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The beginning of your story is in Genesis. Mankind gets his start there, marriage starts there, and sin starts there. Genesis gives a view of how it all started. You will understand your significance as you move through Scripture comparing one passage with others. After the sin we read what God said in Genesis 3 16, 17: “And he said to the woman, ‘I will increase your trouble in pregnancy and your pain in giving birth. In spite of this, you will still have desire for your husband, yet you will be subject to him.’[King James says “he shall rule over you”] And he said to the man, ‘You listened to your wife and ate the fruit which I told you not to eat. Because of what you have done, the ground will be under a curse.’ “ (Good News Bible) He is going to have to work hard. She will have a desire for him while he will rule over her. Some men will abuse the position of responsibility and change it into a position of dictatorship. Many facets of women, and their right to grow in them, are dismissed by some husbands, Churches (Christianity) and men in leadership. Women are sometimes equated with rebellion or attempting to secure dominance. To some men, a woman who grows in her abilities is a threat.
Your life is a continuation of the story of Adam and Eve. True, when the man and woman disobeyed God he punished them but He did not take their dominion away, neither did he take their individuality away. Since God has given you a spirit, soul and body they are yours to develop and refine. Don’t give your individuality away: your perspective, what you believe in, your heart, your personality, your temperament and your abilities. They are gifts from your Creator to you, personally.
Girls, females, women, don’t give your distinctiveness away. At the sin in the garden God did not take it from you just as it was not taken from the man. God did not take dominion from the woman or the man when they disobeyed.
What God did was to give them each a handicap; their lives would now be much harder. To the man God said, “By the sweat of your face you will eat bread;” he would never get out of it: earning a living would be hard. To the woman God warned: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow…in sorrow you will bring forth children; and your desire will be to your husband, and he will rule (have power) over you.” Handle the rule, grow wise, grow whole, earn his respect, but don’t suppress your uniqueness. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5:23)
What do you think?
Can a woman abuse her position as a wife?
Can a woman abuse her position as a mother?
Can a woman abuse her position as a daughter?
Can a woman abuse her position as a sister?
Can you think of scriptures that balance out this blog?