In my post In the beginning–the garden, I discussed the deception of Eve and how this created a power struggle between man and woman. Because of Eve’s desires not being toward her husband, i.e., that she be under his dominion, God made her subject to her husband’s rulership. She had to let him lead and protect her and willingly yield herself to him in all things.
However, if one reads the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say, you can see that God gave a promise that the woman’s seed would crush the serpent:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
God was essentially promising the woman that she would have justice, that her offspring would hate the serpent, and that eventually of her would come the one who would bruise Satan’s head, that is Christ. He did not give this promise to the man, which is interesting because ancestry in the Bible is always patrilineal, that is, traced through the man and not the woman. However, Adam does call his wife Eve, because she is the mother of all living.
Women in the Old Testament had a very limited role, but there are occasionally women of significance: Sarah, the wife of Abraham, whose name means “princess” and who was called by God “a mother of nations”, Miriam, the prophetess, who had a role as sort of a worship leader, Deborah, the judge who went out to battle with Barak, Jael, the heroine who kills the enemy Captain Sisera, Ruth, the virtuous daughter-in-law, Esther, the Queen, Bathsheba, yes, Bathsheba who aided her son in becoming king, Huldah the prophetess. The Proverbs 31 woman is an example of the truly virtuous woman.
In the New Testament, there are many virtuous women: Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary and Martha, other followers of Jesus, the four virgin daughters of Philip who are prophetesses, Lydia, and other women who helped to build the church.
God loves women and placed them under men for their protection, not because they are any more evil than men are. It’s pretty clear from evil that men transgress as much as women do. The point is, we have all sinned, we all need the Spirit of Christ to keep ourselves under subjection.
Righteous men should call women to holiness and protect them from deception. They are to lead them spiritually and set an example of Christian behavior. Submission is not license to abuse and God commands men to love their wives with selfless, willing, affectionate love and high esteem.
God promises that the woman will find redemption through Him, through the holiness and love He calls us all to.
Pamela Parizo © 2017