Sleeping Beauty - Say That ORourke

The story of Sleeping Beauty is a classic. A witch casts a curse on a princess, who then falls into a deep magical sleep. She can only be awakened by the kiss of true love, given to her by Mr. Right, a prince. No one really thought a similar story would be in the Bible, or that sleeping beauty would be a man. This story has no witch, and was not birthed in evil. It was birthed in the heart God, to produce the holiness of His image, and yes, it too has a happy ending.

Gen 2:21 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;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Keeping on in our walk through Genesis 2, we come to the final, diamond creation of God: woman. When man realized that he was alone, God put him to sleep. Man had no say, no opinion on the formation of his equal...of woman. What God was forming was designed to bring Him glory, and complete Their image, not appease man's needs or appetite. In the previous verses in the chapter, Adam observed that he was alone. Now however, in the formation of woman, man must feel his lack.

God forms woman outside of man's presence. Why is this important for woman? If she had been formed in the presence of even a sleeping man, it is possible that she may have opened her eyes, seen man first, and drawn identity and purpose from him. No, God was the first person she was acquainted with, and so her identity and purpose are solidified in Him.

Please notice with me the differences in the following verses:

Sleeping Beauty - Say That ORourke
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Gen 2:21 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;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

In the first verse, Adam is formed, breathed into, and becomes a living soul. In the next 2 verses, woman is formed. She is not breathed into, and there is no “becoming” for her? Why? How is she breathing? Where does her breath come from? Why didn't God breath into her? Because God already breathed into Adam. Since they are one, his breath is her breath, his becoming her becoming, his soul her soul. They are one.

Now consider this next set of verses:

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 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.
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent...said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden...

Who told her about the boundary of the tree? The Bible only informs us that God told one: man. There is no mention of a tree conversation with woman, either from God or man. She knows of the tree because she is her husband, only not. Just as his breath and his life they share, so his knowledge they share. They are a singular plural unit. Woman shares life, identity, call, job, boundary, ministries of service with man; woman does not draw those things from man. And yet they are different in their identity (one is male the other is female), and thus their shared lives as manifested individually may differ. Each one is stronger than the other in differing areas.

Neither man nor woman went looking for each other. Since they didn’t know each other existed prior to them meeting, what might they have chosen if God hadn’t been leading, if they each hadn’t been submitting to God? If we are honest, some of us have not submitted to God, and chosen wrongly. I know I have, and I have hurt myself and others deeply, in the process. I am still recovering from those wounds. No, God didn’t let that happen here. God brought woman to man, and it was God who awakened man to meet woman. And the only authority in this hierarchy and head is God: God awakens man (again, Genesis 2:7), and God leads woman. In fact, the only hierarchy has God on top, with man and woman standing before him side by side. God is the prince who awakes all us sleeping beauties in His time, introduces us to the one He has prepared for us for, and for us.

Point: When one waits on God, He brings to you (or brings you to) the equal He has for who you are. Identities will be similar and different. Passions will be similar and different. Ministries will work together. Knowledge on things will be easier to share. Life, identity, and purpose will be shared, similar, and different.

Point: A God-directed relationship is mutual, committed, shared, complementary. Any “authority” in this relationship is based on the strength of the individuals in the relationship, and what strength is called for in the specific situation.


Are you searching all of creation, never finding your “other self”, settling for someone you were not created to be? Are you fighting the “sleep” God wants to put you in, thinking you can choose better than what God can create? Are you willing to wait, and let God bring His image together in your life, so that you both may stand as equals before the only head, Jesus?