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For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Gen 3:5-7)
There are several issues brought to the forefront in the above passage, some of which I would like to consider today. Before considering the man topic of this story, there's one other that should be noted:
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Gen 3:16)
The other day I saw a cartoon that set me to thinking. The drawing depicted a woman laughing historically after reading in the Bible the above passage. The idea of a woman being subject to a man, especially in today's society, is looked upon as inappropriate, as well as without reason. And certainly there are women who can, and do, make better decisions than a man, some men in particular.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Gen 2:18)
Our natural assumption might be that when Eve was created she was to be subject to her husband from the beginning. We might find that this is not so. We don't tell someone to do something that they are already doing. God said Eve is so be subject to the man. This tells me that he was not head of the family from the beginning.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Gen 2:23)
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Eph 5:29)
Adam surely cherished this creature that was taken from his flesh, to the point of placing her above even the One who created the both of them. We have this to add to such an assumption:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Gen 2:24)
Two things we might note in this verse. First, we see that Adam (who is speaking here) says the man will leave his father and mother. Adam had no mother, but Who was his Father that he, Adam, is to leave?
The second thing to note is that Adam was to cleave (“follow close, hard after”) his wife, that is, to hang on to her and go where she goes. His wife already committed herself for destruction. so what is the natural thing for Adam to do but follow her?
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) (1Tim 3:4-5)
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1Cor 11:3)
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:24)
The above passages seem to say that the man is to be the boss of the woman, and there are those men who take this part of the Bible seriously, without considering the rest of the instructions:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Eph 5:25)
The man is to follow the example Jesus set, where He sacrificed Himself for the wife (the Church) He loves. This is part of the responsibility that comes with the authority he has been given as ruler of the family.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1Tim 2:14)
If what I'm seeing in the above Scripture is correct, it would help to explain why Adam gave in to eating the apple without even a word of protest.
If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, …..... But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her. Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. (Num 30:2-13)
The man is to be protection for the woman. If a woman has a man who is not one to stand up for her and take the bullet as they say, then she can find herself in deep trouble. A proper relationship between a man and woman can be protection for both of them.
Keep in mind that what we read in the Bible, both Old Testament and New, are pictures of what Jesus is to the Church.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, (Gen 3:5-7)
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Mat 4:3-4)
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. (Rom 15:1-2)
Eve knew what the words from God were, but her eyes took her into what she perceived as good things for her, things that would satisfy her flesh. Her choice was to follow the things of the flesh rather than those of the Spirit.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Gal 5:17)
If we feed the flesh, as Satan was trying to to tempt Jesus to do, then we lose out on the Spiritual rewards offered to us. The devil wasn't trying to convince Eve to do anything we might conceive as morally wrong, nor anything particularly unreasonable, any more than he was with Jesus. Just a step out of line, only a twitch toward the selfish, that's all the devil wants from any of us. As Paul might say, just enough to miss the mark of the high calling.
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. …..And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? (Luke 19:12-23)
The word occupy means “to busy oneself, to trade.” We know that it's to be busy about the Kingdom that God wants us to be, not just spending time on this earth waiting until we're taken off of it.
And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: (Luke 8:4)
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:26)
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (John 6:66-67)
up until fairly recently (in my time), there was little entertainment to be had. It was customary to bombard a visitor or a traveling salesman with questions regarding news about the world outside their restricted lives. Radio then took the place of the news carrier, something that the outlying farmers lacked. When a carnival or a small act came to town, people would flock to it, they desiring to see something different or interesting. It mattered little what it might be. A flea circus would be a pleasant relief. Today I hear people that are spending much time in front of the TV complain about how rotten the programs are anymore, yet their TV is still blaring its insanity day and night.
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. (Luke 23:8)
Herod, like the common people, saw Jesus as an entertainer. As long as He provided something that pleased their flesh, they would follow Him anywhere. But when He began to speak words they didn't like, they ran from Him like rabbits from a fox.
And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. (Mark 1:39)
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. (Titus 1:11)
We like a fanciful tale. Jesus spoke words that fed the Spirit, but confounded the flesh. Those who preach fairy tales can draw crowds to them, crowds of people who will willingly turn over their entrusrd talent to the entertainer.
And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2Sam 6:14)
Here we have a king who has probably the best reputation of any, dancing hysterically before the common people. His intent was not to entertain, either others or himself. He was showing his delight in the Lord, and because he had finally succeeded in bringing the symbol of God to the city where it belongs.
Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (Heb 2:12)
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Mat 6:7)
What Jesus says of those who pray, goes for those who sing as well I'm sure. How many people in the churches sing their heart out, but have no idea what the words they sing mean, nor are they singing to God, but to those in the congregation?
And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. (2Sam 6:5)
That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: (Dan 3:5)
God has given us music and the instruments to play that music in order to play to Him. But the world wants us to play for them, and to play what they desire us to play, and to dance to their tune.
If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. (1Cor 10:27)
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1Cor 5:8)
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: (1Cor 9:24-26)
It's not what we do that's important as much as is the reason for our doing it. Are we trying to please God by our actions? Or are we trying to please ourself or the world?
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: (John 12:37)
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Mat 24:24)
We're a generation that loves to entertain ourselves. A goodly part of our income is spent on ways to please our flesh. Little thought is given to the poor, or to those suffering for the cause of Christ. It's out belly, and our eyes we seek to keep happy.
It might be said that we are the ones who hid our talent in a napkin, or buried it in the earth, rather than invested it in the cause of the Kingdom.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Mat 25:41-45)
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