I am a help meet for my own husband.
You see that sentence up there, it is the very reason many men and even women see a woman as second-class human being.
Before you say, but God made man first, hold on, let me show you something.
I love the way NLT puts it; “So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female he created them.” (Note my emphasis)
God’s masterpiece of human creation was a complete package, a male and female. This even applies to animals.
The woman already existed from the very beginning man was formed. A spirit being. God only needed to bring her into physical existence when he saw that it is not good for a man to be alone.
If the woman was not already in existence, God would have need to breathe into her again, for her to have life, the God kind of life. Because we (humans) are the only ones of all God’s creation made in His own image. Gen 2:7
God made man, and a woman is a full man with different physical attributes. We have our strength just as the men have theirs.
Now, hope you know there is no gender difference in the spirit. I will come back to this.
Let’s return to the subject of this post.
A woman is a help meet for her own husband. Not to everyman in the street.
Please read that again, not a helpmate. A help meet (suitable) for her own husband.
She is to submit to her own husband, not just anybody who thinks himself a man.
If you are a Christian woman as I am. You won’t find this difficult, it is God’s command and delight. As a matter of fact, I long for it, to submit completely to my own husband.
And I believe it is a good thing that the Lord has done for us and for the man, no wonder Proverbs says, he that finds a wife, finds a good thing.
That instruction is also to maintain order in the family and the body of Christ. For as the man is the head of his wife, so is Christ the head of the man. (This could also mean, if Christ is not your head, then you shouldn’t be looking for a woman to head over).
A woman who is unmarried only has Christ to submit to as the head of the church. Same thing applies to the man. With both gender, the woman and the man having equal rights and authority to everything God has made.
Let me quickly say this: Even as a husband and wife, the woman as a human being is still not less than the man. They both remain equal as two human entities and are instructed to love one another as brethren. But the man has complete authority over his wife as her husband and her head. And she willingly submits to his authority.
This is the law of marriage. A beautiful one at that.
But it is not the law of life.
The principles of marriage are not the principals that govern general life. Or should we begin to submit in everything to just about any man? Do you know what that means? Absolute chaos! Little wonder there are no marriages in heaven.
This brings us back to the man and woman being the same spirit with equal rights to life.
When God gave that command to rule and dominate the earth, he gave it to both the woman and the man. Gen 1:28 “And God bless them, and God said to them…”
The Bible didn’t say and God bless man. “Them” implies more than one, a man and a woman. God gave the mandate of dominion over the earth to both the woman and the man.
Back to the issue of marriage, why do you think there is no marrying and giving out in marriage at the resurrection?
Everyone, at this time, obviously will answer directly to Christ. There will be no husband and wife, we will all be like the angels in heaven. All under the authority of God.
Someone would say, but the Bible calls the woman a weaker vessel. Does that not make her less of a human being?
Should I answer this or I should make it a full blog post?
Alright, let me try to summarize;
First, weaker vessel is not synonymous to lesser or inferior vessel.
Check the very next sentence, according to NLT, “She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life”
Second, I wonder why you have to keep stressing that point when the facts are glaring. Isn’t the man physically stronger than the woman? Just as the woman is physically more beautiful than the man!
Should we then say we are superior creations because we are more beautiful?
Before you say some men are more beautiful than some women, hope you know some women can lift some men up with one arm?
Our different physical attributes clearly show God’s awesomeness and creativity. It does not in any way make one gender superior or inferior to the other.
A woman is equal to a man.
And a wife submits only to her own husband.
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