Of Man and Woman
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“And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man. 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 2:20-23)
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (1Co 11:7-9)
The account of creation in Genesis has to be taken as real and true for the whole Biblical foundation rests on that, if taken as a myth then the whole Bible is but a fairy tale as heathens and some liberal ‘Christians’ claim today as a direct result of Evolution’s tenets. The coming of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross to atone the sins of His people (Mat 1:21) is all based on the first 3 chapters of Genesis and if these are not true then His sacrifice would be useless.
From the account in Genesis we see that the man was created first “For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” (1Ti 2:13) and woman after, as a kind of second thought for the need of the man: “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) From this we deduce that the woman exists only in function of the man.
The woman was extracted (in effect kind of cloned) from Adam. In the Bible’s translations the word used for the extracted part is “rib” or “side” but Adam said after God brought the woman to him: “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) Adam mentions “Bone and Flesh” which is more than a “rib”, so we can assume that God took more than the rib from Adam, nevertheless the principle stands that God extracted something intimate from Adam that was part of him and thus we can say that Eve is of the same essence of Adam and yet derived from him: “For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man”.
The Jews have an interesting interpretation on the creation of woman which cannot be strictly supported by the Bible but cannot definitely be denied for the creation of the woman is not detailed in particulars. This view considers that Adam (the first human being) was created androgynous, having both the male and female attributes in him.
God created the man in His image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. And God blessed them. (Gen 1:27-28)
[Quoting from: http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/jewish-view-on-gender-differences/
Why “them”? When this was before the creation of Eve!
The Jewish Oral Tradition provides us with a fascinating insight into this grammatical oddity. The first human, it tells us, was really an androgynous being, both male and female in one body, sophisticated and self-sufficient.
But if God had created such a complete human being why the later separation into two parts, into Adam and Eve?
The answer given is that God did not want this first human creation to be alone, for it would then possess an illusion of self-sufficiency. Note that there is no word for “independence” in classical Hebrew. (What we use now, atzma’ut, is of modern vintage.) The concept of independence doesn’t exist in Jewish tradition. Aside from God, nothing and no one is really independent. Since we are supposed to ingrain into ourselves that God is the source of everything, self-sufficiency would have been a spiritual defeat.
God wanted to fashion the human being into two separate people in order to create a healthy situation of dependence, yearning, and mutual giving. Human beings are not meant to be alone because then they would have no one to give to, no one to grow with, and nothing to strive for. To actualise oneself spiritually, a human being cannot be alone.]
This Jewish view would rationalise the “them” in Genesis chapter one, but cannot be supported by the Bible and so it must remain as an interesting interpretation. The fact remains that men and women are indeed of the same essence and being heirs together of the grace of life (1Pe 3:7); but made different with different and opposite complementary functions within a certain clear hierarchical order as God commands. Indeed it is plain for all to see that men and women have different and opposite natural characteristics, both in the physical and in personage, complementing each other and are a complete “one” flesh when put together as Adam testifies: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen 2:24) also confirmed by our Lord (Mat 19:5,6).
This order of creation has deep implication for it affects the whole relationship between man and woman according to God statute as spelled clearly in His Word:
“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.” (1Co 11:3)
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, for as much as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” (1Co 11:7)
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” (Eph 5:23-24)
The reason why this hierarchical divinely ordered order as establish by God is found here: “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1Ti 2:13-14)
This means that even if woman is of the same essence of man her status is always of submission to man and under his authority for she was created for the need of man and this is the reason for her existence. There is no such thing as woman ruling over man in the sovereign scheme of God for it was her that was made for man and not viceversa. This divine order is contrary to what we do these days in our democratic feministic society where women are appointed in droves to rule over men. Indeed God is excluded in democracy, the two are mutually exclusive. However since God is totally sovereign over all things, our democracy has only a few days left for nothing can set itself against God and get away with it: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head. That is, with a veil in public worship when he approaches God, or when in His name he addresses his fellow-men. It is not fit and proper that he should be covered. The reason why it is not proper, the Apostle states: “Forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God.” The phrase “the image of God” refers to the fact that man was made in the likeness of his Maker, (Gen 1:27) and proves that, though fallen, there is a sense in which he is still the image of God. It is not because man is holy or pure, and thus resembles his Creator; but it is because he was invested by his Maker with authority and dominion: he was superior to all other creatures, Gen 1:28. This is still retained; and this the Apostle refers to in the passage before us, and this he says should be recognised and regarded and accepted. If he wore a veil or turban, it would be a mark of servitude or inferiority. It was therefore improper that he should appear in this manner; but he should be so clad as not to obscure or hide the great truth that he was the direct representative of God on the earth, and had superiority and dominion over all other creatures, none excluded.
for as much as he is the image and glory of God. The word glory in the classic writers means: fame, reputation. Here it means, as it often does, splendour, brightness, or that which stands forth to represent God, or by which the glory of God is known. Man was created first; he had dominion given to him. By him, therefore, the Divine authority and wisdom first shone forth; and this fact should be recognised in the due subordination of rank, and even in the apparel and attire which shall be worn. The impression of his rank and superiority should be visible everywhere and retained for all times because God changes not and His statutes are valid forever “God changes not” (Mal 3:6) (Jam 1:7). But in our decadent society it is not so, rather the contrary; indeed Satan has had a great victory with his Democracy.
But the woman is the glory of the man. That is the honour, the ornament, etc of man. She was made for him; she was made after he was; she was taken from him, and was "bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh." All her comeliness, loveliness, and purity, are therefore an expression of his honour and dignity, since all that comeliness and loveliness were made of him and for him. This, therefore, ought to be acknowledged by a suitable manner of attire; and in his presence this sense of her inferiority of rank and subordination should be acknowledged by the customary use of the veil on the woman's head. She should appear with the symbol of modesty and subjection, which are implied by the head being covered. This sense is distinctly expressed in the the verse: “For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man”.
Moreover, it is to be observed, that it is in the presence and worship of God that the one is to be uncovered, and the other covered; the one being the glory of God, and therefore to be uncovered before Him and the other the glory of man and therefore to be covered before God; and especially since being first in the transgression, she who was firstly created as man’s glory has been the means of his shame and disgrace, and also the catalyst to bring us all in this valley of tears.
For the man is not of the woman, In the present state of things and according to the ordinary course of generations and propagation of mankind, man is born of the woman, though not without the means of man; he is conceived in her, borne by her, and born of her as an incubator. However, the Apostle respects the original formation of man, as he was immediately made by God out of the dust of the earth, well before the woman was in being, and so not of her but of God.
but the woman of the man; The woman was instead extracted out of the man, namely using his rib, (not formed from the dust) and took both her name and nature from him. God was the author of everything and man the essence of her being used by God to form her, she is owing to him. Therefore as he was first in being, he is superior to her, this serves to prove all that has been as yet said; as that man is the head of the woman, the woman is the glory of man, in which the man may glory in as being from him. Thus there should be this difference in their appearance both at public worship as in all aspects of life, for all generations. There has to be a clear difference between the man and the woman both in appearance as in occupation.
And the head of the woman is the man (1Co 11:3). The sense is that she is subordinate to him in all circumstances: in her demeanour, her dress, her conversation, in public life and in the family circle, and that her subordination to him must be recognized and respected. The man is called the head of the woman, because by God’s ordinance he is to rule over her, Gen 3:16; he has an excellency above the woman, and a power over her.
The Apostle grounds the subjection of woman to man in the order of creation. The man is first in order of being, was first formed, and the woman came out of him. She was made for him, not the man for the woman (bedsides her being the first in sin). Therefore the man must be head and chief; as he is also that with respect to his superior gifts and excellencies, as strength of body, and endowments of mind, whence the woman is called the weaker vessel (1Pe 3:7). Likewise with regard to pre-eminence or government, the man is the head; and as Christ is the head of the church, and the church is subject to Him, so the woman should be subject to him in everything: natural, civil, and religious.
Moreover, the man, as the head of the woman is to provide and care for her, to nourish and cherish her, and to protect and defend her against all insults and injuries.
But time will come (or is already here) when this order of sexes that God has established for humanity to observe for all times will be overturned; and the man will be subject to the woman. Then woe to that society for its demise will be/is very near.