also makes a woman have finer, more delicate facial features than a man.
- A woman’s body purposefully retains more fat than a man’s body does. Her body does this for several reasons. Her fat is first distributed to her breasts, buttocks, hips and legs. This gives a woman that “curvy” look that God intended her to have. Scientists have recently discovered a special fat called DHA that is the crucial building block for infant brain development. A woman’s body pulls heavily from the fat in her hips, buttocks and legs to help her baby develop and after the baby is born the body continues pulling from this fat storage to produce breast milk. This also gives a woman’s body a more “cushy” feel than a man’s more typically muscular body. So this extra fat storage serves two purposes: one for reproduction and child rearing, and at the same time God has wired men to find the curvy look and cushy feel of a woman attractive.
- Human females are the only mammals whose breasts stay large (relatively speaking) even when not pregnant or nursing. Most other female mammals only have protruding breasts when they are filled with milk for nursing; human female breasts, however, are mostly filled with fat. The human female breasts always being present serves God’s intended design for them to be a place of comfort for children as well as a place of comfort and sexual pleasure for husbands.
- Woman’s brains are wired for more emotional intelligence than men. Men tend to be more left-brain dominant which makes them more task-oriented. Women use both sides of their brain which helps them to be more intuitive and relational than men.
- Because women are better able to understand, and pick up on emotions, this makes a woman much better suited to dealing with children (who can be extremely emotional). Her emotional intuitiveness helps her to better understand the needs of her infant child well before the child can actually speak.
- A woman’s emotional intelligence also helps her in her caregiver role, which is why most day-care workers are women, and most nurses are women.
- Women are typically less likely to take risks or do risky things than men and God designed this cautiousness in her to help protect her and her children (who are physically weaker than adult men).
God beautifully designed woman to be man’s help meet. He designed her body as well as her brain to be soft and gentle. She is amazingly built to bear and take care of children. Her emotional intelligence is a great asset to her husband. She plays a very important part in the spiritual symbolism of God’s relationship with his people where her submission and dependence upon her husband is symbolic of the submission and dependence that God wants his people to show toward him.