The moment God brought the new creature from, like and for him to Adam as a wife, the joy was etched all over his face, displayed in any body gestures and fully heard in every syllable of the words that flowed out of his mouth as Scripture records (Genesis 2:21-25)! Thus, it is written: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord,” (Proverbs 18:22, NKJV). Men throughout history have only come close to Adam’s initial reaction to his new wife when they see their brides for the first time on the wedding day and later during the night, after they disclose their bodies to them in the intimacy of romantic love blessed by God (Song Of Solomon 3:6-5:1).
In the foregoing is found the beginning of the historical value of women to men! For woman was created by God to be man’s intimate companion; taking away his aloneness in lifelong marital relationship as they moved together in the divine wonder of oneness. Corresponding to him, he could transparently share his innermost being with her and her, him. Uniquely above the animals they could together imagine, dream, appreciate and create beauty as well as fellowship with their Creator. Created also to be man’s helper, by God’s design a woman helped most significantly when out of their intimacy children were conceived in her womb, brought forth, nourished and nurtured.1
After this, God intended for a woman to help her husband govern their family by managing the home under his headship (Titus 2:1-5). Most blessed have been the men with godly wives that managed the home well and were willing also to help them bear the weight of seeking God for their family vision and needs through much adversity (Proverbs 12:4, 19:14).2 For the fall of man to Satan, sin and death has made even marriage and family an experience of many sorrows and troubles as the judgment of God presaged (Genesis 3:16-19; Job 14:1-12). Even so, many women of faith in the Bible have been godly helpers par excellence to their husbands, sons, prophets and kings alike.3
With Noah as a 500 year old man of faith certainly was his wife. Though we do not know her name, her deeds of helping support for her husband are everywhere seen in the biblical narrative of their epoch. She bore Noah three sons and no doubt tolerated his long work hours while managing the home when she was not helping him in the task of building the ark God commanded over many years (Genesis 6:9-17). Scripture records no objections on her part whatsoever about Noah building or entering the ark with their sons, their wives and many animals large and small she too had to help with (Genesis 6:18-7:16). Compare Noah’s wife to Lot’s and Job’s (Genesis 19:15-26; Job 1:6-2:9).
Amram in Egyptian bondage sought out a wife from his tribe of Levi and married Jochebed (Exodus 2:1, 6:20). During Pharaoh’s strict edict to his people to kill every Hebrew male born by drowning, Jochebed conceived, bore Moses and out of a mother’s natural love with her husband hid him three months. When she could not hide him any longer, by faith in God she prepared an “ark of bulrushes” and set him adrift among river bank reeds in hope that an Egyptian woman would spare his life. God fulfilled Jochebed’s hope beyond her wildest expectations as her son grew up to be His vessel of deliverance for Israel (Exodus 1:15-3:10; Deuteronomy 34; Hebrews 11:23, NKJV).
Elkanah had two wives--Peninnah who bore him children and Hannah who had not. He dutifully provided for Penninnah and their children, but out of love for Hannah gave her “a double portion” though, “the Lord had closed her womb.” He also comforted Hannah in her grief over not having borne him at least one son in the face of her rival’s many years of taunting. Finally, during the annual worship at Shiloh, Hannah poured her heart out to God for a son. God answered, blessing her to conceive and birth Samuel, who after she weaned, returned him to the Lord as promised. In fulfilled joy she praised God for having given her husband the greatest son of that day; her son, the best possible life as Israel’s last judge, God’s prophet and king maker (1 Samuel 1-2:11, NKJV).
David and his men were on the run from king Saul who wanted to kill his rival. While on the run he did good to fellow Israelites and one in particular named Nabal, whose sheep and shearers came under David’s protection. After asking for provisions and being harshly rebuffed by Nabal, David was on his way to murder him and his household. But Abigail, Nabal’s wife, was told of the matter and quickly sent David provisions. She also came out to meet him and plead for the family. Her godly wisdom as a woman of faith spoken respectfully to the future king stopped him from sinning. He wisely married her after “the Lord struck Nabal and he died,” (1 Samuel 25:1-42, NKJV).4 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 As the Lord has led, I wrote in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics about mortal woman being created to be a companion and helper to her husband as being of
the highest honors. This is because these roles are in the image and likeness of and specifically imitate spiritually God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the triune
God! He is the intended eternal Companion and Helper to all redeemed souls He brings to new birth (John 1:12-13, 3:1-8, 14:16-17). Therefore, to treat these roles
with contempt is truly arrogant, audacious and high handed sin (Isaiah 45:9-10)! The book is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your fa-
vorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the Strong Man Store.
2 Get more biblical instruction on the roles and responsibilities of husbands and wives in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.
3 I call such women “great women of God” in my book. The Strong Man Store now has available the newest Strong Man Of God Audio Resource, Great Woman Of
God Mothers, an expository message from the Lord challenging 21st century Christian women to aspire to be like these women. Be sure to listen to the message sam-
4 Of all the Old Testament great women of God, Abigail is one of my favorites not only because she was beautiful, godly, humble and submissive, but because she also
possessed the spiritual wisdom an aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ needs to help him make decisions that please the Lord and fulfill His will! Now,
such a woman is never to usurp or be used by her husband to replace the Holy Spirit as his first in order Companion and Counselor. But after prayer, he should find
his wife also led by the Spirit is in one accord with what the Spirit has counseled. Compare the counsel Abigail gave David with that which Jezebel gave her husband
and the outcomes (1 Kings 21).
In my April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges under the categories Call To Repent and Bible Prophecy, I declared mortal woman has “immeasurable value to God and man!” This post will briefly explore mortal woman’s value to God, while her value to men will be dealt with in the next. In the first place, mortal woman shares equal, eternal soul existence and choice of destiny with her male counterpart.1 As the Lord has had me repeatedly proclaim, He created mortal woman as a companion and helper to man in being a wife and mother. In this mortal age she has no greater purpose in the divine plan and purposes than these two temporary roles and responsibilities.
Indeed, in accord with the divine will, woman took away man’s aloneness both as the sole creature of his kind and one that was purposely designed in the image and likeness of God to enjoy relationship (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25; John 1:1-2, 10:30-39). She was the perfect companion to man because she corresponded to him in every way; having been taken out of him. The intimacy of marital relationship between the man and his wife was designed by God to be of the spirit, soul and body where they could physically join together. It is out of their sexual intimacy that the woman became the man’s greatest tangible help in bringing forth more of their kind in procreation.
In living on purpose to please God and do His will as a wife and mother of faith in all submission to Him, many women throughout history have made themselves great in His sight! 2 As I write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, Eve, for example, may have recovered to be this kind of woman after her initial usurpation of her husband and disobedience.3 There is no record of any other similar acts on her part anywhere in the Bible. However, her submission to her husband’s headship is apparent in offering no objection whatsoever to his giving her a name that fully defined the second of her priority roles and responsibilities (Genesis 3:20).
Eve also willingly gave herself to her husband in sexual intimacy to fulfill becoming a mother many times over even with the divine imposed heightened pain as a penalty for her sin. And after the murder of her second born son, Abel, she with humble and respectful attitude toward God seems to have sought and acknowledged receiving his replacement from Him (Genesis 4:1-8, 25). This quietly submissive, more humble and respectful Eve toward God and her husband is what the Lord wills and blesses in a woman that professes to know Him as seen throughout the Bible and plainly taught by the apostles (Proverbs 19:13, 21:9, 19, 25:24; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 1 Peter 3:1-6).
Truly, to this hour no man or woman since Eve has come to be on the earth except through the womb of a woman! And with His prophetic utterance to “the serpent” concerning the woman’s “Seed,” God has continuously highlighted this important value of mortal woman to Him (Genesis 3:15, NKJV). For select women in history written about in the Bible, God has also wondrously opened their wombs that had been closed by Him to bring forth men of greatness. For example, in their old ages Sarah conceived with husband, Abraham and gave birth to Isaac, while Elizabeth bore John the Baptist after conceiving with her husband, Zacharias (Genesis 17:1-22, 21:1-7; Luke 1:5-25, 57-66).
However, the Lord did His most amazing miracle through the womb of a woman in causing a virgin, Mary of Nazareth, Israel, to conceive by means of the Holy Spirit’s power alone; bringing forth the promised Seed and second Adam, Jesus Christ, who grew up to victoriously fulfill what was foretold of Him in Eden (Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-24; Galatians 3:26-4:7, Colossians 2:11-15). What should be to no one’s surprise, Mary serves as the perpetual example of the woman God favors in her sexual purity before marriage, humility, respectful demeanor and quiet submission, though, she and Elizabeth cut up good rejoicing together in God (Luke 1:39-56)!4 To such women and lesser, God has shown Himself gracious and a fierce Deliverer (Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 68:5-6; Luke 8:1-3).
Beyond their wombs, God has also used godly women to carry out His purposes in other ways. For example, the Bible’s Book Of Esther does not give her mother’s name, but it tells us the father of beautiful Hadassah called Esther was Abihail, and that she had been raised by relative, Mordecai, after both her parents died (Esther 2:5-7, 15). In the providence of God, humble and submissive Esther was chosen to be queen by Persian king Ahasuerus after his first queen, Vashti, displaying the spirit of modern day feminism rebelled against him. Not by being demanding, hostile or aggressive, but submissive to God first and then her husband, Esther saved her people from a genocidal plot. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 As with men, God has given women the choice of eternal life and immortal glory through repentance and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ or rejecting it, eternal
separation from Him in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
2 The newest Strong Man Of God Audio Resource, Great Woman Of God Mothers, is an expository message focusing on Christian women as wives and mothers I
was blessed of the Lord to proclaim now available in the Strong Man Store. Listen to the sample provided.
3 My book is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the Strong Man Store.
4 There is no contradiction here in typically having a quietly submissive demeanor and becoming loud as moved by the Holy Spirit in worshipping God! I am pleased to
be from among a people whose godly women are known for loud worship. This is different from normally being loud-mouthed, pushy and domineering in which Mary
again is the perfect counter in her example as the mother of Jesus after His ascension to glory (Acts 1:12-26).
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