ADAM’S RIB

After Adam stayed out late a few nights, Eve became suspicious of him running around with another woman “What other woman?” Adam said. “You’re the only one here.” That night, as Adam was fast asleep he was awakened by Eve poking him in the chest.  “What are you doing?”  “Counting your ribs.”

Both men and women have a dozen set of ribs.  These ribs extend from the vertebrae (backbone) to form the wall of the thoracic (chest) cavity where the lungs and heart reside.  The first seven pair of ribs (1-7) are called true ribs and connect to the sternum (breastbone).  The remaining five pair of ribs (8-12) are called false ribs because they don’t attach directly to the sternum (breastbone).  False ribs (8,9,10)  attach to the cartilage (strong tissue) that attaches true ribs to the sternum (breastbone).  False ribs (11,12)  are floating, they do not attach to the sternum (breastbone) at all.

Now, all bones can repair (fix) themselves.  As a matter of fact, as soon as one of them breaks, your body springs into action to fix the injury.  Immediately, a blood clot forms around the fracture.  Inside that blood clot are special cells called phagocytes which consume any germs that might have gotten around the break. Then after the entire area is sterilized by the phagocyte cells, chondroblast cells form a soft connective tissue that connects the fracture bones to each other. And finally, osteoblast cells add new minerals (cartilage) to restore the bond to its original hardness.  But what makes ribs different is that unlike all the other bones in the body, they not only can repair (fix) themselves if broken, they can also regenerate (grow) themselves if removed.  In other words, take out an entire leg bone and it’s not going to regrow itself back again.  But take out an entire rib bone, and it will regrow itself again.  The primary reason for this is that the periosteum (phagocyte, chondroblast, osteoblast) tissue surrounding the ribs bones is so much more abundant in these rich blood cells than any other skeletal structure.

One man writes,

A head-on collision with a fully laden fuel tanker at highway speeds is an experience I would hope for none to share.  And the surprise was to have survived it (God clearly had other plans for me).  During the long five-and-one-half months in hospital, and then for years afterwards, I had a series of operations to reconstruct various parts of me, particularly the bones of my face.  These operations often required using my own bone for grafting purposes.  I noticed that the plastic surgeon would keep going back to the right side of my rib cage, actually through the same horizontal scar, to get more bone for these procedures.  One day I asked him why he hadn’t run out of bone.  He looked at me blankly, and then explained that he and his team took the whole rib out, each time.  “We leave the periosteum intact, so the rib just keeps growing back again.”  (Much like a banana would be removed from its peel while keeping he peel intact).  Despite having trained and practiced as a family doctor, I was intrigued; I had never realized this before.

The rib bone is one of the few bones mentioned by name in Scripture.  Genesis 2:21-23 says,

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; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

All this is important because of those who attack biblical creation.  They say that if we all come from Adam, then males should have one less rib bone than do females.  However, a check of the male skeletal shows twenty-four ribs, just like the female.  But this is wrong on two accounts: medically and genetically. First, medically.  As we have seen, when a rib is removed, another rib simply grows in its place.  (Of course this must all be done carefully, by one who knows what they are doing, and certainly the Creator more than qualifies here).  And secondly, genetically.  Our DNA is programmed to make a dozen pair of ribs.  But God didn’t change Adam’s genetic makeup, He just removed a self-regenerative bone.  Yet even if Adam had one less rib, it doesn’t then mean that all males would the same.  For instance, if a man loses his leg due to an accident, it doesn’t result in all of his children being born having just one leg.

The bottom line?  The evolutionist has no bone to pick whatsoever when it comes to that of Adam’s rib.