Woman: Man's Equal
Lesson # 21

Woman was made for man. I know. I know. It's an antiquated statement. Especially for us Westerners. I would like to say that woman is superior to man and that God made us better ... but that would be a lie. 

God doesn't make mistakes. And He made us equal. 

God could just as easily have used fresh clay to make a new creature. He could have used half of Adam's brain or part of his skull, or piece of his spine or a toe to make woman. But He didn't. He used a rib. And I know we've heard it before, but until we start getting it, like really getting it, it's worth saying again: 

God wanted the woman to be fitted into that slot right under the man's arm so that when she rests her head down, she lays on his heart. 

Both man and woman were given authority over the earth (Genesis 1:27-28). That was God's plan. Male and female were to take care of the earth together.

So What Messed Up the Plan?

Sin. As punishment for having sinned God put man over woman (Genesis 3:16). Did that mean that man is to mistreat woman? No! Does that mean that the woman is somewhat inferior to the man? No. All it means is that there is an organizational chart:

Both are subject to the authority and leadership of God. Both sinned and received grace. Both are being made over into His image moment by moment, day by day.

Yes, the man has authority over the woman. But what that means is that the man needs to be a good decision-maker for his household. He needs to lead with wisdom, love and courage. His wife is to follow with obedience and wisdom and love.

A woman is to submit herself to her husband in everything (Ephesians 5:22-23). But it doesn't end there. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Can you think of greater love than that?

If husbands were loving as Christ intends, would there be any debate about who was the head of whom? I don't think so. I think if a man was loving his wife unto death, as Christ loves us, women would have no problem submitting. You tell me.

Let's Pray

Lord, this world makes it seem as though woman being subject to man is a dirty thing. We know that's not true because anything that comes from You is right and perfect. Lord, help us to live as You intended: men loving as Christ did and women submitting as Christ did until You come to restore balance. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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