The Fall of Eve and Cain
Revealing the Mystery of Desiring and Ruling
Whole theologies and Christian lifestyles can be distorted by a wrong understanding of a single verse of Scripture which then becomes the index or reference point for interpreting all other scriptures on a similar theme. And there is nothing quite as contentious in these days of secular, humanistic, feministic political correctness as what Scripture teaches about true gender rôles. With Christian churches and Messianic assemblies heavily influenced by such humanistic teachings, it is little wonder that human relationships have become dysfunctional leading to major social issues and skyrocketing divorce rates in the Body of Messiah that are comparible to the secular world.
Free Agency, Responsibility and Consequences
Because of Yahweh's gift of free agency or choice it is up to every man and woman how they choose to live their life and what rules to follow or discard, and it is our responsibility and sacred duty to defend that gift even if people make bad choices. We are never to force anyone against their will. However, we have an equally if not more important responsibility and duty to also:
Time Reveals the Consequences of Wrong Choices
- 1. Teach the Scriptural way of godly relationships and gender rôles, particularly when it comes to marriage; and
- 2. Explain the social and spiritual consequences when we exercise that free agency in picking a lifestyle that is out of harmony with the divine scriptural and creation tavnith (pattern).
As far as the latter is concerned, little in the nature of emunah (faith) is needed to see the actual negative outcome of wrong choices on individuals and on society as a whole given sufficient time. To the trained scientific mind that is unbiased and without agendas, the consequences will be all too plain to see and Yahweh's mitzvot (commandments) and Torah vindicated.
The Curse of the Fall on Adam
What was the nature of the curse placed on Adam and Eve after the couple had fallen from grace and were expelled from the Garden of Eden? The curse placed on the man, Adam, was quite a lengthy one but is pretty much self-explanatory and few Bible-believing scriptorians and theologians dispute it's p'shat or literal, plain sense:
Adam's Two Sins
"Because you have heeded (listened to and obeyed) the voice of your wife (Eve), and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return" (Gen.3:17-19, NKJV).
Yahweh does not mince His words here. Adam yielded to two temptations and therefore sinned of his own free will that was the cause of his Fall, his expulsion from Eden and Yahweh's curse on him:
The Two Core Lies of the Serpent to Eve
- 1. He listened to his wife's teaching and the authority she claimed to bring forth an instruction contrary to emet (truth) instead of adhering to the teaching given to him by the Father and exercising his divinely mandated toqef (authority) as her head; and
- 2. He deliberately disobeyed the one and only negative mitzvah (commandment) given to him by Yahweh which was to never eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
In short, he yielded to the doctrine of the serpent, which his wife had freely accepted, having been tempted by the lie that not only would the forbidden fruit make her a goddess (and Adam a god) with all knowledge like Yahweh Himself, but she also yielded to the lie that Yahweh was out to oppress, limit, bind, restrict, be a kill-joy and exercise unrighteous dominion over her as a Tyrant them by keeping her in ignorance, binding her to the cradle - when she could have so much more as an independent adult.
Creating Doubt by Turning a Divine Statement into a Question
There were so many lies jam-packed into the devil's two statements that it would take many hours to properly unravel them all because within this tiny bundle is a condensed form of all the world's woes wrapped up into a simple, neat but lethal package. His first statement simply turned the mitzvah (commandment) of Elohim (God) into a question but with a subtle twist:
The Threefold Arum of the Serpent
"'Aph kiy (really)? Has Elohim (God) said, 'Ye shall not eat of kol etz haGan (all the trees of the Garden)'?" (Gen.3:1, OJB).
You have to understand the aph key as a very casual or relaxed though devious "really?" The Bible describes the Nachash or Serpent as arum which is a Hebrew word containing three English concepts rolled into one: he was crafty, cunning and wiley. To be crafty means to be skilled in deception and to be shrewd - that is to say, astute and penetrating, that is, he possessed acumen, or was insightful and able to make good judgments...he was 'sharp', to use modern vernacular. He was cunning in the sense that he was ingenious in his deception. And he was wiley which means he employed artful trickery containing an element of seduction. The word arum means all of these things.
Wise as Serpents
Satan took his great intelligence and wisdom given him by Yahweh and used it for selfish, destructive ends. Yet not everything about serpents or snakes is bad otherwise Yah'shua (Jesus) wouldn't have taught His talmidim (disciples), saying:
Satan's Earlier History
"Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matt.10:16, NKJV).
The wisdom has to be coupled to harmlessness and being harmless was not Satan's intent in Eden. Having once been the master of the planet and ruled over a great malakim (angel) civilisation, which was destroyed because of his rebellion, he was placed back on the earth to inhabit a tree forbidden to humans in one spot in a garden that was dwarfed in size by the scope of the whole planet, to watch a new creature, man - inferior to him in powers, glory, intelligence and experience
- made master of the what had once been his. So you can imagine he was seathing inside. Adam and Eve were as little children so he knew that the direct confrontational approach would be sure to frighten and drive Eve away, so he engaged in what can only be described as the opening moves of the pedophile. He was 'nice' and 'seductive', playing on the innocence of his victims.
The Condensed Book of Genesis
It is possible to both read too much, and too little, into the events of this time. Though the Genesis story is short in comparison to the rest of Scripture, it is highly compact and potent. Because there is so little written material, we must pause longer to digest every word in the text supplied to us. It's like looking at the DNA of life and keeping it intact - one error will cause huge problems in our understanding of the rest.
Three Fall Judgments
The judgments recorded in Genesis 3 begin in a significant order:
Patterns of Authority
- 1. The judgment of the Serpent, Heylel (Satan);
- 2. The judgment of the Woman, Eve; and
- 3. The judgment of the Man, Adam.
But we shall consider the reverse order to see who was guilty of what and what the punishment of each would be. Adam's rôle in the Garden before the Fall was one of Head, Protector and Instructor. His wife had been made from his rib to signify the intimacy of that protection. He was to watch over Eve as the weaker of the two genders with her own susceptibilities to temptation. Adam was not tempted directly by the Serpent but indirectly though his wife. Her first error was to listen to the Serpent before listening to her husband; and his first error was to listen to his wife before listening to Yahweh. Women wander out of set-apart tavnith (pattern) when they seek authorities other than their husbands, and men wander out of tavnith (pattern) when they seek authorities other than Elohim (God). Women wander out of tavnith (pattern) when they seek teachings from those other than their husbands, and men wander out of tavnith (pattern) when they seek teachings from those other than Elohim (God)! Every time things go wrong in marriage relationships you will find this particular tavnith (pattern) has been broken.
The Two-Stage Fall of Adam
Adam's fall took place in at least two stages:
New Challenges and Weaknesses After the Fall
- 1. He accepted the authority of his wife's teaching instead of the one given to him by Yahweh concerning the Tree of Death (Knowledge of Good and Evil) by listening to her first, that is, before Yahweh; and
- 2. He was more afraid of losing intimate companionship with his women (fearing she would be expelled, leaving him behind, alone, again) than he was of losing his intimate fellowship with Yahweh - quite simply, he chose his woman and her will before his Elohim (God) and His will.
Because of the Fall, both men and women face their unique challenges in their relationship together as husbands and wives. Each has strengths and each has weaknesses. The curse of Yahweh did not remove the strengths that obtained before the Fall but rather introduced handicaps in the form of dangerous weaknesses that had to be resisted and overcome for the mankind to be safe. In short, mankind had to learn how to wrestle against sin and overcome the carnal, fallen saide of his new post-Edenic character.
The Physical Punishment of the Man
Man's punishment was straighforward enough. Whereas Eden had provided him with all the food he needed with virtually no labour except to pluck and eat fruit and nuts whose endless supply never became exhausted, now he would have to struggle hard by the sweat of his brow to till the hard earth with its numerous weeds and provide food for his family at great personal cost.
Effort Required to Find Truth and Salvation in a Luciferic World of Lies
This had a spiritual application too, as nearly all Scripture does, and I will mention here one aspect of it. For man would now have to work very hard in searching for, and digging up, the emet (truth) that leads to a full and complete salvation, plus he would have to till the soil of his own heart to make it receptive to that emet (truth) by maintaining a condition of humility and teachability. This would require considerable study, prayer and diligent application in his life so that he would be an example to his family. He would become responsible for not only providing physical lechem or bread but the lechem chayim or bread of life to his wife and children too. His position as family head would bring considerable responsibility not just in the outer world, now hostile because of the Fall, but also the inner world, also rendered hostile caused by the Enemey's constant sowing of lies in the minds and hearts of humanity. These lies would have the purpose of brining the entire human race to ruination so that Satan could have his revenge, as he supposed, against Elohim (God) for deposing him from his former position of power and glory.
The Woman's Curse and an Extra Curse for Adam
Now we come to the judgment of Eve which, interestingly enough, also contains an extra burden or curse for Adam to add to his others, not to mention her own, as we shall see. The woman's judgment is a lot shorter than Adam's but no less devastating:
A Dangerous Misunderstanding
"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you" (Gen.3:16, NKJV).
And so we come to one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the Bible, the wrong understanding of which is of great danger to the welfare of the human race, but one which properly understood brings tremendous blessings to both woman and man. There are actually two revelations-in-one here, one very positive and one very negative. They are layered one on top of another, and merged, to create a compact unity that is totally and deliberately contradictory like human nature itself.
Split Channels and Multiple Meanings
Those of you who like using computer graphics programs like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro will, I am sure, have heard of a function called 'splitting channels'. When you split a coloured image into channels, you divide it up into its spectral components. For example, you can split an image into its 'RGB' components by making three images showing their Red, Blue and Green elements, as in the example of the rainbow below:
Teshukah and Mashal
So with that in mind, let's look at Yahweh's words to Eve again but this time looking at a pair of key Hebrew words, teshukah and mashal:
The Visible and Hidden Curse
"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your teshukah (longing, desire) shall be for your husband, and he shall mashal (rule) over you" (Gen.3:16, NKJV).
Few have problems understanding the first part of this curse. In the same way that Adam would no longer be able to help himself to the abundant and easily obtainable food in the Garden Eden but have toil hard to become a farmer, Eve would have comparible challenges in pregnancy, childbirth and raising children. It would not be easy for either of them. And just as there was a mental parallel to Adam's farming, so there is an emotional parallel in Eve's post-Fall nature - she would struggle with contrary feelings and have to work hard to get them in order. Just as Adam would be required to search for Torah emet (truth) and guard it once found, so she would have to grapple with mutually exclusive feelings and learn how to choose those which are of the Ruach (Spirit) and those which are of the flesh. She would have to grapple with the Jeremiah 17:9 problem of the wickedness of the human heart. That is not, of course, to say that men would not have to grapple with the heart and women with the intellect and the Torah, but rather each gender would have its respective strengths and weaknesses, and have to work harder on its weaknesses.
The Deadly Mystery of Teshukah
But there's a second part to this passage which is poorly understood: "your teshukah (longing, desire) shall be for your husband, and he shall mashal (rule) over you". Mooreover, discussions on it not uncommonly lead to heated and divisive debates because in these few words lie the essential difference between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Death modes of being and living. In this life humans are either 'eating' from the one or the other.
The Word that Divides So Completely
Rather than beginning by comparing the different ways believers interpret this passage and then giving its actual meaning, I will explain what the Hebrew is actually saying first because otherwise we will excite fleshy passions that will drown out and obscure the emet (truth). Marriages have fallen apart and congregations have split over this passage, and with good reason: contained in these 13 English words is the a mystery whose full understanding either brings shalom (peace) and simcha (joy) or division and misery. The whole effect of the Fall, and its practical remedy in Messiah, is contained within these 13 words. It's a double-sided coin, a revelation in at least two layers.
Four Truths in Two Elements
There are four truths to be found in this passage which has two elements:
- 1. "Your teshukah (longing, desire) shall be for your husband"; and
- 2. "He shall mashal (rule) over you".
Not only that, but each of these has two aspects:
Three Things That Remain True After the Fall
- 1. A new cursing in having these desires and in being ruled; and
- 2. An old blessing in having these desires and in being ruled which carries over from the Garden.
Firstly, let us be clear what has not changed since the Fall and remains the same in the New Covenant of Messiah:
Three Truths About Women
- 1. "Husbands...dwell with [your wives] with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel" (1 Peter 3:7, NKJV);
- 2. "Adam was not deceived [by the Serpent], but the woman being deceived [by the Serpent], fell into transgression" (1 Tim.2:14, NKJV); "But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah" (2 Cor.11:3, NKJV); and
- 3. "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Messiah, the head of woman is man, and the head of Messiah is Elohim (God)" (1 Cor.11:3, NKJV).
It is important to remember these three truths about women as we examine our passage in Genesis more closely. She is:
- 1. The weaker gender;
- 2. More easily deceived; and
- 3. Under the perpetual headship of her husband, as he is of Messiah.
This was the case before the Fall, after the Fall and in the New Covenant of Messiah. These three things being undeniably the Davar Elohim (Word of God) in all dispensations, we must then try to understand just what the second part of Eve's 'curse' was. A lot of Bible readers conclude in reading, "your teshukah (longing, desire) shall be for your husband, and he shall mashal (rule) over you" to mean that as a result of the Fall that two new realities came into being:
Two Wrong Conclusions
- 1. Woman would have this deep neediness, longing or desire that makes her totally emotionally dependent on hher husband which she didn't have before; and
- 2. Her husband would be in charge of her life which he wasn't before.
From this come a number of unscriptural deductions that ignore such passages from the B'rit Chadashah Scriptures (New Testament) as I have just shared, and conclude that these two negative effects of the Fall will either:
Has Man Ceased to be the Head in the New Covenant?
- 1. Be reversed when Yah'shua (Jesus) returns for the Millennium or we go to Heaven; or
- 2. They were reversed immediately upon the inauguration of the New Covenant two thousand years ago.
As a result, many Christian women are now claiming that man is no longer the head and that they are co-heads with their husbands in the same way as they are joint heirs of salvation (Rom.8:17), there no longer being "either male or female; for you are all one in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus)" (Gal.3:28, NKJV). But in order to maintain this position they are obliged to reject the very clear statements made by Paul cited earlier, and this leads many women (and men) to either reject the authority of Paul (by accusing him of being a misogynist or woman-hater) whilst claiming ownership of his other passages where he says there is neither male nor female in Messiah in terms of worth. Of course, this eventually means rejecting the authority of Scripture and replacing it with personal feelings, the existentialist and liberal positions. With no absolute authority ascribed to the Davar Elohim (Word of God), man as a result appoints himself his own god...or woman her own goddess, the very temptation the Sepent laid before Eve:
The Lie Exposed
"For Elohim (God) knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim (God), knowing good and evil" (Gen.3:5, NKJV).
And that's the problem, we're not "like Elohim (God), knowing good and evil". We may know some things about good and evil, but we do not remotely know it all, let alone the smallest part of it. That is why we are given mitzvot (commandments), so that we don't burn our fingers on the proverbial stove thinking we know more than we do or ever can. Thinking that eating the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would give her a knowledge of all good and evil and make her like Elohim (God), Eve ate its fruit and died. Far from becoming like Elohim (God), she became separated from Him vy a great spiritual chasm and her only hope thereafter in temporary, regular animal atonements while her progeny awaited the final Redeemer. One thing she did discover, and Adam like her in following her bad example in order not to lose her, was that she was anything but like Elohim (God) after she broke the one and only mitzvah (commandment) given to her husband to guard. She got curious, wandered away from Adam's covering and protection, and brought the perfect Creation crashing into a world more akin to that of the heart of the Serpent.
Learning the Hidden Curse
So what was the second part of Yahweh's 'curse' on Eve? What was this negative "desire" she had as a result of the Fall, and what was the negative aspect of the rulership given to the husband to counter it? Now we will take a closer look.
The Hebrew word for "desire" is teshukah and understanding its precise meaning is made easy by the fact that it only used three times in the Bible and in very specific ways. We have seen the first so let us take a look at the other two. The second of the two is the positive 'channel' and actually describes Solomon's feelings for the Shunamite woman who says:
In other words, Solomon's teshukah for the Shunamite is the same teshukah that Eve felt for her husband, Adam, before and after the Fall, and is the same teshukah or desire that Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) has for His Bride!
"I am my beloved's (I belong to my beloved, Solomon), and his desire (teshukah) is toward me" (Song.7:10, NKJV).
The Negative Teshukah
But it is the other passage that holds the key and mystery to the negative side of this teshukah or desire which we shall examine now - notice that the structure of Yahweh's statement to Cain is exactly the same as to Eve:
Tesaukah as Anger Leading to Murder
"So Yahweh said to Cain (after his sacrifice had been rejected, and before he murdered Abel), 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its teshukah (desire) is for you, but you should rule (mashal) over it" (Gen.4:6-7, NKJV).
This passage is in the next chapter of Genesis and records how the first NEGATIVE teshukah or desire manifested first as anger and then as murder. This teshukah or desire is none other than the spirit of murder. Notice the identical syntax or sentence structure:
|Genesis 3:16b (Eve)
||Your teshukah (desire) shall be for your husband
||And he shall mashal (rule) over you|
|Genesis 4:7b (Cain)
||And its (sin's) teshukah (desire) is for you
||But you should mashal (rule) over it|
The Sin of Usurping Headship
In other words, a consequence of the Fall is that Eve has this sinful desire (teshkah) that now requires her husband to exercise a kind of rulership (mashal) what was not necessary in Eden before the Fall. What is this sin that is so serious that Yahweh brings it to the fore by underlining it in this passage? How is this sin comparable to the sin of Cain that requires her husband to assume a additional, new form of rulership or headship to ensure she does not go the way of Cain? And why is she commanded to yielded to this new form of post-Fall rulership? This sin is the default, carnal tendency of a wife to usurp the authority, headship or kingship of her husband which, if not opposed and thereby checked by him, will lead to the effective 'murder' or spiritual (and eventual physical) destruction of their marriage. The same promise made to Cain is made to Eve:
A Battle to Fight the Tendency of the Woman to Want to Rule
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies (crouches) at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over (master) it" (Gen.4:6-7, NKJV).
This is going to be such a serious problem for the woman that she will need to fight her own fallen nature to master this tendency to want to rule over her husband, the desire in injected in her flesh after the Fall, sown originally by Satan in her mind and brought to fruition in her heart when she believed his lie and broke the heavenly mitzvah (commandment). It such a serious sin that it lies at the root of all other sins in a woman because it's essence is the spirit of murder. It is the oft spoken of spirit of Jezebel.
Can Had the Choice Not to Murder
Cain did not have to take the next step. He could have made a choice for submission to Yahweh, as every man is called to do. But he refused and became the world's first murderer. This is the man's parallel weakness - the tendency to want to rebel against Yahweh and His Torah and be his own unaccountable and tyrannical boss. The tendency to self-exaltation is in both genders - men and women alike - but Yahweh will not tolerate it. He promises to exalt us if we fully surrender to Him. Yah'shua (Jesus)said:
"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:11, NKJV).
As a man should humble himself before Messiah, so a wife is to humble herself before her husband. This is the unchangeable tavnith (pattern) of the divine Order of Creation and Satan's tavnith is the diametric opposite. But behind the wife's surrendering to her husband is the demand made of Yahweh that the husband surrender to Him and apply equal weights and measures! The relationship between the two submittings - of wives to husbands, and of husbands to Messiah - is no better explained than by Paul in His letter to the Ephesians:
The Christlike Marriage
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as (in the same way you are supposed to sumbit) to the Master (Yah'shua/Jesus). For the husband is head of the wife, as also Messiah is head of the messianic community (church); and He is the Deliverer (Saviour) of the body. Therefore, just as the messianic community (church) is subject to Messiah, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything (she can't pick and choose). Husbands, love your wives, just as Messiah also loved the messianic community (church) and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Davar (Word, Scriptures, Torah), that He might present her to Himself a glorious messianic community (church), not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be qodesh (holy, set-apart) and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Master does the messianic community (church)" (Eph.5:22-29, NKJV).
This is the qodesh (holy, set-apart) dynamic of a Christlike marriage and it is the diametric opposite of the lie of Satan which is the cancerous disease of the world system that is destroying humanity and leading to all the excesses of sin everywhere today. Sin truly lies at the door waiting to pounce on husbands who do not submit to Yah'shua (Jesus) in everything and on wives who do not submit to their husbands in everything (that is to say, everything within the borders of Torah for a man cannot treat his wife any way he pleases). None of this is a feeling-based consideration but a spiritual one based on raw CHOICE - the choice to submit or to rebel.
Eve's Evil Desire
So what was Eve's negative or demonic teshukah (desire)?
The Positive Response to Negative Teshukah
"Your desire shall be for [the place/position of headship of] your husband, and he shall rule over you [to save you from acquiting it]" (Gen 3:16, NKJV).
Not only must the husband continue to positively rule as head as he did in pure ahavah (love) for his wife in Eden before the Fall, but now he is commanded to firmly resist, in ahavah (love), the Serpent in the woman's flesh each time she seeks to dominate, rule or control him in any way even at the risk of losing his woman. As we are commanded to "submit to Elohim (God) [and] resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to Elohim (God) and He will draw near to you" (James 4:7-8, NKJV), so a wife is to "submit to her husband and resist the devil in her flesh that would have her rule him, and that devil will flee from her. Then in drawing near to her husband, he will draw near to her".
Adam's Failure to Seize the Bull by the Horns
Adam failed in Eden and yielded to Eve, disobeying Elohim (God) in the process, and bringing down a double curse on himself - the curse of labouring to overcome the earth to make it produce food, and the curse of resisting the demonic tendency in his wife to usurp his headship whilst at the same time having to overcome his own carnal disposition to rebel against Yahweh and compromise with his wife so as to placate her anger and save their relationship. Or, if he is like Cain, to oppress her like a tyrant and destroy the marriage in anger. This is the constant dilemma of the flesh. But sadly it is not just husbands and wives who suffer when this tendency on the part of either to rebel volcanically explodes to the surface, but also their children, their health - mental, emotional and physical - and indeed their wealth likewise suffer, for the spirit of murder cuts off all the blessings of Heaven.
The Curse on the Serpent
Finally, we come to the very interesting curse Yahweh put on Satan which I hope will make better sense now that we have understood the curses put on man and woman. Reversing the order will hopefully bring new perspectives:
Satan's Headship Targets
"Because you have done this, you are arur (cursed) more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity (hostility, hatred) between you and the woman (Eve, mother of mankind), and between your zera (seed - demons, followers of Satan) and her Zera (Seed - Yah'shua the Messiah/Jesus Christ and His talmidim/disciples); He shall [crush] your rosh (head, headship), and you shall bruise His akev (heel)" (Gen.3:14-15, NKJV).
Satan has now been reduced in rank from being the highest of the cherubim (presiding angels) to the lowest life form on earth. Notice that the issue all along has been about headship - the Headship of Yahweh over Satan - and notice how Satan's chief targets are Yahweh's headship of Adam and Adam's headship of Eve. The Headship issue is the primary key to the Fall and its reversal for Yah'shua (Jesus) was appointed the Rosh (Head) by Yahweh and demands Adam's submission as Adam demands Eve's. Satan's system is the reverse - he wants Eve to rebel against Adam, and Adam to rebel against Yah'shua (Jesus). And he, as a dark type of Yah'shua (Jesus), rebelled against Yahweh unlike Yah'shua (Jesus) who submitted to the Father in everything. Husbands are to give Him this same submission in everything as wives are to submit to their husbands "in everything".
The Gardner's Prerogatives and Respobsibilities
Remember, Adam is the farmer or gardener and it is for him to present the fruit of his labour to his wife, not the other way round. He is the provider. Adam was the Chief Gardener in Eden, given authority ti name the animals, not Eve. And if there is something new to be presented in the form of a teaching, then the husband should present it for consumption, having tested it himself as the one who guards Torah.
Resolve the Headship Question Immediately
So long as the issue of headship is not resolved in the home - whether horizontally between spouses, or vertically between man and Elohim (God) - there is no way that we as Yah'shua's (Jesus') zera (seed) - can ever crush the rosh (head[ship]) of Satan in our flesh or in our corner of the Vineyard. This submission cannot just be token or verbal - we either submit fully in our minds and hearts or the flesh gets the better of us and we are left with family wars without end. The Enemy will continue to nip at our heels or try to 'trip us up' or 'set us back', ("bruise" rather than "crush") but if we remain true zera (seed) he will not be able to hurt any other part of us.
Admonition to the Women
Sisters, you have the greatest and most honorable opportunity ever to stand in the place of Yah'shua as a servant, by living your life for your husband, as your husband lives his life as a servant for Yah'shua (Jesus). If you do not do this, but rather seek to stand in the place of the man or reject him, you affirm and fulfill the Genesis 3:16 curse on the woman; and as Yah'shua (Jesus) declared relative to John the Baptist, you then seek to take the kingdom by force and the marriage relationship suffers violence (Mat.11:12). You utterly fail "to possess [your] own vessel [as a woman] in sanctification and honour" (1 Thessalonians 4:4, NKJV). Your vessel at this time is that of a servant, a woman, and you fail to be faithful with the rôle and responsibility with which you have been entrusted. Like the malakim (angels) of Jude 1:6, you abandon your proper abode and do not keep your own domain as a woman.
Admonition to the Men
Brethren, you too have the greatest and most honourable opportunity ever to stand in the place of Yahweh as a servant, by living you life for Yah'shua (Jesus), as Yah'shua (Jesus) lived His life as a servant of His Father, Yahweh. If you do not do this, but rather seek to stand in the place of Yah'shua (Jesus) or reject Him, you then seek to take the kingdom by force too and the coventant relationship with Messiah suffers violence. You utterly fail "to possess [your] own vessel [as a man] in sanctification and honour". Your vessel at this time is that of a servant, a man, and you fail to be faithful with the rôle and responsibility with which you have been entrusted. Like the malakim (angels) of Jude 1:6, you abandon your proper abode and do not keep your own domain as a man.
Now you know what the simplicity that is in Messiah is all about. It's about Headship and submission - nothing more, nothing less (2 Cor.11:3). That is true ahavah (love) and worship.
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