To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
As I wrote yesterday there is always a price to pay for sin. Today and tomorrow we look at the price all of us pay for our sin nature. God first tells us what price the woman paid and by her sin all women. Tomorrow we look at the price Adam paid and by his sin all of us. This seems unfair that women got a double hit in this payment for sin but it was Eve who sinned first. The fact is we all got off light in these punishments. God was certainly in His right to just do away with us or at the very least make our punishment a lot harsher.
The Bible is silent on if Adam and Eve had any children before the fall so we have no knowledge if childbirth was painless at one time. What we know today is that it is extremely painful. I believe it is only the great love a mother has for her children as well as for her husband that she willingly goes through childbirth a second time. Even with all today’s modern medicine childbirth is still painful.
What God told Eve next was that Adam would rule over her. In fact she would desire Adam so much she would submit to this. So, how is this different than before the fall? Wasn’t Adam over Eve? Situationally yes, but that is different than ruling over someone. Adam was the final one responsible in their relationship and he was to make a final decision but with Eve’s input. After the fall men would begin to treat women as property. Once again sin would bring out our baser traits.
It is only after Jesus’ ministry and the spread of Christianity that gradually women would regain the co-equality with men. However, we still see the repression of women in non-Christian areas and Christian men are not immune to slipping back into an overlord mindset. Unfortunately it will only be in heaven that we will once again regain what was lost in the Garden.
So did God cause this to happen to women? No, humans were the cause. God allowed us to freely rebel against Him and some of the results are what we see in today’s verses.
Have a blessed day,