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Nurturing the Nations Nurturing the Nations Reclaiming the Dignity of Women in Building Healthy Cultures Genesis 3: The Distortion in Being and Function
Part 4 THE TRANSFORMING STORY 12 The Big Story 13 Genesis 1: Equal in Being 14 Genesis 2: Corresponding in Function 15 Genesis 3: The Distortion 16 Sexism and the Spirit of Baal 17 The Coming of the Bridegroom 18 The Bride of Christ 19 The Wedding of the Lamb 20 The Reign of Women: Nurturers of Nations
Outline Introduction The Temptation and the Human’s Response: Genesis 3:1-7 God’s Confrontation and the Human’s Response; Genesis 3:8-13 The Fall and the Corruption of Authority
The fall brought a distortion in the human understanding of being and function.
Breaking the Primary Relationship Between God and Mankind Set # 1 –Genesis 6:5-6 –Romans 1:21-23 –Romans 3:23 Set # 2 –Isaiah 44:9-20 –Habakkuk 2:18-20
All the Secondary Relationships Are Broken They no longer knew who they were individually and intrinsically. They no longer knew who they were in relationship to one another, as male and female. They no longer knew what their purpose was and their relationship to the rest of creation.
Exchange in Social Patterns FROM – Trinitarian Order: Unity of Being & Diversity of Function TO – Atomism – Absolute Diversity – Sexism TO – Monism – Absolute Unity – Radical Feminism
The Temptation and the Human’s Response Read Genesis 3:1-7 Questions: –What did Satan do? –What was the man’s response? –How did the woman respond? –Who is ultimately responsible for the decision? –What were the immediate consequences?
The Rebellion Against God Is a rebellion against His order Leads to the creation of dis-order – a counterfeit order
Who is responsible for the fall? Set # 1: Genesis 3:9 Questions: –Who did God call to account? –Why did he call this person to account? Set # 2: Romans 5:12,14,17-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21 - 22 Questions: –Who does God say is responsible for the fall? –Who is not responsible? Why?
Adam, NOT Eve, is responsible for the Fall Adam was called to account: “But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Adam is representative mankind: “… death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, …. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man ….”
The Representative Man Adam was not only the first man, He was also the representative man – the head mankind Similarly, Eve the representative woman – the mother of all the living Jesus is the Second Adam – the 2 nd representative man
The Bible lays the primary responsibility for the introduction of sin into the world, not at the feet of Eve, but at the feet of the Man.
The Curses The first is on Satan – Genesis 3:14-15a The second is on the ground – Genesis 3:17b Note that neither Adam nor Eve is cursed
The Hope for the Future “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
The Impact of the Curse While the man and the woman were not cursed, each was subject to the effects of the curse There is symmetry in the realm of labor: –The man in the field – Genesis 3:17b-19 –The woman in childbirth – Genesis 3:16a
To the Woman “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children….” (Genesis 3:16a)
To the Man “ … through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:17b-19)
The Perversion of Male – Female Relationship Genesis 3:16b “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
Your desire Hebrew t^eshuwqah: “longing,” “desire,” or “craving”: –of man for woman –of woman for man –of beast to devour Used three times in O.T. –Genesis 3:16; 4:7; So 7:10
1 st Interpretation The woman grovels before her husband, she is utterly dependent upon him: “The man’s fallen propensity to dominate the woman, seems compulsively matched by the woman’s fallen destructive ‘desire’ for the man – for securing relationships, even unhealthy ones, no matter what the cost.” Psychologist Mary Stewart Van-Leeuwen
2 nd Interpretation The woman’s usurping her husband’s authority There is a parallel phraseology between Genesis 3:16 and 4:7 Gen. 4:7 “… sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it” As sin desires to devour Cain so Eve desires to dominate her husband. Cain must resist sin’s domination and so Eve must resist her desire to dominate her husband.
He will Rule Hebrew mashal: rule, reign, dominion, governor Used 81 times in the O.T.
Description not Prescription Description: What IS – the way things are! Prescription: What OUGHT to be The woman’s desire and the man’s rule is a description of what is, not what ought to be What ought to be is loving-serving- headship and loving-respectful helping!
The Consequences of the Fall! The fall did not destroy the created order, it distorted it! It distorted the Trinitarian Order and replaced it with: –An Atomism Order – Sexism – male tyrannical rule and female subservience –A Monism Order – Radical Feminism – hostile and aggressive against any male authority
Summary “Sin has corrupted both the willing submission of the wife and the loving headship of the husband. And so, the rule of love founded in paradise is replaced by struggle, tyranny, domination, and manipulation.” Theologian Susan T. Foh