Male and Female

God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them (Gen. 1:27).
Men and women are different, which means women will be better suited for certain roles, and men will be better suited for other roles. This is a logical deduction. Because we live in hypersensitive culture, I will point out that better does not mean superior in terms of worth.

God designed men and women to reflect His image, not by making them the same, but by making them different. Flattening the differences between men and women deprives us of the rich diversity that results because of these differences, and ultimately distorts the image of God.

Man was created by God from dust and put in the "garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Gen. 2:15)." Woman was created by God from man to be "a helper fit for him (Gen. 2:18)." Eve was deceived by the serpent and ate of the fruit of the tree that was in the middle of the garden. She gave the fruit to Adam who was with her, and he also ate. Although it is tempting to speculate as to what all of this means, it is best to stick to what the Bible says. The order of creation is significant because it shows "the head of a wife is her husband (1 Cor. 11:4)." Even though both sinned in eating the fruit, it was Adam who was held responsible (Rom. 5:12-14, Gen. 3:9).  However, it seems that only Eve was deceived, because it says, "Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor (1 Tim. 2:14)." It is not clear why Adam ate of the fruit if he was not deceived, but at the very least it shows that it was in part because of Eve's influence. Instead of Eve being a helper she became a hindrance.

God makes it clear that women and men have different roles in His Creation. It is easy to think that these differences are insignificant and outdated, but there must have been a reason for God creating us this way. The majority of our learning about what God is like is done in our relationships. In fact, it would be hard to even imagine what it would mean to have a relationship with God, if we didn't have relationships with each other. The relationship between men and women, specifically in marriage, demonstrates the relationship between Christ and His Church.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-33).
If men and women fail to live according to the roles that God has clearly communicated to us, it distorts the image of God.  Since knowing God is eternal life (John 17:3), we should be very concerned about this distortion especially since it is reflection of what our relationship with Jesus will actually be like. Our culture has a tendency to profane everything, but there some things that sacred just because of what they represent. The image of God is sacred.


Popular posts from this blog

Qualifications for Elders

Godly Desires

Learn Unsatisfaction in 10-Minutes a Day