"The LORD God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a
helper suitable for him' " (Gen 2:18).
Is it also true that it was/is not good for GOD to be alone?
We often mention that Adam and Eve in the garden are a pattern
of Christ and the Bride/church. But before there was Christ and the Church,
there was the Father and "Israel"... also patterned by Adam and Eve.
If God reveals that it was not good for Adam to be alone, but
that he needed a companion... surely it was a patterned or figurative way of
saying, "It is not good for ME to be alone... l must have a companion!"
And all of God's work from that day to this, especially
involving His Son, has been for that express purpose: of creating a "companion"
(actually, a company of companions) for His eternal fellowship. That is what the
"new creation" is all about.
Look at it another way: (1) If our own observation/experience
shows us how unsatisfactory life can be if lived entirely alone, with no regard
for or fellowship with others, and how much we need companionship, personal and
spiritual and sympathetic and loving... and (2) If we are made in the image and
likeness of God, then... reasoning backward... it is not good that God Himself
be alone either!
I remember some years ago a young sister asking in a Bible
class: "Why does God love me?" The question passed with perfunctory discussion,
and I at first dismissed it from my mind as of no great consequence. But then
the question came back to me again later... and it suddenly seemed to be of
enormous import: "WHY does God love me?" Not just the fact of His love, but the
rationale behind it! I finally came to the conclusion that: God loves me because
He needs someone to love, and He needs someone to love Him... and that somehow
even the Omnipotence of the Universe would be incomplete without the love,
freely given, of His creation!
So why weren't/aren't the angels enough? I would think it is
because their devotion is almost preprogrammed... whereas our devotion/love is
out of our own wills, freely given. And this is what God is looking for! And
this is why He had to create beings like Adam and Eve with the potential to
choose, and hence the potential to disappoint him greatly... but also with the
potential -- what a potential! -- to please Him.
Now there's a thought: that our disregard for the Father can
truly hurt him! What a responsibility to consider!