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1 The Gospel and Mens and Womens Roles AACF May 4, 2011

2 Two Foundational Truths About Mens and Womens Roles God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27)

3 As Christianity spread throughout the world, its redemptive effects elevated women and set them free in many ways. The Christian ethic declared equal worth and value for both men and women. Husbands were commanded to love their wives and not exasperate their children. These principles were in direct conflict with the Roman institution of patria potestas, which gave absolute power of life and death over a mans family, including his wife. When patria potestas was finally repealed by an emperor who was moved by high biblical standards, what a tremendous effect that had on the culture! Women were also granted basically the same control over their property as men, and, for the first time, mothers were allowed to be guardians of their children.

4 The biblical view of husbands and wives as equal partners caused a sea change in marriage as well. Christian women started marrying later, and they married men of their own choosing. This eroded the ancient practice of men marrying child brides against their will, often as young as eleven or twelve years old. The greater marital freedom that Christianity gave women eventually gained wide appeal. Today, a Western woman is not compelled to marry someone she does not want, nor can she legally be married as a child bride. But the practice continues in parts of the world where Christianity has little or no presence.

5 Another effect of the salt and light of Christianity was its impact on the common practice of polygamy, which demeans women. Two more cruel practices were abolished as Christianity gained influence. In some cultures, such as India, widows were burned alive on their husbands funeral pyres. In China, the crippling practice of foot binding was intended to make women totter on their pointed, slender feet in a seductive manner. It was finally outlawed only about a hundred years ago.

6 As a result of Jesus Christ and His teachings, women in much of the world today, especially in the West, enjoy more privileges and rights than at any other time in history. It takes only a cursory trip to an Arab nation or to a Third World country to see how little freedom women have in countries where Christianity has had little or no presence. Its the best thing that ever happened to women. -Sue Bohland

7 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes

8 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15)

9 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5)

10 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15)

11 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23)

12 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a)

13 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23)

14 The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved. -Matthew Henry

15 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23) Mans purpose: To be a leader (3:1-7)

16 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23) Mans purpose: To be a leader (3:1-7) The fall occurred when Satan disregarded the man (v. 1)

17 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23) Mans purpose: To be a leader (3:1-7) The fall occurred when Satan disregarded the man (v. 1) The fall occurred when woman played the role of the leader (vv. 2-6b)

18 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23) Mans purpose: To be a leader (3:1-7) The fall occurred when Satan disregarded the man (v. 1) The fall occurred when woman played the role of the leader (vv. 2-6b) The fall occurred when the woman taught the man (v. 6b)

19 God made man and woman equal in value (1:26-27) God made man and woman for different purposes Mans purpose: To work (2:5-8; 15) Problem: no one to work the ground (v. 5) Solution: man is to work the ground (vv. 6-8; 15) Womans purpose: To be a helper to her husband (2:18-23) Problem: it is not good for man to be alone (v. 18a) Solution: woman is to be mans suitable helper (vv. 18b-23) Mans purpose: To be a leader (3:1-7) The fall occurred when Satan disregarded the man (v. 1) The fall occurred when woman played the role of the leader (vv. 2-6b) The fall occurred when the woman taught the man (v. 6b) The fall occurred when the man was passive. (v. 6b)


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