And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God made man in His image and gave man dominion over all over His creation. Man was created to assume the responsibility of making all of creation reflect God’s glory.
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep itGenesis 2:15
God places the man in the Garden of Eden. Man was given his task before he was given a wife. He was given a place to begin his work of dominion. Adam was given a vocation before he was given a wife.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God does not give the man free reign in how he takes dominion. He is given God’s Law that he must enact over all of creation. Adam is responsible to see that God’s Law is carried out.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
God names Adam showing His dominion or headship over Adam. God realizes that Adam cannot do the task He has given him alone, so He brings all the animals to Adam so that they might help him in his work of dominion. Adam names each animal demonstrating his dominion or headship over them. They are under his headship so that he might make them flourish and they might help him take dominion over the whole earth. However, God knows that the animals are not suitable helpers for Adam in his task.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
God now makes a helper that can meet Adam’s needs in his task of dominion. She is made from his rib signifying that she is to be close to his heart, under his headship, and under his arms of protection. Adam now names her showing that she is under his headship. Remember that headship/dominion is assuming responsibility for an individual or task in order that they might flourish.
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.
1 Corinthians 11:3
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. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1 Corinthians 11:7-9
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1 Timothy 2:12-13
This creation story is used in the New Testament to illustrate that man is to be the gracious head of woman. The man was created to assume responsibility for the woman and see that she flourish into an accurate reflection of God’s glory. He is to see that she knows and carries out God’s will/law.