Equality…or Equity? Part 5a

This is called,”Part 5a”, since it is really a continuation of Part 5.

manwomansilOnce again, we see further evidence that woman was not created as man’s second fiddle.  We also see that Adam and Eve were not cursed but faced consequences for their rebellious actions.  Furthermore, it is to be understood that the larger weight of the blame was upon Adam, who was nearby while Eve was being deceived.  The only one cursed was the serpent, who would have gotten his simply because he showed up to deceive.  Yes, Eve answered the temptation, but if Adam had stepped in, much trouble may have been avoided.

Mike Willingham has been showing us, using Hebrew definitions, how woman was made for man as an equitable partner, not as a subordinate.  He further showed that no curse was placed upon Adam or Eve, but only upon the serpent and the ground upon which Adam would work by “the sweat of his brow”.  We also saw the evidence being presented in articles by Skip Moen and Lois Tverberg.

Some would accuse Mike and me of heresy.  But, we are presenting scriptural evidence.  The evidence we are presenting will show that there really is no scriptural basis for women being second class, subordinate or even…silent.

Our goal…our desire…is that women would find liberty.  We also would like to see men look at their position differently, that they are not “in charge” of women, which would hopefully inspire repentance, as well as free some men, as this is a task that God did not intend.  The task He gave was for men to love, protect and provide.

Now, we will further establish that God did NOT curse Adam or Eve.  Then, right at the end of Genesis 3:16, “And he will rule over you.”  This is said right in the midst of all this alleged cursing.  Were they cursed?  No.  Consequences of their actions?Yes.  Would Adam rule over Eve, thus setting a pattern for men to rule over women?  No…that has been misinterpreted for so long, it is time to put it to rest.

Again, my friend Mike shares his Hebrew studies on this long-held doctrine.  This is another long one, but take the time to read and gather the information.  There is some review of previous information and a whole lot of other information which will fill in some of the blanks.  We both wanted to make sure that the information is clear, so as to be sure that it is accurate according to scripture.  Remember…this is what God told Moses to write down.

The Garden: The Fall Revisited: Truth and Consequences
Time to set matters straight

      In the past several articles I have been trying to build a case as well as bring new light to the inequity and inequality of women vs men and the church. By using the original Hebrew I went back to the beginning of Creation to paint a picture, to see the story of this distant past much differently than you or I have ever heard it. It’s not a secret. It’s not like this is some mystery that was hidden and so I am not presenting to you some kind of secret knowledge or esoteric revelation! It was there all along. We all have just sat and listened and swallowed whatever we were taught in Sunday school and with open ears assumed everything the preacher said was truth. And so then we accepted these long practiced erroneous attitudes, accepted the restrictions and actually helped promulgate this overall oafish and overbearing male centric theology that truly is without any basis on any biblical truths.

     Its time to get real serious here! In this segment we are still in the Garden. I have covered in detail using the Hebrew the story of man and woman’s creation. I have shown you that much has been missed and withheld as well as misquoted and mistranslated from the scriptures either by accident or design. Me? I’m going with design. Man’s design. So in this installment we are going to examine the fall very carefully and reveal the truth and dispel the fallacies and set to right what our true heritage God has for us and from whence came the source of these attitudes and where they really stem from.

      Let’s do a quick review with scripture so we can examine a couple of things like a detective. I do not at this point need to do much Hebrew since I set things up in the creation to give you a reference when you need it. I want to take us to the place of the Fall and what really happened here. Lets recap.

     Man was put into the garden and God told man that every tree he could eat freely, but the tree of knowledge of good and evil he shall not eat for on the day he eats of it he would surely die.  Now did God need to explain Himself as to what that means? Surely die? Well it sure looks to me that Adam understood or rather didn’t ask any questions. So a missed moment has been revealed here. Adam was told he would surely die if he ate the fruit. What is die? And, what does surely mean? Really there is a lot of latitude for interpretation as to what God meant. God gave man freedom and explained the parameters of his environment. God was not playing games with Adam. He gave him knowledge freely. But Adam did not ask anything. A generous God who gave him the whole garden to live and consume, and he didn’t feel that God would not answer any questions? Here is the first place we see a problem or a potential pattern. Adam heard God say what he said and did not think to go to God to get any more elaborations. So apparently Adam was cool with it and understood it completely? Lets move on.

       Adam was given this edict before woman was made. So, Adam now had this command from God in his head and we are sure he is ruminating like crazy the concepts God has given him. But lets make one thing clear here. God first told Adam he could freely eat of everything in the garden. Except that one thing. That was a tree that had a name. The Tree of KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL. Clear warning to steer away from there. But now something happens. Immediately after the God gave that command we read in the scriptures God stating that it was not good for him to be alone. Could it be since Adam did not ask any questions that the danger had presented itself and God saw that things were not complete? Apparently so for God now stated He would create the Help Meet or the Ezer Kenegdo for Adam as discussed in part four. So here we are: In the Garden, and the next things happens. God put Adam to sleep and Woman was made and immediately after that when she is presented to Adam, our boy here gives a pronouncement to God and woman. “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman (Ishshah) because she was taken out of Man (Ish). Keep this scripture handy as well as the name of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This is vitally important because it relates fully to what goes on next. We also read which is also important the last thing about them was that they were both naked and were not ashamed. Hold that thought too!

    Now we do not know the time duration Man and Woman spent in the Garden before we introduce the next player in this story. I believe it was a considerable amount because the conversation I am going to show next would only happen if there was a reasonable amount of time given to have certain thoughts gain hold.

     In chapter 3, we are introduced to the serpent. He is described as more cunning than any beast of the field that the Lord made.  Man and Woman roamed around this beautiful garden together eating fruit and tilling (which was not work at the time), keeping the garden and living the idyllic life. They had plenty. They had it all, until the serpent decided to strike up a conversation with the woman. Now, we know Adam was with her because of the whole context of the scripture. This is vitally important. Remember the poetic announcement man made to woman and so on and so forth. So its quite conceivable that Adam and Woman were probably inseparable. But, one day they are walking around and suddenly the serpent strikes up a conversation with Woman. This creature, out of the blue, begins a repartee in a strange way. It starts the conversation with a statement/question mix that is most cunning to say the least. Actually it was more rhetorical, so we can conclude it was not just the question itself, but the Voice of the serpent we need to include as well. I’m not reaching here. The question in itself was very rhetorical, so how would it engender any response unless it is framed and spoken with cunning and framed to illicit an emotion or, at the very least, a thought. What emotion or thought? Lets read on.  So the serpent says…

“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” Clever serpent. Real clever! So we have some things here that we can comment on. First an animal strikes up a conversation. That didn’t seem to be a problem with Woman, so apparently the animals in the garden were talking. But this animal had something to say. This creature had a point to make with God’s creation.

So the question was asked. The woman’s response is where we start in this word game that is being played. Remember all this time Adam is with her.  Woman responds with…

“And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it lest you die.'”

So lets review Woman’s response. First, the woman felt the need to answer this creature back. Already, doubt existed. She felt she had to explain what God said to a fellow creature whom obviously knew what God said, too?  Next, She just used the term “the tree”. That tree had a name but she did not speak that important piece of information. And so the last thing is she added a command to what God said by saying that they would not to even touch it as well eat it. And she said lest you die. God said that on the day Adam eats of it he would surely die. Subtle difference but very important all the same. So its very clear why the serpent first started a conversation with Woman, and did it with a rhetorical statement/question. So where do you think all this skewed information came from?  I do not think you need look any further than over to who is next to the woman. (Gen. 3:6b, “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it.”)

Yeah. Adam is standing there. He is standing there listening to Woman talking and relating to the serpent this answer that is skewed and missing vital and accurate information. Now you see why the serpent spoke to her. It was of course expecting this. The serpent wouldn’t have struck the conversation with Adam. Why?  Adam knew everything of what God said. But, it is painfully apparent that Adam had not thoroughly conveyed to the woman the information God said to him. So, the cunning serpent was acting upon knowledge that was skewed and missing. Woman did not tell the serpent what the tree was called and that then said it was not to be touched as well as eaten. So the serpent was now armed to continue his next repartee.

“And the serpent said to the woman (with Adam next to her) “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”   Here is  an outright lie hidden in a statement to illicit a response. But, it is more than that. The Devil was cast out of heaven for rebellion against the Lord. The famous Five I wills! The final I will was that the devil said I will become like the most high! So using the serpent the enemy was wanting to get man to do what he tried to do and so prove to God man was like he was. The big difference here of course is that the devil had no tempter! Think about that.

      The serpent presented its argument as if God was holding out something from them! The two had all of that plenty in the garden, but the enemy hit upon their hidden dissatisfaction, which his last statement created. What we have next is what I call the leading to destruction part. It didn’t convey that they were standing at the tree of knowledge of good or evil. Woman already had the fear to be even near it from what she was told by Adam. So the serpent led them to the tree. So now Woman and Adam are getting a good look at the tree. Now, my next observation is this:  Since the serpent was spouting off how much it knew about this tree, why did Woman ask the serpent why it didn’t eat it too? If the serpent was telling the truth than it would have eaten it for itself and extol the virtues of eating it. This, right here, should have been the big danger signal. This should have been the red light. Someone telling you that something is good and not bad and yet had not tried it themselves is an obvious sign of deceit. But that question went unasked because of what we see next.

“So when the women saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her and he ate.”

Swallowed; hook, line and sinker. Now notice that only when both had eaten that what happens next…

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened; and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

   All of this buildup from the serpent of what they were missing from the garden, that this tree would supply them with knowledge of good and evil and they would be like God. There it was, in their souls a feeling like God had held out something from them. God didn’t want them to have something that would be great. Knowledge. Lets stop here. The tree was called: “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”. Not the tree of Wisdom! Woman saw the fruit as something to make one wise. Wise? Now where did that desire or observation come from? Wisdom and knowledge are not the same.  This tree looked like it was desirable to make one wise. Or in the vernacular, the tree looked like it would be a source for wisdom.  So, when they ate, Adam and the woman did indeed have their eyes opened. And at the same time! How? Why? And what knowledge did they receive. They received the knowledge the tree could only supply.

   The knowledge they got was perception. Their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked, and that they were ashamed. Their eyes were opened, they saw what they truly were and then their perception was shame. All of this enticement and wordplay and they got knowledge they were naked. And not just naked, but having eyes opened their bodies now changed. A rapid series of events were acting upon them. After they are now swimming in the emotion of shame, a new emotion emerged for the first time as well that came through loud and clear.

Fear.

   Fear that drove them to grab fig leaves and sew them together as covering. Now would you think they could truly believe that God would not notice, or did they have already a answer like, “Hey God look what we created. We thought this salad dressing would be all the rage!” Their nakedness was deeper than skin. Their souls were naked. Sin had bared their souls and all for the knowledge that they were truly naked. Now all of this has to do with perception and choices. There was nothing wrong with being naked. This is a fact. In truth there is nothing inherently wrong with nudity. But it was when their eyes were opened that their perception of their nakedness was something they chose. Which then led to fear which was a root of their perception or realization that they had truly done wrong.

In order to examine this sudden change in Adam and Woman after eating the fruit let us examine this Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I’m going to once again do some brief Hebrew so you understand more deeply.

Lets look at a few words. Wise, knowledge, good, and evil. Woman saw the tree desirable to make one wise and this was the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Get ready for some surprises once again! I am going to examine each one.

Observe.

Wise: שָׂכַל sakal {saw-kal’}A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or actcircumspect and hence intelligent:

Look at the Hebrew letters from right to left:

שׂ Shin: One of the meanings of the word shin in Hebrew is shinui, “change.” The coal symbolizes changeless essence, the secret of the verse: “I am God, I have not changed,” meaning that relative to God’s Essence absolutely no change has occurred from before Creation to after Creation. The inner flame is the paradoxical latent presence of the power of change within the changeless. The outer flame of the shin is continuously in a state of motion and change.

 כ Kof: Palm. It looks like a hand cupped like it was going forward to bless

 ל Lamed: To goad to knowledge.

So run together we get the picture of wise as the essence of God’ hand like to bless with the goad to knowledge.

Next Word:

Knowledge: דַּעַת da`ath {dah’-ath} concern(1), know(3), knowledge(81), premeditation(2), skill(1), truth.

The Hebrew letters:

 דּ Dalet (Door)

 עַ Ayin (Eyes, to see and by extension, to understand and obey. Ayin represents the primeval light, that is the spiritual light of God.

The allegory of this letter: Ayin is sometimes described as having two eyes that connect to a common “optic nerve that leads to the brain. The two eyes represent choice or the actions of the will (i.e the heart). We can choose the good eye or the bad eye. For example, we can choose to see a glass half empty or a glass half full. Its choosing to perceive the state of things around you!

  ת Tav (Cross)

Run this together we see knowledge is “The door brings us to the choice between both good with the end being the cross!

Now here is where it gets more interesting.

Good: בוֹט  towb {tobe} good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the goodgoods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well):—beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, X fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).

The Hebrew Letters:

 ט Tet: This is a paradoxical letter in that it reveals both good and evil. The form of the letter is inverted suggesting hidden goodness, like that of a woman who is pregnant. However sometimes the potential for goodness is perverted, and impurity or filth results.

וֹ Vav: Nail

ב    : Bet: Bet is the second letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. It’s a pictograph of a house. But it is a very important letter. Even though it’s the second letter of the alphabet it appears as the first letter of the book of Genesis. It literally reveals the son of God. The word for create is bara and the word for son is bar. So if you separate the bar from the aleph you get the son of the father!

So its easy to see that the goodness of God and the Son is revealed in the word “good” but that the paradox exists for that knowledge to be seen and useful or the seeing is perverted and skewed!

 Next word

Evil: רָע ra` {rah} bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun:—adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing), + exceedingly, X great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief, (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome, + not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st) wretchedness, wrong. [Including feminine ra’ah; as adjective or noun.]

Lets look at the letters:

רָ : Resh (head) The letter RESH holds the value of two hundred in the numerological calculations of the Hebrew alphabet. It is symbolic of wickedness as well as higher consciousness.

The letter RESH alludes to the word ‘rosh’ (head). The head is the most significant of all the parts of the body. It is the source of intellect, reason and wisdom.

 ע : Ayin (Eyes, to see and by extension, to understand and obey. Ayin represents the primeval light, that is the spiritual light of God.

The allegory of this letter: Ayin is sometimes described as having two eyes that connect to a common “optic nerve” that leads to the brain. The two eyes represent choice or the actions of the will (I.e the heart). We can choose the good eye or the bad eye. For example, we can choose to see a glass half empty or a glass half full. Its choosing to perceive the state of things around you!

So now lets consider. This tree was one of pure perception. The Revelation of choice! They got from the tree the knowledge of good and evil. They got the power to choose or perceive good or evil as they see it! There was no sin or wrongness in the garden. Even the serpent in its wordplay knew it was on thin ice, but it was so far not doing anything wrong but having a conversation. But it was presenting doubt to them. This doubt had to have hit Adam so hard he did nothing to stop Woman from eating. There is the crux of the whole matter. After explaining this tree, their doubts incited by the serpent and the eating, we find the shining star of revelation here.

   Adam did not stop this at any time! Adam listened and knew what God REALLY said and he knew what he had told Woman. There was a contrast. There was no agreement of information. There was no ONENESS here! But they were one. So it is clear that in their oneness that it took both to eat in order for the sin to completely reveal itself in them both. How? Both of their eyes were opened at the same time.

   So, they had shame, they had fear. Both alien emotions in the garden. They were laid bare and sought to cover themselves or rather get right their own way by covering themselves. This is self covering or self righteousness. Another transgression being committed here. It is evident that the one act is releasing a string of transgression now. And then they hid themselves among the trees when they heard the sound of God walking in the garden.

   God knew this. It was immediately after they sewed the fig leaves together and hid themselves that they heard God walking in the garden.

   And God reached out to them.

   Lets make something clear. God knows all – correct? And, God appeared because He knew what happened. Yet He reached out to them even as Adam and Woman hid themselves. We already see the pattern of the Grace of God here. So lets get on with the rest of the story. Called out to Adam and asked where was he. Adam called out (not woman) I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and hid myself. Score a good one for Adam. He told the truth. Now God answers. “Who told you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded that you should not eat? So God answered back to Adams telling Him he was afraid because he was naked and hid himself. God immediately gave two revelations. One is He knew somebody didn’t tell them they were naked. It was a rhetorical question. But God knew someone was responsible for their knowledge. And He also equated their knowledge of their nakedness to the eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God knew that the eating would produce this result. This perception. This reaction. So God’s questions were not for His lack of knowledge, but for the purpose of reaching out and drawing His creation out so He could deal with them. Now if God who knew everything was set on the course to punish them, then they would have been smouldering carbon chunks instantly. And this saying in church tbat God cannot look upon sin is a false one because Adam and Woman do come out in His presence. They sinned and yet they did not burn up! We seeing Grace still happening here?

Well what happens next rings down the annuls of time. Adam throws Woman under a bus. Remember he said she was the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh. Adam answers God.

And the man said “The woman who you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat. Well Adam did confess he ate, but prefaced with a finger pointing. I could almost hear God sigh. So God now went to the woman to hear her side.

“And God said to the woman. ‘What is it you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.'”

Notice, in this sentence, God treated woman differently. God did not remind her of the command He gave Adam? He only asked her what happened.  Remember, God only told Adam of the edict of this tree. And God did not remind Woman of the command He made to Adam. So, woman answered God and she did tell the truth! She did point fingers. The serpent struck a conversation with her and deceived her and she ate. Now God is reaching and striking up a conversation with her to get to the bottom of things. Well now, once it was revealed who was the central figure, God went to the serpent. Notice now that no questions were asked here. No conversation or looking for more clarification. Woman spoke the truth. And God answered by laying on The Curse.

 3:14 And Yähwè יָהוֶה ´Élöhîm אֱלֹהִים said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

3:15 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.

 Well, I don’t think much more needs to be explained here except this. God did not engage the serpent like He is doing with Adam and woman. The serpent is never asked anything. God immediately addresses the serpent with the Curse. Okay. Serpent gets cursed. Hold that in place.

Now God goes back to deal with the other two. and who does he go to? Well it looks like reverse order. He goes to woman. Then He goes to Adam last.

You will see as I break this down that Adam gets the lion’s share of the consequences. Did I say consequences? Yes that is what I said. God does not declare curses on Adam or woman, but consequences. You see God bring to woman consequences. These consequences were already occurring in their bodies and mind. God wasn’t meting out punishments, but as you read and see it broken down we actually see mercy and hope being played out by God. And I do not have to break this down in Hebrew to show you. It is vividly clear.

So to the woman:

 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over you.

   Its time to get some things straight here! God had made woman, Adam had declared her to be, “bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh”, so technically they were now married. But nothing else concerning the accouterments that go along with being a married couple had happened yet! Nor were they defined. Now I said earlier that the consequences of their actions were already acting upon their bodies. Death was acting. Not immediate but a breaking down and a weakening process. Looking at this scripture broken down, we see that God is declaring her sorrow in conception and childbirth would be greatly multiplied. Thus, deeming multiplying something that was going to happen anyway. What was that? Childbirth. Well that takes conception. Conception takes desire.  God tells woman that her “desire will be toward her husband”.  So, God set up with their oneness a basis for intimacy.  In the Hebrew, the word desire actually means, “longing toward”. This would create a bond, wouldn’t it?  I am sure there was wonderment on this childbirth thing already with woman. But, since He declared her longing would be to her husband, that part will take care itself.

Now the next part of this word God is delivering to woman is the single point of failure of men. It’s the most misunderstood, most abused and misguided statement! In actuality this statement was for woman’s benefit: Ready? This is THE STATEMENT that has given men license to justify them to do whatever they want because it is “biblical”. Wrong men!

So lets get this one cleared up once and for all.

 Ladies – feel free to applaud, for there is truth and glad tidings.

Gentlemen – just sit and listen, for there is hope and glad tidings as well!

 OBSERVE:

 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over you.

      Lets get the full context here. This was told to woman. Here is woman who has been told she will have pain in childbirth and she will have desire toward her husband. But, would she be left out in the cold?  Would Adam just be a person who will let go through childbirth through whatever that process is and she would be alone?

Look at that last line again.

He shall rule over you. Here is the misconception in a nutshell.  She wasn’t being told he was going to be a RULER over her. She was told he was going to rule over her. Lets define something here. Ruler is One who is an Authority with vast and with king-like powers. Rule is a CHARGE. It is a sweeping responsibility in full measure. It is a accountability direct to the Lord over your care and loving service toward your wife and family. It’s chief of security. It’s the chief cook and bottle washer. It’s wearing many, many hats. In this full context it was told to woman and not Adam because this would be a blessing as well as one of comfort. Adam was going to be the one who would take charge not BE IN CHARGE of her world. He would lay hold of things, to be there for her and exemplify the loving care of the Father by his actions. She would be his Ezer Kenegdo, she would be his helper opposite, comparable to him. To be his equal and opposite, to be his adversary when it warrants and be his encouragement as well. But he would be the person who would sacrifice all in all of her areas of life in order for her to be taken care of. Adam had given her the blame for his woes and now he would have to take care of her woes with total intensity, total energy, total commitment and total tenacity! That’s simply what rule means here. This statement was now designed to be that finishing comfort to woman that this man, this Adam would have her back. He would only and I mean only regard her world as the most important! He would not have authority. He and his wife would walk side by side. He would not be a boss. They would walk side by side. No. Rule is over things not people. Rule over her would be a charge of fealty, respect and promise that he would give his last ounce of strength to her, his last ounce of will, his last breath. His life for her! His rule would be to sacrifice!

This was supposed to be a pattern and a model of Christ and the Church!

For her!

In the rules of management, you manage things but you lead people!

Do I need to explain that any more?

Looking at this, you don’t see a curse but actually God working to create something that would be a pattern. A pattern later would be called The Church.

 Now lets look at Adam.

3:17 And unto ´Äðäm אָדָם 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;

3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

3:19 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.

 Adam had, as we saw in earlier verses, taken woman as his wife and called her bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh and she was called woman for she was taken out of man. That bond was established. But, that bond was broken due to Adam’s failure to protect or stop the serpent from plying its lies. We have seen woman receive what God said and we have finally defined what all that meant. It was not a curse, but God intervening to save His creation.

Now we see Adam. Adam was in trouble or, rather, he was receiving this word from God because he hearkened or listened to his wife. That was not the sin. There is no sin of listening. It was that he stood there and listened and did nothing. Then, he ate. So the bond they shared, like I discussed earlier, meant they had a shared experience of what the fruit did from the tree. So God now is giving Adam a consequence as well. Believe it or not, it is actually  a blessing and not a curse. God did relay a curse – it was God who cursed the ground for Adam’s sake. Doing something for someone’s sake is a term of benefit, not harm. The ground was cursed. So God showed Adam his life would be toil and work and sweat and struggle. And like woman he would have sorrow. That word sorrow here is the word עִצָּבוֹן `itstsabown which is similar to woman’s sorrow עֶצֶב `etseb {eh’-tseb} which both have the same basic meaning: (pain, hurt, toil, sorrow, labour, hardship).

But you see here that Adam has woman and he heard what God told her. So, what was to her benefit, was to his benefit. And, like woman, he had a companion who would share with him his sorrows. And it with that pronouncement that Adam whom I feel has now seeing things clear and sees how his wife is to him is inspired to declare a blessing on her as follows in the next verse.

3:20 And ´Äðäm אָדָם called his wife’s name Çawwà חַוָּה; because she was the mother of all living. A beautiful name and also a heralding honorarium to all women of all time! See the meaning below.

Çawwà חַוָּה (Meaning Life giver and Eve)

And then God does the next act of mercy.

 3:22 ¶ And Yähwè יָהוֶה ´Élöhîm אֱלֹהִים said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

 3:23 Therefore Yähwè יָהוֶה ´Élöhîm אֱלֹהִים sent him forth from the garden of `Ëðen עֵדֶן, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of `Ëðen עֵדֶן Cæruvîm כְּרֻבִים, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 Man is driven out of Eden. Adam and Eve are now out in the wild. But they have each other, and as you have read above, there was no place God had placed Adam above Eve or vice versa. He presented a husband and wife. This is now a united front, and a herald as well as the pattern for the coming Christ. The rest of the Bible is totally saturated with God’s regard for women as well as unfortunately man’s regard for women. But as you see it was not to be that way.

Adam and Eve, The Ezer Kenegdo, would now live outside in the wild. But God had not forsaken them!

That is the point isn’t it? To learn who we truly are, to get back the Equity. To restore the truth, and let us see each other in our uniqueness and our gifts and callings. God did not intend on the male-centric attitudes but He is changing hearts and minds

Shalom and Raphah!

– Michael Willingham

See?

  • Woman was not created as man’s silent servant
  • Adam and Eve were not cursed, nor is mankind as a result of their transgression.
  • Eve was not the one to blame, only Adam was.

Our desire is that this clears up much of what has been taught over the years about women, the alleged curse and who was most to blame.  Men, we must move on from being “in charge” and start to seek and embrace the charge we are given.  Women, you are not created to be less than what God has called you to be.

In a day or two, I will post Part 6 of this series, where I share a few thoughts and a couple of links that have further information, showing how women are more in the Church than what the Church has been teaching and embracing for many centuries.

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: