“The Missing Rib Principle” – Seeds of Faith – February 14, 2022

February 14 is Valentines Day, so let us learn some lessons from Adam and Eve, the first couple in the Bible.

Genesis 2:18-22 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” …But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”

What can we learn from these verses? The valuable lesson that we can see here is that God has a special someone for you, and me. If this is the plan of God for all men and women, then it means that there is man and a woman for you that God has made. Let me call this the “missing rib” principle.

What can we learn from this “missing rib” principle?

First, find the “missing rib” of your life. You need to make an effort to find that somebody who is compatible to you.

The “missing rib” should fit the “rib cage”. If not, then there will be broken marriages. And this is happening in our society.

Second, the “missing rib” will complete your life.

If we follow the plan of God in the Garden of Eden, we can see that of all the animals, there is no one for Adam. This means that if you find your “missing rib”, it will complete your life.

Third, the “missing rib” is a “suitable helper.” KJV calls the woman as “help meet.” The Living Bible translation says, And the Lord God said, “It isn’t good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs.”

This means men should look for somebody who meets his needs, a partner who complements what he is lacking. And this is one of the objectives of our marriage – to meet the needs of one another.

Moreover, the “missing rib” principle teaches that only a man and a woman can get married. It also teaches us that we cannot marry more than one.

Happy Valentines Day everyone! May God bless us all!


Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on

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Central Philippine University
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