So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:27 & 31
How many of you know God is not a man? It took both male and female to represent the nature of God. If you oppress women, you lose half of the nature of God. One over the other would give you a skewed image of God.
Fast-forward to chapter two where the most beautiful creature ever made, up until God made humans, talks Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of death.
V.17 for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
This makes me wonder… Why did God even put two trees in the garden? If He doesn’t want me to eat of the second tree, then why plant it? The questions stems back to, Why is there sin in the world? Why do people kill? If God is Love, why are women abused? If God really is good, then why do these things happen?
I want to throw it out there… that people do terrible things because God loves us. Maybe I should explain… I propose that it’s because God loves us and wants us to be like Him so that we too can love. You see, love requires free choice. Let me say it like this. In order for me to have a choice to serve God, I have to have a choice not to serve God. This is free will.
The reason people murder people is not because God wants to but because man wants to and God gave man a free will.
God could have created us like the birds, with instincts to migrate south for the winter. He could have put instinct in us to serve Him, but then we wouldn’t be able to serve Him through love. God gives us free will to choose because love requires free will. Therefore, God gave us free will.
Back to the Garden, in chapter three Lucifer tells Eve if she will eat the forbidden fruit she will “be like God”. How many of you know Genesis one comes before Genesis three? God already created them in His image. They already were in the image of God. The devil told them they had to do something to be like God. That’s his age-old scheme that we have to do something to please God. He wanted them to believe that they had to get something through performance that they already had through creation. It’s called the curse.
How many of you know it’s one thing to work for love, it’s another thing to work from love?
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they didn’t just disobey God. They obeyed the devil. They changed gods. Eve eats of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and gives it to Adam and he eats. God comes to the garden but they hide. Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent and God curses the serpent to crawl on his belly from that day forward. Then God said to Eve, “You will have increased pain in childbirth and your desire will be for your husband but he will rule you.”
We all know that woman was made from man’s rib, not his head or his feet but from his side to stand beside him.
- But wait; wasn’t Eve made to be Adam’s helper?
Yes. The word “helper” was used three times for Eve and sixteen times for God. Eve wasn’t a slave but a helper, like God helped Adam.
- Can we conclude that the woman was powerful?
Who did Lucifer go to?
- Well, could we argue that it was because he thought she would be easily deceived?
Not really. Who did the man listen to?
- And did you notice that before the curse, woman was not under man. She was under her husband as a result of the curse. God said your desire will be for your husband and he will rule you. Man didn’t rule woman in the curse, husband ruled wife.
And Jesus came to set us free from the curse.
- I propose that she was equally powerful but distinctly different.
I like being a woman! Not because we are the weaker but because we are strong. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy having my husband open the door for me. It makes me feel loved and cherished.
We can multitask, we are wives, moms, nurses, chauffeur, we can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. (some of you younger gals may not remember that perfume commercial.) I also love being treated like a precious prize by my husband. And I’ve always said that my most important job is being a mom.
I’m glad God made me a woman.
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.