Building in the Garden and in the City

Christ builds the churchGenesis 2:21-22 says, “Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.”

The word “built” seems unusual in the context of these verses, and is not found in most translations. Nevertheless, The Concise Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible at the end of Strong’s Concordance gives “build” as the primary meaning for the Hebrew word. Another reference* also gives “build” as the primary meaning and specifically mentions its metaphorical use in Genesis 2:22.

The use of “build” with respect to the bride matches the revelation through the Bible. Multiple verses in Ephesians 2 and 4 speak about building, followed by verses 5:23-32 about husband and wife as a picture of Christ and the church.  The building up of the Body of Christ and the preparation of the bride of Christ are two aspects of the Triune God’s work among Christians today.

New Jerusalem as a city is surely something built and Revelation 21:18 specifically speaks of “the building work of its wall.” This builded city is the bride, the wife of the Lamb, as we see in Revelation 21:

“I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (v. 2)

“I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (v. 9-10)

*R. L. Harris, G. L. Archer, Jr., and B. K. Waltke, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Moody Press, Chicago, © 1980 by The Moody Bible Institute.

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