Did God (Elohim) really say....
The enemy ALWAYS tempts us by questioning what God said, and if we are not IN the WORD we will fall for his lies.
She also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate it.”Geenesis 3:6b NIV
We must not forget that it was both Adam and Eve that sinned, it wasn’t just Eve. Though she is the one that speaks to the serpent and takes the apple and the first bite, Adam was standing right beside her while the serpent was questioning Eve. Had Adam been knowledgeable in anyway more than Eve, he would’ve spoken up. Instead, he allowed the snake to deceive them.
Are you knowledgeable enough in the Word of God to protect your loved ones from being deceived? You don’t have to know every scripture like the back of your hand, you just have to know God’s Truth so that when the lies come in you can distinguish them. It’s not just about walking with God, because Adam and Eve did that and still sinned. It’s also about knowing what God requires from us and making sure we follow His instructions regardless of what anyone else says.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.
He will crush you head, and you will strike his heel.”Genesis 3:15 NIV
God is speaking to the serpent in this passage, but more importantly he is speaking to Satan who has taken the form of the snake. The snakes offsprings – or Satan’s offsprings are those that choose to follow him.
The woman’s offspring referenced to here is Christ, the only person in the world that is not related to Adam. Christ Jesus was born from Mary – from woman, there’s no trace of Adam in Him and therefore there’s no sin in Him for sin is passed on by man, not woman.
The offsprings of the serpent would eventually hate and destroy the offspring of the woman (Jesus Christ), but in doing so they condemn themselves, for Jesus’ death served as an atonement for our sins, the sin that the first serpent caused the woman to commit and therefore it is only right that it is the woman’s offspring that overcomes the serpent’s children through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”Genesis 3:16 NIV
Though this scripture has been taken out of context many times, allow me to remind you of Genesis 2 when God created female. God created female to be a suitable helper for the male and God does not change what He says. Woman are designed to be helpers of man, to be a suitable companion, an equal.
How has this scripture been taken out of context? Because there were some men in the past who read this and believed that they were to control women; because somehow, women are viewed as the weaker gender even though we were also responsible for taking care of Eden. Now, because of this history, women today aim to be their own boss and rule over men which is not what we should do either.
In this passage, God is telling Eve that she will now develop a tendency to want to overrule her husband. That her desire will now be to dominate her husband and as a result her husband will now behave as a tyrant in her eyes. That because of the sin committed, each of them will now strive for control of the household instead of wanting the best for each other.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself. Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of the others.Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV
How can we be redeemed from this mentality of wanting to be better and live life as recommended in Philippians? Through mutual respect and humility, something that can only truly happen through Jesus Christ. Through the renewing of our mind daily with the Word of God. By placing God first in our lives and focusing on our relationship with Jesus, then everything else will follow.
Remember: God created man and woman to be equal partners; neither is better than the other; both received the exact same commands and instructions: be fruitful and multiple. Both were tasked to take care of the Garden of Eden. Adam was created first and then God brought Eve to him.
Man are the head of the household yes, but woman are called to come alongside him, not beneath him, but next to him. Both man and woman are of equal standard in God’s eye and it’s time we the church behave as such so that the world may see and reflect, because we will only change the world when we become true depictions of Christ Jesus, for it is not we that will change it, but God working through us.
To Adam He said, “because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “you must not eat from it,’ ‘cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat fruit from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you will return.Genesis 3:17-19 NIV
To be honest I almost didn’t post this verse because I felt like I was contradicting myself with the above section, but all this verse affirms is that Adam too is to be regarded as part of the cause of sin. A lot of people I’ve had conversations with argue that if Adam hadn’t eaten the fruit God probably would’ve created a new Eve. Maybe… but Adam did eat. I believe we should stop focusing on the what if’s and concentrate on what did happen.
So just as we woman can blame Eve for the hard labor of childbirth, we can point to Adam for the toil we must face with working.
However, we must remember that work in itself is part of the ‘very good’ creation. The curse on the ground simply means that the work is now painful and tiresome toil instead of pure satisfaction. That is why those who do the work of the Lord are always satisfied because work was meant to be gratifying. It is when what you do is not what God has for you that work becomes tiresome. When what you do advances the Kingdom of God, it means that you will have desire to get up every morning and go to work; it means that you will actually enjoy what you do because God will fill you up with joy and peace. It doesn’t mean you won’t grow physically tire at some points but that would most likely be because you overextended yourself; remember, God rested on the seventh day.
Thank you for reading.
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