I was reading a nice blog entry about ” The Man Zone” by Pastor James that goes into more to being a man than machismo, I appreciated that. I know that there is a certain amount of machismo in the job description but it doesn’t mean beating down every man who looks at your wife. There is a bit of machismo in everything that a man is required to do, it just isn’t recognized as such. These days Academia is preoccupied with feminizing boys instead of instilling right responsibilities. A good read on the subject is “Killing Adam” by Maya Emmett.
The Bible is pretty clear on a man’s responsibility, but sorry guys, it doesn’t mean you’re the big, bad, boss. Actually, you are a woman’s nurturer, provider, protector, shield, spiritual head, confidant, emotional support, wall. No, your job isn’t to be the recipient of everything a woman can give. Sorry to disillusion ya.
Which brings us to the subject at hand. I was blown away when I caught the truth behind Genesis 3. In Genesis 2 God created Adam and gave him authority over the Garden and everything in it. And God commanded Adam not to eat from the tree:
“15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.””
Then God created the woman and she was in the Garden.
So Adam was given the ultimate authority and passed that information on to Eve. He told Eve not to eat of the tree because that was his job, to tell her. There is no indication that God directly told Eve. And so they lived in the garden together.
After some time, along comes the serpent, “3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” and finds Eve and asks her the question, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ” Now remember, Adam told her, so we have some plausible deniability here, but she says, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” . So the crafty serpent, the Devil, playing on emotions, twists the words and says, 4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Well, if we’re not really going to die, why not. “6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” So manipulating a woman’s emotion brought sin into the world? Not really, a missed point here is this part, “ She also gave some to her husband, who was with her“. Adam was there with her all the time.
So what gives here. What was the first sin? (ok, theologians not welcome here at this point ;-) ) Adam knew right and wrong, he knew not to eat from the tree and he knew he was supposed to be taking care of his wife. He was supposed to step in and say “hey, whoa, God said no, period.” But instead he sat there, listened to the smooth words, chewed on them a bit, saw his wife reaching for the fruit. Instead of slapping her hand away he just let her take the fruit, said to himself, ” okay, let’s see if she dies” and let her take the risk. When she didn’t drop dead he thought, ” cool, I guess God was wrong on that one.” and then he ate. But here’s the point, eating the apple didn’t kill them, unbelief and disobedience did. Adam disobeyed, then Eve disobeyed, then their eyes were opened. Adam didn’t do his part and the both of them fell.
So here I am, I have a responsibility to tell you. No guys, don’t be blaming the woman and lording it over them. The onus is on you. It’s tough, and takes a bit of internal machismo. If God has given you the care of a woman, take responsibility, quit the machismo game, or the effeminate nicey, nicey, game and act like a man. God is calling you to be more accountable.
Now ladies, this doesn’t give you an out. We are all born into sin and only Jesus can redeem us. If someone is dropping the ball it’s still no excuse. God speaks to each of us individually, and only individually can we receive God’s grace and mercy. He calls each of us into repentance. If you haven’t received God’s grace through Jesus the Christ, now is the time, there is no better. Second chances are few and far between, this may be the only time you have to come to Jesus and receive the gift of life. He is waiting for you. Don’t blame someone else for dropping the ball…