“To the woman He said, I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. Yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
We all know John 3:16 is the verse that is so often quoted most unbelievers would recognize it. “For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” I thought it might be interesting to look at the verses in each book of the bible that are 3:16.
Starting in Genesis 3:16, where Eve receives her punishment from God for her disobedience. Most everyone gets the first part of it, which details how women will have pain in childbirth. What about the second part though, “your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.” Does that mean we should lust after our husbands and he will tell us what to do?
I believe the whole problem with what happened in the Garden of Eden was that Eve doubted Adam. If you look back in chapter two, verses 15 through 17, it says God took the man and put him in the garden, Eve’s not there yet. God commanded the man to freely eat of every tree of the garden BUT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge and then after Eve was created Adam told her. Now I’m not trying to blame Adam for what Eve did, I still think she was wrong for believing the devil, but she got her information second hand, the old serpent knew that and used it against her. He told her “Did God really say you couldn’t eat of that tree?” Well, she didn’t hear it from God so did he?
I think women suffer from Eve’s Syndrome today with regard to not believing and trusting their husbands. Also, her desire for him was not a physical want, but a mental, emotional desire to be in control. The Lord has put the man as the head of the family though to rule over it.
As women we must do what is pleasing to the Lord and submit to His rule over us by trusting our husbands. Help me Lord to do that.
Let’s see what Exodus 3:16 has for us tomorrow.