Equal importance, different role

Equal importance, different role

written by Gerdina October 19, 2018

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

Today it is claimed that you must have the same role, otherwise, you are not equivalent. Yet this way of thinking is not Biblical. Let’s look at what our Father says about this.

Vitally important

 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

In our time and in our culture the word helper is often seen as inferior, yet that is not what the Hebrew word for helper means. In Hebrew, the word for “helper” used in Genesis 2 is “‘ēzer”, and it is always and only used in the Old Testament in the context of vitally important and powerful acts of rescue and support. In Psalm 121:1-2, the psalmist states, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my ‘ēzer come? My ‘ēzer comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” So, don’t think too lightly of the word helper!

“Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.” Matthew Henry.

One and equal

God said: It is not good for the man to be alone, this means that we are given together as a team, to complement one another, to build each other up, to have each other’s back. Genesis 2: 24 “They shall become one flesh”. We are one, just like Jesus and the Father are. John 10:30 “I and the Father are one” Jesus came to do the will of the Father. John 6:28 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” So, in the Trinity Jesus submitted to the Father and yet the Bible says that they are one and equal. This doesn’t make God Jesus any less than God the Father, there is only a difference in role.

As a man and a woman, we are equal, but not similar. We are different from each other and created for different roles.

Head and neck

God calls Adam first to account. The men is the head of his family, Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. This means to be a loving and serving Leadership role. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. We as women are the heart of the family and we are supposed to submit to our husband, like Ephesians 5:24 states.” Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything”.
Colossians 3:18-19 reiterates this concept. It says, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” From these verses we see that love and respect characterize the roles of both husbands and wives.

“The husband is the head of the home, and the wife is the neck. The neck supports the head, and helps the head to fulfill its duties.”

In Proverbs 31 we can read and learn of what the role of being a woman after Gods’ heart is. We read of her worth to her husband and family, how she cares for those who need her, how she provides for her family, protects them, and shares her strength with others. She fulfills her responsibilities with grace and strength.

She is worth more than rubies!


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