Most of you are familiar with the Biblical creation story. Genesis 2 tells how after God had formed the world and placed man in the beautiful Garden of Eden, he said to himself, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him . . . . So, the Lord caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the ribs he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. “
The late Paul Harvey liked to talk about “the rest of the story.”
Prior to creating the first woman, God spoke to Adam about his plans.
“Adam,” he said, “I’m going to create a companion and helper for you. We will call her Eve. She will be the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen. She will serve your every need. She will cook your meals, tend the garden, feed the livestock, and obey your every command. In the evening she will sing to you and then make passionate love.”
“Wow,” said Adam, “Sounds great. What’s it going to cost me.”
“An arm and a leg,” responded God.
Adam thought for a minute, then asked.
“What can I get for a rib?”
That’s the rest of the story.