Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.–Genesis 2:24
As humans, we do not like to be held accountable. When we do wrong, and we must face our wrong, we often tend to blame others. Well, if this person had done this, I would not have done wrong. Good leaders are accountable for what people under them do. Whatver one has to say about Richard Nixon, he took the blame for what those under him had done, and accepted that if they failed, it was a failure in his leadership.
God created man and gave him dominion over His creation. He made him the leader of all things. He put him in the Garden and gave him the duties of dressing it and keeping it. Notice one other thing: God gave Adam the commandment that he could eat of any fruit of the Garden except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God gave him this commandment before woman was created. As the lord of God’s creation, Adam had a responsibility to convey this commandment to his wife. We do not see that God repeated this commandment to the woman.
In Genesis 3, the serpent beguiles Eve, and Eve adds to the commandment the phrase “neither shall you touch it”. So Eve was deceived, and she added to the commandment. When Adam and Eve are discovered by God to have sinned, Adam blames Eve for tempting him. Adam said, “the woman which thou gave me” and elaborates that Eve gave him the fruit and that’s why he sinned. Eve repeats this by blaming the serpent. There is Adam’s tone a semblance of blaming God…you gave me this woman, and that’s why I messed up.
After hearing the facts, God brings judgment on all. He cursed the serpent, but he also promised that because the serpent caused the woman to sin, he would create hatred between the woman and the serpent, and that eventually, her seed would conquer the serpent. This is a foreshadowing of the eventual redemption of man through Jesus Christ, and it is a promise to the woman that out of her will come the one that is to rule over all kingdoms.
God told Eve that because of her sin, she would have sorrow in childbirth, that she would struggle also with a desire to rule over her husband, but that he would rule over her (see the account of Cain and Abel which uses similar language).
God then turns to Adam. Adam’s sin was failed leadership (he listened to his wife), he disobeyed God and he did so willfully, knowing the commandment. Because of this, the ground is cursed, Adam would eat its fruit in sorrow, he would have to labor for it, and because of him, death came upon all creation (see Romans 5:12-17; 1 Corinthians 15:21).
God created the hierarchy of the family, and the husband has a responsibility to lead the wife spiritually. To not do so, leaves her vulnerable and unprotected. Adam was supposed to cleave to his wife, and they should’ve been together in keeping the garden and dressing it. While man wanted to blame woman for his sin and some continue to do so, accountability and responsibility begin at the top. God held man accountable because he failed to lead. Women are responsible for their own sins, but not for their husband’s. It’s not that God hates women, or sees women as the source of all sinfulness. Indeed, death came upon man because of his sin, not hers. Men are accountable for their own sins.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. It tells us that we all need salvation through Jesus Christ. We cannot blame others for our own sins. David said, the root of the matter is within me. He didn’t blame Bathsheba for his sinfulness.
So, if we are to blame the original sins for societal ills, we must blame 1)the failed leadership of man and his lack of self-control, and 2)the feministic desire to control man. We see that men and women must face their own failures. Man must submit himself to Christ in order to acquire godly leadership and dominion over himself and creation, and woman must submit herself to man through Christ, glorifying the man and herself. She becomes a glorious wife through submitting herself to godly rulership. But all of this can only be achieved through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, through agape love (see Ephesians 5) which is the bond of perfectness.
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