The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death
The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death
What was the curse of Man and Woman?
- Genesis 3:16-19, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
It is interesting to note that the first thing God did when he created man was to give him a job.
- Genesis 2:15, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
The first thing he did for the woman was to give her a relationship with her husband.
- Genesis 2:22-25, “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.”
It is in the man’s job that he is touched by the curse, and it is in woman’s relationship with her husband that she is touched.
The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death: Hierarchy of the Family
God also sets up the hierarchy of rule of the family. The man is to rule. (God is a God of order.) Although God sets man up as the ruler of his family – he is not to be a harsh task master as some believe, but an example of fidelity and love.
- Malachi 2:14-16, “Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”
- Ephesians 5:25-33, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
Godliness begins at home. God is very clear about man’s responsibility to his wife. It is not what others see outside the home that matters. It is what God sees within the home that is pleasing to God. Christian men need to flee from the lusts of the world and show piety and love and affection to their own wives. This is pleasing to God. How can we share the love of Christ to non-believers if we don’t show Christ’s love to our own families.
Men and women of God. Let us turn from our sins that have divided our homes and repent and again please our Lord Jesus Christ in showing piety and love to one another in our homes.
The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death: Physical Death
Finally physical death enters into the curse. God deals with the death of the body in Genesis 3:19.
- Genesis 3:19, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return to the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
God did not create man to be a temporary being. Man ultimately must face eternal salvation of the soul with great rewards through Jesus Christ, or eternal damnation. There are no other choices.
- Deuteronomy 11:26-28, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death: Commandments
What are the commandments of the Lord?
- Mark 12:29-31, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us turn from sin that besets us and turn to Christ that we receive a full reward.
Those who don’t know Christ. Repent from your sins and turn to Christ that you may be blessed with God’s people.
copyright 2009 J-me
The articles in this series are:
The Fall of Man – Two Special Trees: Part 1
The Fall of Man – The Garden of Eden: Part 2
The Fall of Man – Adam and the Command: Part 3
The Fall of Man – Earth and Names: Part 4
The Fall of Man – The Woman and Marriage: Part 5
The Fall of Man – The Serpent: Part 6
The Fall of Man – Sin: Part 7
The Fall of Man – Death: Part 8
The Fall of Man – Repentance: Part 9
The Fall of Man – Enmity Between Woman and Serpent: Part 10
The Fall of Man – The Curse of Man and Woman and Death: Part 11
The Fall of Man – The Covering: Part 12
The Fall of Man – Cheribims and the Flaming Sword: Part 13