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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 15 (Definitions)
Now to the "female."
As we said, "female" is cited 21 times in the O.T. Of the 21 times, 19 are the word "neqebah" (5347). This word is used when identifying the female creature of any species.
The 2 remaining terms are "ishshah" (802), both (again) found in Genesis 7:2. The purpose here, since both instances concern loading Noah’s ark, would seem to be to point out that a male and female are necessary to propagate a specie. And this was the purpose and plan of God for making the two different genders, Genesis 1:27-28 and Genesis 8:18 and 9:1. There is no indication, let alone release, by God allowing for the propagation of His world through the coupling of homosexual partners, nor is it naturally biologically possible.
Now as we move on and look at the word "woman," we find that "ishshah" is the predominate word used when identifying a "woman." Of the 255 times the word "woman" is used in the O.T., "ishshah" is used 214 times in a variety of situations, and all pointing to the subject being the human female gender. The 41 other times where "woman" is cited, is under the same rule above for "man," a compound word.
We will accept that at times there may appear to be some "gray areas" where these terms, man/male and woman/female, may be applied as either gender in the written text, but context will quickly erase that concept. When God is talking to or about a male it is clear. When God is talking to or about a woman, it is clear. When God is talking to or about mankind, it is clear. And at no time does God apply a leadership role to a woman over a man.
There will be those that will cite Zipporah (Moses wife, Exodus 4:25) or Deborah (the prophetess, Judges 4:14) or Queen Athaliah (2 Kings 11:1) and others as women directing or teaching men. We would submit this is neither the case nor the purpose. God is in play here. Men’s egos are being used against them. In each case, God is chastising the male for not assuming their God directed role in the family and the related situation, and in the world at large. God may "allowed" certain things, but He is no "fickle" in that He changes His mind back and forth. That's the way of man.
And, again, let’s remind each other and get this one thing straight before we go on. God never said men were smarter than women, better than women or more important than women. God said the male will be in the leadership role and will ultimately bear the responsibility for the actions of both when the male makes the decision.
And keep in mind, this "decision making process" eliminates the woman’s responsibility only if she is acting in accord with the man who is acting in accordance with God, and that is, the male must assume the leadership role in the family, Genesis 3:16. This very important verse in Genesis is a reminder that sin is an individual choice, by both man and woman, and that the individual person will be called to a reckoning based on their own personal decisions, Deuteronomy 24:16; Galatians 6:5-7. God made these declarations.
We can belabor this defining process more should we chose to do so, but it is quite clear in the O.T. that there were created two genders, Genesis 1:27; that they sinned and, as a result, the woman was put under the leadership of the man, Genesis 3:16.
Well now, the libertine says "We don’t live in those times." "There is a new covenant with God through Jesus Christ." "God has changed all of this." Again, we see the demonic work of the libertine. The last book of the Old Testament bears a record we cannot forget, Malachi 3:1-6;
(1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. (2) But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: (3) And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. (4) Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. (5) And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
(6) For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
The message was given many times before this that a new covenant would be put in place. This is the last reminder of it before Jesus Christ was born. The new covenant (New Testament) replaced Law with Grace, but at no time did it replace any command that God had given outside of those that were tied directly to a certain people, covenant and dispensation (time period). Wrong has been and always will be wrong. Punishment will always be exacted. God will always do as He says.
God does not "change" to fit into an enlightened society. But man will change "God" to fit his wants. Man and the world remain unchanged in attitude and depravity and will be until the second coming: Proverbs 14:12; John 1:5; Romans 1:21-25.