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Warning! The text in this topic will most likely "peeve" some readers, primarily women, and may be considered "Politically Incorrect", but I do not fall prey to a "Politically Correct" dogma and proudly report what has been written in the scriptures.

 

This topic addresses what the scriptures have to say about God's judgment of Man and Woman after the Fall of Man and banishment from the Garden of Eden. What exactly were the judgments placed on us after the Fall? In this topic, I will be addressing Genesis 3:16-17 where God passes judgment on Man and Woman. The information contained here has been gleaned from scripture and numerous Bible Commentaries where each are sighted when used. The first judgment from God was placed on Satan but I will not discuss this here, but will restrict the scope of this discussion to God's judgment on Man and Woman...

 

 

(Gen 3:16) 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.
(Gen 3:17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

 


 

God's Judgment on the Woman
(Gen 3:16) 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.
[ - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible ] The sentence of the woman Gen_3:16 consists of three parts: the former two regard her as a mother, the last as a wife. Sorrow is to be multiplied in her pregnancy, and is also to accompany the bearing of children.
1: "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;" What does this mean? Commentaries state that...
[ - John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible ] I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, or "thy sorrow of thy conception" (a), or rather "of thy pregnancy" (b); since not pain but pleasure is perceived in conception, and besides is a blessing; but this takes in all griefs and sorrows, disorders and pains, from the time of conception or pregnancy, unto the birth; such as a nausea, a loathing of food, dizziness, pains in the head and teeth, faintings and swoonings, danger of miscarriage, and many distresses in such a case; besides the trouble of bearing such a burden, especially when it grows heavy: and when it is said, "I will greatly multiply", or "multiplying I will multiply" (c), it not only denotes the certainty of it, but the many and great sorrows endured, and the frequent repetitions of them, by often conceiving, bearing, and bringing forth:
2: "in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; "
[ - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible ]
This sorrow seems to extend to all the mother's pains and anxieties concerning her offspring. With what solicitude she would long for a manifestation of right feeling toward the merciful God in her children, similar to what she had experienced in her own breast! What unutterable bitterness of spirit would she feel when the fruits of disobedience would discover themselves in her little ones, and in some of them, perhaps, gather strength from year to year!

[ - John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible ]
in sorrow shall thou bring forth children, sons and daughters, with many severe pangs and sharp pains, which are so very acute, that great tribulations and afflictions are often in Scripture set forth by them: and it is remarked by naturalists (d), that women bring forth their young with more pain than any other creature:
3: "and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
This at first brings to mind that her 'Sexual' desire is what is meant, but this doesn't seem to be the case..
[- Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible ]< The third part of her sentence refers to her husband - “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” This is evidently a piece of that retributive justice which meets us constantly in the administration of God. The woman had taken the lead in the transgression. In the fallen state, she is to be subject to the will of her husband. “Desire” does not refer to sexual desire in particular. Gen_4:7. It means, in general, “turn,” determination of the will. “The determination of thy will shall be yielded to thy husband, and, accordingly, he shall rule over thee.” The second clause, according to the parallel structure of the sentence, is a climax or emphatic reiteration of the first, and therefore serves to determine its meaning. Under fallen man, woman has been more or less a slave. In fact, under the rule of selfishness, the weaker must serve the stronger. Only a spiritual resurrection will restore her to her true place, as the help-meet for man.

[ - Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible] She is here put into a state of subjection. The whole sex, which by creation was equal with man, is, for sin, made inferior, and forbidden to usurp authority, 1Ti_2:11, 1Ti_2:12. The wife particularly is hereby put under the dominion of her husband, and is not sui juris - at her own disposal, of which see an instance in that law, Num_30:6-8, where the husband is empowered, if he please, to disannul the vows made by the wife. This sentence amounts only to that command, Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; but the entrance of sin has made that duty a punishment, which otherwise it would not have been. If man had not sinned, he would always have ruled with wisdom and love; and, if the woman had not sinned, she would always have obeyed with humility and meekness; and then the dominion would have been no grievance: but our own sin and folly make our yoke heavy. If Eve had not eaten forbidden fruit herself, and tempted her husband to eat it, she would never have complained of her subjection; therefore it ought never to be complained of, though harsh; but sin must be complained of, that made it so. Those wives who not only despise and disobey their husbands, but domineer over them, do not consider that they not only violate a divine law, but thwart a divine sentence.
 

 

 

 

 

 

God's Judgment on the Man
(Gen 3:17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

God has placed three judgments on Man.
1: "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying"
[ - John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible ] because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife; which was not only mean but sinful, since it was opposite to the voice of God, which he ought to have hearkened to God is to be hearkened to and obeyed rather than man, and much rather than a woman; to regard the persuasion of a woman, and neglect the command of God, is a great aggravation of such neglect; see Act_4:19. and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee; saying, thou shall not eat of it; that is, had eat of the fruit of the tree which God had plainly pointed unto him, and concerning which he had given a clear and an express command not to eat of it; and had delivered it to him in the strongest manner, and had most peremptorily and strictly enjoined it, adding the threatening of death unto it; so that he could by no means plead ignorance in himself, or any obscurity in the law, or pretend he did not understand the sense of the legislator. The righteous sentence therefore follows:
2:"cursed is the ground for thy sake;" God cursed the ground that once brought forth the best that God offered, but now what does God's curse mean for Man..?
[ - John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible ] cursed is the ground for thy sake; the whole earth, which was made for man, and all things in it, of which he had the possession and dominion, and might have enjoyed the use of everything in it, with comfort and pleasure; that which was man's greatest earthly blessing is now turned into a curse by sin, which is a proof of the exceeding sinfulness of it, and its just demerit: so in later instances, a "fruitful land" is turned "into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein", Psa_107:34 hence, whenever there is sterility in a country, a want of provisions, a famine, it should always be imputed to sin; and this should put us in mind of the sin of the first man, and the consequence of that:

[ - Believer's Bible Commentary ] The man was sentenced to earn his livelihood from ground that was cursed with thorns and thistles. It would mean toil and sweat for him. Then at the end of life, he himself would return to dust. It should be noted here that work itself is not a curse; it is more often a blessing. It is the sorrow, toil, frustration, perspiration, and weariness connected with work that are the curse
3: "in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;"
[ - John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible ] in sorrow shall thou eat of it all the days of thy life, meaning that with much toil and trouble, in manuring and cultivating the earth, he should get his living out of the produce of it, though with great difficulty; and this would be his case as long as he was in it.

[ - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible ] The keyword in the sentence of the man is the “soil.” The curse (Gen_9:25, see the note) of the soil is the desire of the fruit trees with which the garden was planted, and of that spontaneous growth which would have rendered the toil of man unnecessary. The rank growth of thorns and thistles was also a part of the curse which it occasioned to man when fallen. His sorrow was to arise from the labor and sweat with which he was to draw from the ground the means of subsistence. Instead of the spontaneous fruits of the garden, the herb of the field, which required diligent cultivation, was henceforth to constitute a principal part of his support. And he had the dreary prospect before him of returning at length to the ground whence he was taken. He had an element of dust in him, and this organic frame was eventually to work out its own decay, when apart from the tree of life.

[ - Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible] Man's employments and enjoyments are all embittered to him. His business shall henceforth become a toil to him, and he shall go on with it in the sweat of his face, Gen_3:19. His business, before he sinned, was a constant pleasure to him, the garden was then dressed without any uneasy labour, and kept without any uneasy care; but now his labour shall be a weariness and shall waste his body; his care shall be a torment and shall afflict his mind. The curse upon the ground which made it barren, and produced thorns and thistles, made his employment about it much more difficult and toilsome. If Adam had not sinned, he had not sweated. Observe here, [1.] That labour is our duty, which we must faithfully perform; we are bound to work, not as creatures only, but as criminals; it is part of our sentence, which idleness daringly defies. [2.] That uneasiness and weariness with labour are our just punishment, which we must patiently submit to, and not complain of, since they are less than our iniquity deserves. Let not us, by inordinate care and labour, make our punishment heavier than God has made it; but rather study to lighten our burden, and wipe off our sweat, by eyeing Providence in all and expecting rest shortly.

 

All of us are living by the judgments that God placed on Mankind. Man has had to work by the sweat of his brow with stress and hardship in his endeavors to make a living. Times have changed quite a bit since the days of Adam and Eve. We now make a living with less hard labor than our forefathers, but we still pay a price with long work hours, competitive stress and in some cases, having to work more than one job to make ends meet. Even in our softer life style, we still see how our judgment takes it toll on most of us today. Another interesting observation is how Satan is making another effort to circumvent the judgment of God... Matthew Henry's Commentary states..

"Whose wives who not only despise and disobey their husbands, but domineer over them, do not consider that they not only violate a divine law, but thwart a divine sentence."

 

Are women abiding by the curse that God placed on them or are they once again rebelling against God's judgment and trying to subvert His commandment? Is this an inherent trait of women or are they once again being duped by Satan to rebel against God's divine law? One area that this rebellion can be seen is in the feminist movement which is driven by hatred for men, and a large part of this movement shows Lesbian undercurrents. Another bastardization, I believe, that Satan has put into place to mock God's Man and Woman relationship standard.

 

I believe that Satan has launched another attack on Woman and is using rebellion against God to subvert God's judgment on Mankind. To be fair, it's not too hard to see why some women are frustrated, when Men have neglected and abused this lordship that God placed upon him over the woman. In a lot of ways, men have abrogated their position and responsibilities through laziness, abuse and apathetic actions. This in itself has given way for Satan to attack women... so just as in the Garden of Eden, part of the blame remains with men.

 

God isn't asking women to submit to men for Man's sake, but rather God is expecting Women to trust Him by abiding and submitting to His judgment. Since Woman trusted in the lies of Satan in the Garden of Eden, God is in fact trying to show women that God's way is best. For many women, this is a trust issue and Satan will capitalize on this emotion to continue his attempts to frustrate God's will.

 

 

'Scripture' for Both Men and Women
Wives (Eph 5:22) Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body. (Eph 5:24) But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything.
Husbands (Eph 5:25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; (Eph 5:26) that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, (Eph 5:27) that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:28)Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself: (Eph 5:29) for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;
Both Husband and Wife (Eph 5:30) because we are members of his body. (Eph 5:31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. (Eph 5:32) This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church. (Eph 5:33) Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she fear her husband.
(Fear = to feel reverence or awe for ) (Severally = separately, exclusively, alone, singly)
 

 

 

 

(Col 3:18) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

(Col 3:19) Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
(Gen 3:14) And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.