June 08, 2020
God Told The Woman (Eve)
Genesis 3:16 (KJB) 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.
Take a look at other Bible versions such as ASV, NKJV, NIV, and so forth to read this Old Testament verse. Undoubtedly you will find that different versions are missing essential words that God saw fit to include in this verse.
Take some time to ponder God’s projected context of these words: thy desire, as is recorded in the King James Version shown above. Please note that His divine wording, and thus what He used to imply His meaning, is altered in many modern Bible versions. By altering words, the purpose of this scripture is changed to reflect what the world wants us, and especially women to believe, rather than what God intends.
I hope you understand God Himself gave us, men and women, every word recorded in this verse. Not only that, but He directed these words to be recorded for our study, to point to our need for salvation, and for the direction and including activities of daily living (yes, God cares about every little thing) and continual spiritual health for every future generation.
These inspired words, given to women by the inspiration of God, were meant to be taken to heart and to direct the hearts and desires of women, then and now. God made it clear what the ramifications concerning Eve’s sin would be a spiritual lesson from God for women. This lesson still applies today.
Indeed, God brought about exactly what He promised concerning the multiplication of pain and sorrow with childbirth. Moving on to ponder what this verse has to say about a woman’s desire is to be for her husband and for him to rule over her. These statements most often present a spiritual quandary, or a difficulty for any modern thinking women today to accept and adopt. Many women today are brainwashed to stand dead set against the leading of their husbands and for him to provide a biblical-based foundation for their home through following the direction and desires given by God. Today, even women who profess to know Christ and sit on church pews every week stumble at these truths from God’s Word.
The truth is that godly leading by a man is never lording over, but a united front together in submission against wickedness at work in this world. It is combing both the best interests of the man and his wife, who are standing in agreement with God.
Sadly, there is much agonizing and confusion concerning the God-given roles of both men and women. In the next devotion following this, we are going to look at the tasks God gave Adam and which apply to all men. You see, God is not just one-sided and has it out for diminishing the place and power of women. He gave both men and women expectations to follow in pleasing and honoring Him and when this is first, then all other things will fall into the right place.
God made it clear in this verse that the presence of sin coming in this world wounds and alters the relationship between humanity and God and relations between women, men, and God. As long as this world remains standing, sin will always serve to separate, while serving God will always lead to uniting women and men, to each other in marriage, and especially together unto serving and savoring God.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.