First, let's finally put to rest that the woman was not the reason for the fall of man. I recall blaming Eve for the cramps I endured every month. I was a child and my information was in error.
Let it be known, man was created first. He was given a job to do. God brought things to man, Adam, to be named (Genesis 2:19-20 AMP). The woman wasn't named until after the fall (Genesis 3:20 AMP). That is one act of disobedience from the man. God told Adam to protect the garden. The woman was having a conversation with the serpent. The serpent had a name; therefore, Adam saw the serpent before. The serpent did not speak to Adam. In speaking to the woman only was rude and a violation. This was not being protected. That's the second act of disobedience before the fall of man. God told Adam not to touch the tree of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17 AMP). I would speculate for one not to touch it, there had to be some distance from it so not even the slightest mistake could occur. Therefore, the woman (still not named) had to walk towards the tree (still conversing with the serpent) to pick the fruit. Adam stood right there with her (Genesis 3:6 KJV). He didn't stop her. In the discussion with the serpent, we can read what the woman understood as a directive not to do (Genesis 3:1-5 AMP). She didn't say that she is a god made in the image of the Creator. She didn't say that she has dominion over all of the earth. She didn't put the snake in his place being made higher then him. Did she know? What she heard Adam say when she was presented to him was "bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. The two have become one." When she took the fruit from the tree, nothing happened. When she ate it - nothing happened. When she gave it to Adam, who still did nothing to stop her, he ate it too. Then something happened. God came. God came when Adam ate the fruit of the tree, yet the blaming started with Adam. He blamed the woman (not named). The woman, made from Adam, blamed the serpent. The serpent had no one else to blame because he got what he wanted. God punished Adam, the woman, and the serpent for these acts (Genesis 3:14-19 AMP). Why would man still be punishing women in ministry? Does he not see the truth of the matter or does he have something to fear in women?
The reason I ask this question is when women get quizzical, the men stop talking. Is that good? Adam stopped talking too. When has it been where men spoke up to make the necessary changes? I recall in the first 3 chapters of Esther how King Ahasuerus spoke up after having one of his wine feast celebrations. He was the only one drinking when he summoned for his queen (Esther 1:7-8 AMP). She decided not to come. The princes (men) spoke up and caused the king to divorce the queen. This purpose was to keep the women of the village in their place so they won't decide to be as bold as the queen (Esther 1:17-18 AMP). The king signed such the decree not seeing how he was being coaxed by those who awaited to be king themselves. (Esther 1:20-22 AMP)
Men also spoke up in Ruth after God told the tribes of Israel to stay in their land (Exodus 34:11-16 AMP, Deuteronomy 7:1-4 AMP). Elimelech, Naomi and their two sons decided to go to Moab in the time of famine. The sons married Moabite women and all 3 of the men died (Ruth 1:1-5 AMP). The consequence of an entire family was a direct result of one man's decision.
God told Jonah to go into Ninevah to preach to the people. He decided not to and while on the boat, there was trouble for him and the other passengers. Those steering the boat knew they didn't have any trouble before Jonah got on. So he was ejected. While alone he was swallowed up by a whale. The consequence was a direct result of one man's decision. A woman did not tell King Ahasuerus, Elimelech, or Jonah what to do. Why is the blame game still being played today? It makes no sense. The only way man will think differently is through maturity in Christ. This will require change.
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