So I realized that I did this series out of order when I went back and looked at my announcement post of this series. Oh well! 😉 This is the last part of my Submission series. To see the other parts, see the bottom of this post where there are available links.
God created the family.
He created a man, named Adam, then a woman who Adam called Eve and then He blessed this man and this woman with children. (Genesis 2-4)
Question: Do you know who God sovereignly ordained to be the head of this household?
Answer: Adam. The man.
This family order was established by the God of the Bible from the very beginning. He leads the husband /father and the husband/father in turn is the leader, provider, and protector of his home.
Another Question: Do you know what role Eve was created for?
Answer: Then the LORD God said,…I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
Once again this family order was established by God from the BEGINNING. Eve, or woman was created to help. She was created to be “a helper fit for him.” “Him” being her husband Adam.
This brings us to the topic of this post. Submission to the head of the home. After the Fall in Genesis 3, God cursed the woman (Eve). Part of this curse was that “her desire would be for her husband.” (Genesis 3:16) This means Eve would have the sinful desire to oppose her husband and assert leadership over him. We are all born into sin, thus every female lives under this curse. Every female (little girl or grown woman, single or married) has the sinful desire to overthrow male authority.
But thank God for Jesus!
Because of his sacrifice on the cross, once we have repented of our sins we can accept his eternal gift of salvation. He also blesses us with the gift of the Holy Spirit. I mention this to say, by God’s Spirit we can turn from our sinful ways and strive to live God’s way. There are many scriptures in the New Testament that mandate women to submit to male authority. Here are a few:
- Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.(Ephesians 5:22)
- Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:24)
- Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. (Colossians 3:18)
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
(1 Timothy 2:11-13)
Why is this? The writers of (the Old) and New Testament were inspired by God and this same God knows what our spiritual struggles are. He knows we have a sinful desire to subvert the authority of men. Feminism is one of the sinful ways women try to defy male authority. It is defined as follows:
fem·i·nism (noun) -the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
Yes men and women are equal in the sight of God. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal.3:28) However, God made them different in many ways for a reason. In short men were made to lead, provide and protect. Women were made to help, nurture and instruct. CARM had this to say about gender roles and the “equality” of men and women:
When Genesis 1-3 are lined up next to Ephesians 5 we see that God’s word is not teaching that gender roles are a result of the fall, but rather they were His design from the beginning. Christ did not come to destroy gender distinctions but to repair them so that they might operate in such a way that shows His glory. Wives are to submit to their husbands rather than seeking control in the home and the church, and husbands are to love their wives, leading with grace and greater care for their wives than themselves. This was God’s intent from the beginning that was strained at the fall and was reconciled at the cross.
As I mentioned before this sinful desire is in every female. Which means in order for opposition to arise against a woman’s husband it had to first arise against the first male authority in her life. Her father. The Bible does not give the same type of commands for daughters towards their fathers as it does wives to their husbands. This does not mean however, that a father’s authority is to be undermined. Numbers 30 describes a father who has the right to nullify a vow or pledge his daughter makes and the Lord will forgive her.
If you are a Christian woman or girl, as I mentioned previously, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will strengthen us to fight against our flesh in these areas. “[We] can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens [us]. (Philippians 4:13)
That’s all I have, thanks for reading!
If you missed out on the other parts of this series check them out here: