Sep 22

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The importance of “God’s woman” in the nature of the family and the church is hard to overlook; yet this importance in some areas is overlooked and in other areas is exaggerated. Just how this deserves attention as we study the apostle Paul’s words on the subject is easy to see. Keep in mind, Paul is not writing about his opinion, or from his own mind but he is guided by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, what Paul writes is the truth, the answer to many questions, and is the final word on the subject.
That Paul’s words do not fit into the “modern” thoughts and teachings of the “modern” woman and man, should not be a surprise to anyone who holds the word of God as sacred and not to be trampled upon! That “modern” men/women have views that go against the inspired word of God is no surprise either, as there is really no difference through the ages! Let us look at the first woman and see what she did. First, that the woman, Eve, understood what the commandment of God was is very clear as it was revealed. Here is what she said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Gen. 3:2-3). So, why did she eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” The answer to this question is most clearly revealed as Moses wrote: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat” (verse 6). But, this is not all she did! No, she as Moses wrote: “gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” This article is not a treatise on the actions of Eve, nor is it a dissertation on the subject, of either the sins which Adam and Eve commented in this event. It is simply to notice that the “wisdom” of the woman is no better, nor is worse than that of mankind today. However, this event has a direct relationship on the future place of the woman as it sets forth in the relationship of the man and the woman! Not that it is a new relationship, as God said of the woman in the first place in the following: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). The woman, yes, God’s woman, was made, as Moses wrote when he used the Hebrew word, “neged,” of which Strong gives, “part opposite; specifically a counterpart.” We have more than likely heard, the old saying, “Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.” (Matthew Henry). This, of course, is not inspired but holds much truth. At least it may be said, if men and women would hold it near their heart, the world would be a better place.
Now notice that the apostle reaches all the way back to the beginning to reveal the place of the man and woman; first, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” And 2) “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1 Tim. 2:12-14). To some these words are read as one might watch a horror movie; they are nevertheless, the truth! The woman and the modern man desire that the roles of man and woman be equal in all areas, but this is just not how God made them! To be co-equal would result in a total war between man and woman! As in, who will get their way today? God’s woman in marriage is set forth by the apostle in these words: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:23-25). In the relationship between the husband and the wife, the inspired word of God does not reveal equals in regard as to who is “the head” in the marriage!
Turning our attention to Paul’s words to Titus about what the “older women” were to do, he wrote: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5). That the home, the family, is the foundation of civil society should not even be the subject of debate, but for some years, part of America, has been dedicated to its destruction. Therefore, God’s woman, both the older woman who has lived it and now in teaching it to the “younger women” as God has instructed her to do; both must arise and devote themselves to be what God desires of them!
There is much power in “God’s woman,” as she is to reveal to the “younger women” her righteousness and as the “young women” teach it to their children! It was God who created the family, the first institution, as he brought the woman to the man!

Frank R. Williams

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