And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept—this records the first use of anesthesia—and he took one of the ribs and closed up the flesh. The word “rib” here actually means “side.” The woman is not merely of a rib but actually of one side of man.
When God created man, the word “form” was used, which is the same word used of a potter forming clay, but the word “build” here seems to mean God paid even more attention to the creation of woman. God made a formal presentation, in essence, performing the first wedding, thus he instituted the bonds of the marriage covenant, which is actually called the Covenant of God (Proverb 2:17). Indicating that God is the author of this sacred institution, this is the marriage model and was instituted by God—any other model, such as men marrying men and women marrying women, so called, can be constituted as none other than an abomination in the eyes of God. Marriage is honorable between a man and a woman. She is man’s counterpart—not merely in feeling and sense, not merely for his gratification or his flesh but in solid qualities.