With the humble disclaimer that because of my many failures in the past before and after being saved as well as a less than stellar evaluation from my wife after checking in with her before sitting down to write this post, I am by no means the poster man for fulfilling everything I am writing about promoting females. Nevertheless, I aspire as in all things related to becoming a strong man of God in the image of my Lord, Jesus Christ, our example for which my wife gave me brownie points--less than perfect man that I am! Keeping it real ladies, imperfection is a major part of the problem many of you have with and want to fix in men while you revel in all of your own splendidly displayed!
Let’s start with whether there is a biblical mandate for males to be concerned about the welfare and promotion of females at all. Yes and it runs as a narrative thread throughout the Bible! The mandate with an affirmation of female importance is initiated by God’s actions at the creation to wit: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them…,” (Genesis 1:27-28a, Emphasis Mine, NKJV). Females are not an unnecessary appendage to males, but a functional part in the design of mortal man by God and vital partners to fulfilling His purposes of procreation in and ruling the earth (Genesis 1:28).
In His purposes, God made sure the first male saw the value of his female partner by initially showing him life without and no other corresponding creature like her (Genesis 2:18-20).1 Then God did something thoroughly unique in the way He had been bringing forth creatures. He put the first male, Adam, to sleep, opened up his body, took out “one of his ribs,” closed him back up and proceeded to construct a female from the rib He had taken out. When He was finished, He brought her to Adam after which he uttered his famous response: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,” (Genesis 2:21-23, NKJV).
God’s approach to creating her and that foregoing statement of the first male about his female companion plainly assert for all time the intrinsic equality, worth and dignity she has with him! In their creature being, man the male and female are made of the same inner and outer stuff and are uniquely of the same kind. There is no other creature exactly like man--male or female. These truths scream equality, but they fall on deaf ears today because now, in their sinful, fallen state females believe they have gotten the short end of the stick since though just as capable in many respects, God in sovereignty has elected males to be the lead rulers in His order of mortal mankind.
Today’s full on rebellion against God by particularly Western females and their male supporters has not improved on His order or mankind at all. It has served prosecuting females well during this time God has tolerated their acrid ascendancy, but left in its wake much individual and family ruin as well as such disorder with other social maladies like sexual immorality and systemic racism, our society is teetering on the brink of collapse. While nothing I say will sway the most rabid, hardened feminists, I appeal in the name of Jesus Christ to any professed sisters in Him to realize it is a lie from Satan that God is not concerned for your proper advancement in this life.
The key word here is “proper.” Throughout the rest of Scripture God is seen stepping in to help females whether protecting them from the treachery of sinful men (Genesis 20; Numbers 27:1-11; Malachi 2:13-16; John 8:2-12), delivering them in dire circumstances (Genesis 21:1-21; Luke 7:11-17) or highly favoring them (Micah 6:4; Luke 1:26-38). And when it suited His purposes, in one case He advanced a female to rule over men for the sake of His people (Esther 4:13-17).2 However, as the unchanging rule of His order of mankind, God has not confused the issue by being so for females that He has reversed His righteousness on display from the beginning through the male as Federal Head and leaders of mankind (Genesis 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:2-12, 15:20-23, 45-49)!
Therefore, in a biblical worldview, males do not advance females by leading them into rebellion against God’s order of mankind. All men advance females generally when we treat them with dignity and protective care; “understanding” and “honor” as the valuable partners they are as wives in God’s mortal purposes for mankind (1 Peter 3:7, NKJV)! Christian husbands love our wives “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her;”3 loving them too, as we do our “own bodies.” Linking back to Adam’s understanding of his unique relation to his wife and famous exclamation the apostle Paul adds, “he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church,” (Ephesians 5:25, 28-29, NKJV).4
As I write in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, God expects females to use the natural skills He has given them to be faithful companions as wives and helpers as mothers in the home first.5 But just like the woman written about in Proverbs 31, He does not limit her to managing the home nor should any male. God blesses the enterprising woman who fears Him as she uses her natural and acquired skills (such as are obtained through a mother’s training or formal education) outside of the home for the benefit of her husband, family and the community. Putting herself last, her ambition is to honor God and her husband; bless him and her household. Personal satisfaction, contentment and joy come in accomplishing these things, not fighting God’s order (Proverbs 31:23).
1 Read the series of four posts presenting the value of women beginning April 22, 2018 with The Value Of Women To God that continue for the rest of that month into May,
concluding after Mother’s Day on May 20th. All posts in the series are under the category, God’s Creatures.
2 See the three-part post beginning April 18, 2021, Daughters Of This Age, under the category, God’s Creatures. The sovereign Creator can absolutely make an exception
to His own rule, not the creature! Also, please note that Esther’s promotion was not the result of her fulfilling an ambition or lust for authority over men to be a queen!
3 Does any professed Christian in his or hers right mind really believe that in Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for His Church He surrenders the Headship God assigned to Him
as Lord over her as a gesture of love and equality (John 17:20-26; Ephesians 2:22-23; Colossians 1:15-18)? No way! So, why are guilty professed Christian men thinking
themselves so noble toward their wives and females they surrender their divine election to lead? Those doing so are not hearing from God, but are greatly deceived by the
evil one since envy remains an eternally damning sin in His eyes (Proverbs 14:30; Romans 13:8-14; Galatians 5:19-21; James 3:13-18)!
4 If all males were treating females and our wives as I write here, then, none could deceive themselves about the demonically stirred source in sin of their ambition for all
things male. It would clearly stand out as the evil it is!
5 The book is available along with companion works The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study and Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study at your favorite internet
book seller and in the Strong Man Store.
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