― Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
The ribs in the center... A centered, focused, Godly woman - the God given, God-ordained is there to protect the vitality of his life and will allow herself to be broken before she allows harm to come to him.
Then we have the ribs at the base... these float. There are women that float from guy to guy. Aren't fully committed, only in it to see what they can get out of it and truly cause more problems than good and are the ones you can live without.
The Rib Cage
Let's take a look at the anatomy of the rib. From studying we find three types of ribs. There are:
True Ribs (There are true, authentic women of God. Heaven sent to do the job they were created to.)
False Ribs (There are women who use men and are the fake, the counterfeit.)
Floating Ribs (There are women that truly aren't fully committed to their men and are there, but are doing their own thing)
The ribs up high connected to the collar bone are the women who create the atmosphere of their home and relationship with him and based on how these women are; the neck connected to the collar bone will either cause them to bow before the Lord in humility or be stiff-necked in arrogant pride. These ribs (women) will draw you closer to the Lord or push you further away from Him.
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“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”
That's a teaching right there! Yet it also represents the types of women there are and how they relate to a man. The ribs also help with breathing. They protect the vital organs.
The woman that God created from the man and for the man will ensure his life breathe... meaning living and breathing out the life breathe of God and will also protect him and the vitality of his life.
One of my favorite depictions of the woman being the rib, taken out of the man.
It’s amazing how God made man, and so beautiful how he made woman! By: Florence Toh
Why did God create Woman from Man’s rib, when He could have simply created her from dust, as He did Man? This is a story that puts a beautiful touch on the reasoning:
“When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him from the dust of the Earth and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do.”
“Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body.”
“You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side. You are my perfect angel. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtue in your heart. Your eyes: don’t change them. Your lips: how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose so perfect in form, your hands so gentle to touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I’ve held your heart close to mine. Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me.”
“Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support. You are special because you are the extension of me.”
“Man represents my image, woman – my emotions.
Together, you represent the totality of God. So man: treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me. What you do to her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father and the heart of her Father. Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.”