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Genesis 3:16 – 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” – ESV

Continuing the discussion by introducing information from the book:  “Recovering Bible Manhood and Womanhood”.  

In this discussion I will be quoting or presenting ideas from a book by John Piper& Wayne Grudem  “Recovering Bible Manhood and Womanhood” – IISBN 0-89107-586-0.  Excerpts from pages 101-112.

There is a flow of ‘headship’ within the trinity:  God, the father leads – the Son, submits to Him – the Holy Spirit submits to both.  (Termed:  “the Economic Trinity”.  

“As the head, the husband bears the primary responsibility to lead their partnership in  a God-glorifying direction.  Under God, a wife may no compete for that primary responsibility.  It is her husband’s just because he is the husband, by the wise decree of God..  The ideal of “equal rights” in an unqualified sense is not Biblical.” 


“Gen. 3:6 Moses described the actual act of Adam and Eve’s sin very simply, as a matter of fact, without a hint of shock…”she took some and ate it” – She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  …..   What actually happened is full of meaning.  Eve usurped Adam’s headship and led the way into sin.  And Adam, who (it seems) had stood by passably, allowing the deception to progress without decisive intervention  —  Adam, for his part, abandoned his post as head.  Eve was deceived; Adam forsook his responsibility.  Both were wrong and together they pulled the human race down into sin and death.”

“God’s decree is two-fold.  First, as a mother, the woman will suffer in relation to he children…But now the woman will suffer in childbirth.  …the pain of childbirth.  Second, as a wife, the woman will suffer in relation to her husband.  The exact content of her marital suffering could be defined in either of two ways.  Either she will suffer conflict with he husband, or she will suffer domination by him. 

Gen. 4:7 – ESV-  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

As Gen. 4:7b reads “Sin’s desire if for you, but you must master it”

THUS:  “Just as sin’s desire is to have its way with Carin, God gives the woman up to a desire to have her way with her husband.  Because she usurped his headship in the temptation, God hands her over to the misery of competition with her rightful head.  This is justice, a measure-for-measure response to he sin.”

Thus, “Christian redemption does not redefine creation; it restores creation, so that wives lean godly submission and husbands learn godly headship.