We have looked at five important doctrines that a woman seeking biblical womanhood should stand firm upon in her life. It is because of these doctrines that we affirm a number of beliefs that are central to the Christian faith and those desiring to practice biblical womanhood. For the next several weeks we will examine these beliefs and how they relate to us and the culture in which we live.
When we respond humbly to male leadership in our homes and churches, we demonstrate a noble submission to authority that reflects Christ’s submission to God His Father.
Ladies, one of the hardest areas for us is that of submitting with the right attitude to the godly male leadership God has placed in our lives. There is a reason for that. No, it isn’t only because of sin. It is part of the consequences given to Eve and thus to each woman born thereafter.
Genesis 3:16, Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
In the above verse we see the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin in regard to Eve. We are going to focus on the bolded section.
The Hebrew word for desire is teshuqah which may also be defined as longing. This word is used only three times in Scripture. The first is here in Genesis 3:16. Typically, we might have the idea that this desire for her husband is a physical desire, which is an absolutely correct application. This also illustrated in a second verse, Song of Solomon 7:10, I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
The third use of teshuqah is found in Genesis 4:7 in the account of Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel had both given sacrifices to the Lord. Abel’s was a firstling from his flock. He shed blood for the sacrifice, which was God’s example to Adam and Eve no doubt taught to Abel by his parents. God had respect (regard) for Abel’s offering. Cain, however, did not offer that which was required. While he offered the firstfruits of his crops, he did not shed blood as was instructed. God did not have respect (regard) for Cain’s offering, which made Cain, according to Scripture, very wroth (angry). Cain wanted the acceptance of the Lord without following God’s plan.
Suppose we apply this idea to Eve in her desire. Suppose that Eve’s desire to her husband (also translated as man) was not only a physical desire for him but also a desire for his position, his leadership role. Adam was given the responsibility to dress (work, serve) the garden from the beginning. Part of Adam’s consequences for sin was that it was going to be harder for him to do so.
Genesis 3:17-19, And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Eve is told that her husband was going to “rule over thee.” The Hebrew word mashal is translated as rule in this verse. It also means have dominion, reign, and sometimes it may also be translated as govern. Understanding this, it is no wonder that we women struggle to humbly submit to our husbands and other God-ordained authorities. Eve was deceived by the serpent. She needed more protecting, more instruction and guidance in matters, but especially in spiritual matters. Because of her sinful nature, she now was going to wrestle with Adam’s God-given headship.
Ephesians 5:22-33, Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
We have discussed the Greek word hupotassó (I place under, subject to; I submit, put myself into subjection) at length in previous days. It is translated in the above passage as submit (22) and subject (24). Suffice it to say that as wives we are to willingly, purposefully, joyfully submit to our husbands as unto the Lord. We are to be an example of how the church is to respond to Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:3, But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
We are a piece of the puzzle in the grand picture of the relationship between God, Christ, and the church. Let us live lives in true biblical womanhood that would exemplify this glorious mystery so that all may see Christ through our lives.
The framework of this series was taken from the True Woman Manifesto provided through Revive Our Hearts Ministry.