In my previous article I discussed the position of women according to the Word of God in terms of her being commanded to be in subjection and in obedience to man, and how for many, in their sinful minds, they see this command as being oppressive and chauvinistic. But when we bring the man into the equation and the responsibilities put on him by the Creator because of his sin, is it being looked at with the same lens by our dear sisters? Let’s have a quick look:
“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; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 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.” Genesis 3:17-19
Do we notice that there is something missing here? It is always implied that the man was given the responsibility to take care of the woman and provide for her because she was told that he would have the rule over her. If this is the case, then the difficulty that man would face on earth would bring the necessity for competition with other men, and a constant wrestling with the earth itself to acquire the resources for food, clothing and shelter, and God is going to ensure that the earth isn’t going to just be compliant in the endeavors of man, hence the thorns and thistles.
In the New Testament, Paul says whichever man among us in the church who isn’t willing to work doesn’t eat. It is also said that man is to cherish the woman and care for her as he does his own body, and to be willing to lay down his life for her as Christ did for the church. I understand that the woman has a great plate in front of her to digest, but so does the man and if the men and women who serve God together understand this better, then our marriages will be more fulfilling because the man is always looking at the position of his woman according to God’s Word, and so is she toward him according to God’s Word.
If we can stop characterizing our individual plights as us being from two separate planets (Venus and Mars) and realize that we are from one planet, and that we both share one half of a task and a condition put on us by God because of sin, then maybe, just maybe we’ll realize how much more one we are than separate.