Friday, June 25, 2010

Man's Curse

To the woman he said,
"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you."
To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'
"Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.

It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return."

The second part of Eve's curse is the interesting part. There are many things that happened when God cursed Adam and Eve: thistles and weeds grew, Eve had pain in childbirth, Adam had to do hard labor to get food, and they were going to both die, but it is interesting to note that in verse sixteen God is talking about a power struggle within there marriage. Eve would desire to rule over Adam. Isn't it interesting how women have sought to rule and dominate over men since that day. They do this without realizing that God put Eve and every woman in a place to protect her.

God gives the reason for man's curse, "Because you listened to your wife and ate..." Eve stepped out of her role acting without his leadership, council, or protection and Adam listened to his wife's folly abandoning his role of leadership. God's roles were reversed.