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Man, the Male Leadership Role as Directed by God - Part 3
God had appointed man, that is mankind, both Adam and Eve, as the administrators of His physical world, Genesis 1:28, and He did not revoke this position. But He did set the punishment for their sins and add new commands. Though the two would continue have dominion over the physical world, they would pay a price for their sins. The penalty was pronounced in the order of their transgressions.
The woman would suffer for her sin for the duration of time. She would suffer with pain of child birth. But not just the pain of birth. She would also suffer the worrisomeness of motherhood. In addition to these, she was placed under the “rule” of her husband. All of these are found in Genesis 3:16.
And God admonished Adam for sin as well, Genesis 3:17. He was cursed to toil and sweat “all the days of thy life” under a great and unforgiving taskmaster, the world. Unfortunately this verse and meaning extends to Adam’s offspring, Romans 5:12. This means Adam’s offspring, mankind of today’s world and future generations, are under that same curse.
Note: God put the male in the position of leadership, specifically over the woman; “he (husband) shall rule over thee.” One either agrees with the Bible or not. There is no way one can construe Genesis 3:17 to mean “for a short time” in order to fit present day humanism in the church.
Now the woman, representative of all women for the life of this world, was put under subjection to the man. But Genesis 3:15 tells us the woman (wife) would bring forth the savior who would repair all relationships.
God appointed woman to bring forth the the administrator of eternity, Genesis 3:15.
The man is responsible for earthly things as long as the present Earth shall last, Genesis 3:19.
But the woman is designated to be the vessel of eternal salvation and eternity, Genesis 3:15. What greater honor could a woman be given.
God will clarify the woman’s role in salvation in later books of the Bible, but He never revoked this repositioning. Until the end of time here on Earth, these will not change.
Now let’s look a little closer at leadership. Our study is, as the title indicates, the male leadership in God’s world. There must be leadership in any endeavor. That is the nucleus of corporate structure. Without structure, we have chaos. Without controlling directives, we have anarchy. Without God, we have confusion.
And let’s not lose sight of the basics. From the beginning, as now, God has never said that the male is superior to the female or vice versa. God set an equality when He put all things concerning our world into effect. We have looked at this equality of Genesis 2:24 where He says they are “one.” But He did create the man first. Was there an “implied” leadership of Adam prior to the fall? And if so, was it as a “ruler,” an administrator or as a “model to follow.” It appears it was the last.
Again we have to deal with time. For a short while, the man, Adam, was the lone administrator of God’s world. God gave him a certain directive regarding the Garden, “keep it,” Genesis 2:14. The full definition of this would include watch care of the “tree of forbidden fruit.” In other words, when Eve approached the fruit, he should have stepped in and said something, maybe not a command as a leader, but as a repeat of God’s command. The answer to Cain’s lament of Genesis 4:9 is “Yes, we are our brother’s keeper” in certain situations. The word “keeper” used by Cain is the same word as God used in Genesis 2:14 when commanding Adam to “keep” His Garden.
Today we have no authority to direct or command another in the spiritual issues of life. We do have a responsibility to warn others in times of peril, Galatians 6:2, in order that they do not have to “bear his own burden” of poor choices, Galatians 6:5.
In the physical realm we can warn and even restraint a person from walking in front of a car. But in the spiritual realm, we can only warn others as to the perils of unbelief, we can’t make them accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. And so it was with Adam.
Adam had time prior to the incident to warn Eve regarding the forbidden tree. When we read the dialogue between Eve and the serpent, it is apparent that he did fulfil part of this duty in relating God’s words to Eve. But he did not do a complete job in “keeping” the Garden. He did not “keep” the forbidden tree by stopping Eve, even though he was there the whole time, Genesis 3:6.
In reading what we have of the conversation between Eve and the serpent, Adam had a moment to warn or even restrain Eve in her choice at the moment of decision. He did not. And even if we hem-and-haw about having that time, we can be certain he knew better than to eat the fruit himself.
In doing nothing at the time, and then eating of the fruit himself, he did not follow the directives of God; 1) keep the Garden which in entailed following God’s plan and 2) warning or restraining Eve from eating which was part of the first issue.
There are two types of sin; that of omission and that of commision. Adam managed to violate both in Genesis 3:6. Our world is the result.
And one last comment about the “time in the Garden.” Remember, we believe time did not start for our world until the fruit was eaten. We also believe Adam and Eve were not created at the same time.
Note Genesis 1:27 indicates God made them “both.” But when we read Genesis 2:18-22, it is apparent that Adam was alone for some time, again how long no one knows. To better understand this, God explains it all in 25 verses of Genesis 2.
Genesis 2 is an expansion of three verses, Genesis 1:27-29.
When the woman was created, God gave the two, Adam and Eve, equal dominion, but God had given commands to Adam before the creation of Eve, Genesis 2:15-17. And though it does not appear prior to Genesis 3:16, Adam had certain individual obligations which God may not have given directly to Eve. This brings us back to “keep” and “keeping.”
Adam’s obligations in keeping the Garden included restricting others (and there was only Eve) from unwittingly violating the Garden and, thereby, violating God’s directive. Adam failed, doubly as indicated above.
Last, for this part of our study, let’s take a quick moment on the questions “who sinned” or “who sinned first.”
As to the first part, both sinned. There is no doubt. Both sinned, then compounded it by trying to shift the blame. Initially neither took responsibility for their actions. Eve blamed the serpent, but Adam blamed God, Genesis 3:12-13. These are the two excuses today.
As to who sinned first, we have to consider a few things.
If Adam had the obligation to warn Eve and did not, he was the first sinner. If the obligation was not there, then we might assume God talked to Eve and she went against God and was the first sinner. However, the Bible clarifies the issue.
Romans 5:12-14 addresses the issue. The word “man” in verse 12 may identify male or female, as it’s meaning is “human being.” However, God’s word makes it clear who was the first transgressor with a finalizing statement in verse 14, “Adam’s transgression. . .”
We should also note in this verse a subliminal statement. The devil did not make him (them) do it. Sin entered the world by the “choice” of a man. Satan may tempt, cajole, coax, etc., but he is powerless to force a man to do anything. Man must choose, and does.
God admonished Adam, Genesis 3:17 for following the woman’s “voice” rather than the Word of God. It would seem there was a type of leadership implied in the words of God. Maybe not a leadership by command, but a leadership by example.
Adam did not (fully) administer the role appointed him which resulted in “sin” on the part of the woman. Then he doubled his sin by eating also.
God has set the standard and ordained the man to the position of leadership. Some may not agree; some may not like it; some may choose to go against it, but none may correctly change what God has ordained.