“It is not good for man to be alone…” Genesis 2:18
God creates Adam, takes a look around, says that, and decides to create Eve. This is the first time that God has looked at creation and said that something is not good and while the verse specifically refers to the first man and woman, I think there’s something a little deeper going on. God creates mankind in the garden, before sin has marred anything in His beautiful creation, God proclaims that it is not good for humans to be alone.
I think there are a couple of reasons for this and could fill books with what’s going on here, but let’s hit the highlights.
The Godhead is Three in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If humans, created in the image of God, are to be true image-bearers of this God, there must be more than one in community. Even before sin, people were created with differences all meant to edify one another and display the beauty, glory, and wisdom of God.
“Can you zip up my back?” was a phrase often heard on Sunday mornings in the Zapata household when the women would don their best dresses. There are tasks that we just have a hard time accomplishing alone. Sometimes these things are not just difficult, but impossible alone and when performed with a helper (or many helpers), are unbelievably simple. We help each other, we teach each other and we serve one another and in all of this, we are acting out the Gospel.
Sin has created additional needs for community. We have blind spots. There are things that we can fool ourselves into thinking. There are things that we may not even notice we are doing. And there are things that we know are wrong but proceed to do anyway. In each of these situations, community is huge. They help us in our battle against sin and push us to Christ.
For fear of going too long, the only other thing I’d mention is that we exist to comfort one another.
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4. God comforts us so that we can pass that comfort along! What a blessing to be a comfort to someone else who is going through the same pain that we have been through ourselves.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 God doesn’t give us options. He presupposes that we will have community because it is a given and prescribes ways to walk out that community. We are stronger together than we could ever be apart and in loving and comforting one another, weeping with and rejoicing with one another, we bring glory to our Father in heaven and walk out the Gospel.
“It is not good for man to be alone.”