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Table of Contents
PREVIEW [JOB 32:9] ...........................................................................................4 INTRODUCTION [JOHN 1:3] .............................................................................6 THE CAUSE OF THE WOMAN [GENESIS 2:18] .........................................7 WHO IS A WOMAN [GENESIS 2:23] ........................................................... 12 I. I. II. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Mystery In Godliness .......................................................................... 14 In the Creative Plan............................................................................. 22 In Old Testament Times .................................................................... 24 Prominence of Women ................................................................ 24 Social Equality ................................................................................. 27 Marriage Laws ................................................................................. 29 Inheritance ........................................................................................ 31 Domestic Duties .............................................................................. 32 Dress and Ornaments ................................................................... 33 Religious Devotion and Service ................................................ 35 WHAT IS SHE [MATTHEW 22:30] .............................................................. 20
III. Inter-Testamental Era (Apocrypha) ............................................ 41 IV. In New Testament Times.................................................................. 43 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Mary and Elisabeth ........................................................................ 43 Jesus and Women ........................................................................... 44 In the Early Church ........................................................................ 47 Official Service ................................................................................. 48 Widows............................................................................................... 49
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6. V. 1. 2. 3. I. 1. 1. 2. 3. II. 1. 1. 2.
Deaconesses ..................................................................................... 50 Later Times ............................................................................................ 52 Changes in Character and Condition ...................................... 52 Notable Examples of Christian Womanhood ...................... 53 Woman in the 20th Century ...................................................... 55 Unique ...................................................................................................... 58 Unpredictable .................................................................................. 59 God’s Last Creation ........................................................................ 62 Emotionally Strong Inward ........................................................ 63 Virtuous .............................................................................................. 65 Oneness & Equality ............................................................................. 67 Human Right .................................................................................... 69 The Cause of Marriage.................................................................. 76 Questions & Answers! .................................................................. 90
SO WHAT [GENESIS 2:18].............................................................................. 57
III. Marriage .................................................................................................. 75
IV. Lost Identity ........................................................................................ 105 CONCLUSION [ECCLESIASTES 12:13] ................................................... 110 INDICES [ACTS 17:11] .................................................................................. 111
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there is no mysterious creature such as the woman. why concentrate on the woman only and not both genders? Among all the creation of God. Hypothesis The Mystery of the Woman Sample space is large Singled-out characters (specific) Synthesis
The Mystery of women… why the woman and not man? It is because women are unpredictable. which is not yet true. of course and no doubt about that. which she is but then the man will know everything about her. Why the topic on the woman and not man. Sample space is small 2. Generalized character 3. it has been proven through scriptures and modern science and sociology. This is what this book has to offer to the reader! The Mystery of Women 1. they are special! Why ‘mystery’ and not some other word like ‘masterpiece’? The word ‘masterpiece’ would reckon the woman as a perfect being. Complicated things can be understood some time but sophisticated things are always hard to be understood! Why ‘the mystery’ and not ‘a mystery’. the title of the book was The Mystery of Women. are you so sure that this book is definite and that it contains the absolute truth about the woman? Certainly.PREVIEW [JOB 32:9]
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. The other creatures are wonderful. This book is not just a revelation. after deliberation it has been changed to The Mystery of The Woman.
and are now. The handworks of God are searched out by scientists daily and yet the woman has never been fully known! Why ‘mystery’. Who is a woman? A woman. It is not worth just reading and informing yourself.
Glossary 1. she is no different from the man! Is this book worth it? Who benefits from this book? Both the woman and the man benefits from this book. is the woman that strange? Do you see her to be some spirit (strange) being with flesh that God has made in the earth? The title is not for any weird reason that she is beyond description. The English define woman as Womb-man. the woman is not a free-male to be disgraced. that makes her mysterious amongst the creatures. She is just a bit complicated as things were. John 2:3-5
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.one. You are transformed as you gain understanding so that you wisely apply what you read in your life. err… is a female who knows her role in circumstances pertaining to godliness and life . Thus.
Daniel 12:4 reads. they are right. O Daniel. man can never be known fully until the end of time. “But thou. the woman in particular. It does not address the woman and the state of her affairs in generations. They say something similar to 1 Corinthians 13:9-11 in their argument. and knowledge shall be increased. This book addresses the woman’s mysteriousness other than her person. They say. and seal the book. Weird enough. 2 Timothy 2:23-26
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. the woman appears to be strange because the man does not know what went into her making.” It is not true because you can know a man except that you may never understand him. Some have believed that it is never possible to understand man. The woman prefers to be known or seen as special. The woman claims to be special. To say my view. as even now they do strive for equality with men. Analyzing her specialty could be referred to as mysterious from the perspective of the man.the man was asleep whilst the woman was being made.
Glossary 1. shut up the words. The woman is a mysterious creation of God. This book does not address such argument but rather is vague . she feels being on top of the world. It is true enough to be true. even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro.INTRODUCTION [JOHN 1:3]
THE MYSTERY OF WOMEN addresses the status of the woman in the creation of God… almost everything about her.
it is a mystery! The dual man was not a hermaphrodite. It explains. Get this straight. There seems to be an ambiguity/ confusion of the personal pronouns in the Genesis 1:27. The woman was made but the female was created . God created the man in His own image.So God created man in his own image.e. man was one . in the image of God created he him. he lacked nothing . somewhat. Man was the only creature that could take the likeness of God. The dual man was created after the likeness of God. However. male and female created he them.THE CAUSE OF THE WOMAN [GENESIS 2:18]
By the heading ‘The cause’. a woman is not the same as a female. that would be understood of in a better sense soon. He is our Father in Heaven . and God is neither a hermaphrodite. please do not misconstrue. He (God) created him both the male and female. The man that God created in His image and likeness (Adam) was complete or perfect. to explain how the dual man was like. Adam was in the image of God and likeness. God saw no difference between the male and the female because THEY WERE ONE i. The female was created together with the male and they two constituted the man Adam. even as God produced Christ in a day . in His (God’s) image. It means that the dual (male and female) man henceforth was capable of reproducing by himself alone without the woman as it would glorify God. To translate. Do you know what that means? Him = Male + Female = Dual. why ‘it was not good for man to be alone’. it implies why the woman? There must have been a cause for the making of the woman. he would have been reproducing asexually – go and learn what that means! Page | 7
And God blessed them… The use of the conjunction ‘and’ denotes the fact that two different activities have been put together. how could God have blessed them instead of him? However.e. there is a semantic error. you would understand that Genesis 2 is a further exposition of the creation account in Genesis 1. any material that is composite is considered still as one member although it comprises two or more and that would make it an error. if there are lapses in Genesis 1. There is always a prologue to a drama and preview to a TV series – Page | 8
. So.It should not be strange. If the dual man is one. there is a demarcation of the topics (i. records of activities in chronology) in the Chapters 1 and 2. which happened different times. they should be covered by Genesis 2 and some other part of the scriptures. how different will it be for the man .
Some space of time expired between the verses 27 and 28 of Genesis 1 making room for the ambiguity to be rectified. The semantic error is taken away by the presence of ‘and’. There is no sense in the statement (semantic). Conjunctions are used in linking two separate statements. The ambiguity is in Genesis 1:27-28. and the man is in the likeness of God.…male and female created he them…. The cause of the woman still has not been answered! Taking Genesis 1:26 & 27. the ‘God saw that it was not good for man to be alone’ story fills up that space. except that the subject matter of Genesis 1 creation of the earth could not include the detailed Genesis 2 creation of man. If your Bible has a commentary or some kind of footnote too. if God produced His Son in a day . what happened? If you have a good study bible. It would not have been laborious for Adam to deliver because but the sons of God [d] are exempted . You would ask. Therefore. This does not make the word of God vulnerable.
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. Excuse me. Something will not be right! It would have been a tautology for God to create another dual man and glorify (bless) him when one already existed. It is not good that the man should be alone. A good husband smells or tastes to see how good a soup is before he consumes it! He does not finish the soup and then complain of how bad it tastes.
The whole cause of the woman starts from Genesis 2:7. the woman which some claim to be the dual man’s assistant would have been hopeless. In spite of the fact that God felt the need to make an assistant for the dual man. I beg your pardon.it is a rule. the assistant supposedly could have been any creation. if God chose to. in the context of what had before transpired. I will explain! The assistant could have been a man. an archangel could not co-habit with God. and He could have been a dual man too. If it is possible. If Lucifer. I do not seek to undermine the being of the woman. at least. what would not have happened to the Adams on earth? So the best option was to separate the dual man into distinct male and female part.And the LORD God said. What am I saying. the account of creation has been rearranged in chronological order with respect to this subject matter [b]. God’s original intention was not to make a woman for the dual man when the dual man could reproduce by himself. that makes some sense. God did just that by putting the dual man to sleep so He could take the ‘rib of feminine’ to make a woman. When this verse is understood of. I will make him an help meet for him. It would have been a chaos because two gods (men) would have been reigning on earth. the woman was not made for marriage. Marriage was instituted because of the making of the woman but. it has nothing to do with marriage as some preach.
If on the other hand.-
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. Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God chose to make the woman just a reflection (image) of the dual man. she will not have made any impact in creation. to assist him. how much more man whom I have left alone to reign in earth. The consequence is in Genesis 2:16-17. Satan surely would want to overrule him even as He tried it towards Me”. these thoughts were bothering to the mind of the Spirit . God’s wisdom opted for a parakletos for the dual man [c] – when He is away  – so that he (the dual man) does not flaw. God had just given a commandment and giving a second thought of the consequences.e. Lucifer could not be trusted even when he was with Me in heaven. thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. kill and destroy Adam. i.And the LORD God commanded the man. He realized it would be devastating for man. And God would have thought it not good for her to be alone too and made her a maid… that is foolishness! God is a perfect God and He gives His creation the best. saying. “what if man disobeys Me. Why the surgery on dual man to make a woman? The answer to this question answers the cause for the creation of women. This is because the dual man would have been reproducing asexually but the woman would be alone and lonely.
It will be ‘death’ for man if he ate the fruit of the tree. So God takes the first step by warning Adam from the devil in Genesis 2:15. For those of you who do not know the story. There must be a quick action before Satan sets in to steal. Man is born with every blessing to affect his generation(s) . He thinks of good things for man’s comfort.
only had to be taken from the dual man so that they could be now distinct physically. God cursed neither Eve nor Adam. Humanity would have been corrupted forever. one could help the other in weakness . Isaiah 66:7
7. So the woman was made. she was not created because she was existing in the dual man as Adam. for him to give names to them and God monitored him. Genesis 1:26a. 8. The dual man chanced to feel how it is to be god (or like God). and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 3:16. 11. The female was exercising equal authority over the naming of the animals in the dual man. This is the cause of the creation of the woman! The woman was chosen because she was the best option to not only assist the man spiritually (in temptation).
Glossary 1. Animals were brought to Adam. Exodus 1:19. 10. Isaiah 66:6-8 6. Imagine the dual man being alone and falling for instance? There would not be any remedy of whatever sort for mankind.
Genesis 1:28-30 Genesis 3:8 Ezekiel 28:11-19 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Genesis 3:15
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. Matthew 6:9 5. and now that she has been redeemed. 27 2. Eve was punished and Adam was indirectly cursed! Science have researched and published that the mother’s blood does not mix with the child’s blood. There was the need for a pure seed to be preserved for the coming of the Messiah. 9. but emotionally. They being distinct. That is God making provision for His pure seed . She (the female). The cause of the woman! Her status has not changed since. Genesis 1:31a 3. when she was in the dual man. maybe Christ could. Hebrews 1:5 4.And the LORD God took the man.
as Adam defined her.
She is the
However. The underlined phrase spells out the woman: She is a product of man. the woman is a perfection of the man. Adam’s naming of Eve was mere/ meager. To say. The first form is the feminine of ‘' ysh = individual man or male person’ or ‘'enosh = ordinary/ mortal man’. which feminists never want to hear and agree to. The woman is the glory of the man to be precise character of the man and she pleases him. meaning a woman and is often unexpressed in English. The woman is not a man with a womb. The second form is an irregular plural. God considers the female (woman) as man [e]. it does not delve into the actual status of the woman.
. because she was taken out of Man. To know somebody is to know the name of the person .
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. bones do not live except when resurrected by the power of God . that definition only holds in the English Language. we get to know the meaning of the ‘woman’.And Adam said.WHO IS A WOMAN [GENESIS 2:23]
Who is a woman? I may not give an acronym-ated definition of the woman. The woman is not a rib. therefore. So Adam further explained in Genesis 2:23. Names tell of people’s attitudes. The Hebrew rendering for woman in Genesis 2:13’s context is ‘'ishshah’ or ‘nash ym’. This is now bone of my bones. Ribs are just bones with marrow and tissues in them. she is not some lost bone as some men say literally. and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman.
‘minn y’ or ‘minney’ appears in front of the noun ‘man’. So the usage of the dual man is not a false teaching at all. would only last in this world. others had men to support them.e. The entire struggle. that adverb is not translatable in the English language. For some reason of ambiguity in the translations. This is now bone of my bones. the word ‘man’ used in that text is different from other usage of the same word. minn y or minney” man was composite until the woman (the feminine part) was made from him. because she was taken out of the part [h] of man! I am not trying to reform the identity of the woman. The woman is what she thinks she is. The adverb qualified the man as “a part of. Her name would not be heard of in the world to come because she would be rejoined to the man she came from . she would know who she is and where she fits in the earth’s faculty. (prepositionally) from or out of”. Some women have made it to their full status by their own effort.
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. ‘minn y’ or ‘minney’ i. the “min.And Adam said. the adverb ‘min’.The intended identity of the woman is that she came from man . When the Hebrew text is consulted concerning Genesis 2:23b. we shall even look at ‘what the woman is’ in the next chapter soon. which the woman is fighting for. As for her creation. she is man and equal or one with him. only men upon the earth can make her know her identity better . For a fact. The Hebrew text qualified the word man with ‘min’. and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman. if only the woman will consider her making. Its omission does not give the reader the full meaning of that statement. To rephrase Genesis 2:23. Nonetheless.
God is the God of the living like Abraham. What is the use of the solution when the problem is solved in biblematics? There will not be sin in the new earth and so man will not need the woman to assist him. there is no difference between ‘1 + 1’ and ‘2’ except for the sign ‘=’ in between the two expressions. Refer to this biblematical equation I have made.Taking the woman = womb-man . Rachel. Jacob . they explain the above paragraph.(2) 
From eqns. If 1 + 1 = 2. Amen. Isaac.I. The ‘=’ sign implies the earth. I neither said ‘God is the God of the man like Abraham. I am not discriminating.
MYSTERY IN GODLINESS
God is not the God of the woman like Sarah. The woman was made for solution to this earth’s temporary problem. Isaac. substituting by elimination Man = Adam (male + female) --.(3) 
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. The definition of the dual man would be put in place in the new earth.(1)  living spirit (last Adam) --.
The senses of eqns.. there are few exceptions but it does not change the rule! The only woman who was to be remembered as commanded by Jesus was even to be commemorated within this world (time frame) .
But soul = spirit [i] Woman = spirit – spirit ...
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Substituting eqn. in this world only because she is separated (distinct) from the man It is weird.. living (spirit – soul)..But male = man Woman = living spirit – man . The woman has a lost identity.. (5) can be read in two different senses. The woman is part of the living: in this world and the next 2.(5)
From functions. ...(6) spirit – soul.. Either woman Or woman = = living ... Woman = or woman = soul – soul
0 . no part of prophecy in the scriptures made mention of the woman in the world to come..·... We see them on this earth but where will they be in the next world? It may answer the reason why the woman takes the surname of the man she is married to. (1) into eqn. (6) and (7) are. 1. (4) Woman => Woman = = living spirit – living soul.
you can even look around for any minister you know and attest whether their wives don’t die before them! The whole matter is that the female is a man or son before God [a]. This is the understanding. her spirit is even from the man that she came out from. his or her spirit goes back to God who gave it . women have be seen in hell in so many encounters (occasions) – they are even Satan’s agents – but never has anyone seen a woman in paradise! However. there is a BUT in ‘husbands dying before wives’. The BUT is that this dogma does not hold for some committed men of God (ministers). ‘tis mystery . it is a mystery! It is that simple and it explains somewhat why husbands perish before their wives. she is also a seed of Abraham. she is joined to the man she came from and go back to God who gave the spirit. Judah’s wife will be glorified if Judah himself is glorified and he is . the woman may be waiting for him. If the woman is just the man’s helper it would make no difference because she could live on her own. Every man dies after fulfilling his or her purpose. but when it is vice versa… even the husbands do not live long after their wives die before them. Mary would be glorified if her husband. The fact is that God took (made) her from the man … are you thinking what I am thinking! So if she dies. every man has an assignment (purpose). Marriage will no longer be prominent because the saints will be Christ’s bride !
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. Jesus had an assignment and he died after fulfilling it. Joseph is glorified because she is joined to him: they are one flesh. So Sarah would be glorified when Abraham is glorified because she is joined to him. According to spiritual intelligences. It is usual. Consider Ezekiel whose wife died of stroke .To make my point clear so it can sink deep into the woman. Who is a woman. and what’s her purpose? Genesis 2:18 tells us of the woman’s purpose as the man’s helper (assistant). the woman is found in the man whom God took out from and that is to say that.
I do not know how true that is for you! The woman can only know herself or stature by the man she clings. the discrimination which you have been thinking all this while. (3).. From eqns. (8) is the dual man. we can do a crosscheck from the previous calculations. (9) in the ‘SO WHAT’ chapter! The man and his wife (the woman) are one and equal! Page | 17
. she is also a fool and indeed. she will be a fool. (3). if a woman joins herself to fools.·.....(9)  = Adam (male + female)
It somewhat explains that man is not man without the female joined to him.. => . they can only find their identity in the man whom they are joined to. this is truth . man Man = = male 1 . To prove.. Male + female = 1 .. Do not misunderstand this. woman! The man in eqn. (8).(8)  = = male + female 0
Since man is one. There is a proverb that ‘women like foolish men’. (3) & (7).What this mystery unfolds to women is that. Man Comparing it to eqn. refer to eqn. It clears then. From eqn. You will get to know about the mystery of eqn. it implies he can live alone. This is a sure warning. Man Woman But female = woman.
The unmarried woman (virgin) can identify herself by attaching herself to God. she must be prepared to bear it . he is one with Him .his express image. But in heaven the man and his wife are seen! The only exception is Jesus Christ. Scientist have researched and known that married couples tend to look alike in physically. If the woman makes the wrong choice. Whatever the man does she too does because they are one flesh. You will know more about this in the ‘SO WHAT’ chapter. The Divine Marriage is between Christ (God) and the church. The Apostle Paul gives another instance of a marriage in 1 Corinthians 6:17. the wife – not the unmarried woman – is not right with God either. Jesus explains that he cannot do anything except what he sees the Father doing . because she is yoked to a mistaken man. Page | 18
. To be joined to the Spirit is a kind of marriage. she still bears some trait(s) of her probable husband (the man).But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Even when she is neither married nor in a relationship. union to say. If the man is not right with God. This is called Divine Marriage and is different from this earthly one proceeding between the man and woman . It is because he is joined to the Father.
I think that saved me a lot of pages and time to relay all those definitions coined by theologians and philosophists. the Son of the Living God. it is just that it is not evident in this earth. her Maker. and the man is the glory and image of God.Even the eunuchs who do not marry have a wife. The woman is the glory of the man.
Revelation 21:7 17. 17 22. 1 Corinthians 11:7 4. Matthew 22:31 8.Glossary 1. Matthew 26:13 7. 30 25. 1 Samuel 25:25 2. Revelation 21:9 21. Matthew 26:13 13. Mark 10:6-9 18. Matthew 22:30c 6. 1 Corinthians 15:45 11. Genesis 5:2 20. Genesis 1:27 12. John 1:12. Ezekiel 37:1-11 3. 1 Corinthians 11:8 5. Matthew 22:30. Ezekiel 24:16 16. John 5:19. 1 Samuel 25 24. Isaiah 54:5 23. Ecclesiastes 12:7 14. Genesis 2:21-22. Genesis 2:7 10. Genesis 2:22 15. Revelation 21:12 19. 1 Corinthians 6:16. Genesis 2:23 9. John 17:22
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Is she that special as she thinks of herself to be (not to ridicule)? To speak about the woman is voluminous and that is why they boast of being special. The man himself is complicated but not complex. We will only look up to God to tell us what happened in her someday. not by God and neither by man. family. The woman is the least criticized (spoken of) in the scriptures. The Christian woman has no problem in this. Her role in society. This extract has been given to let the woman know what she is capable of doing. She is never neglected. because she’s already redeemed! There is a sure word of prophecy concerning women in a time that they would be equally important as men in God’s service. how much more the woman. church. etc. Page | 20
.The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. This chapter ‘What Is She’ addresses all the status of the woman since the beginning. Their names are remembered for the step of faith they took in their time. apart from the virtuous ones. but the woman is sophisticated! It may be possible to understand a man’s ways and yet never know him. You will find some of them in Jesus’ genealogy . Here is an extract from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia on the general topic of the woman. Check Psalms 68:11 out. she has to overcome her problems/ challenges if she wants to rule with the man.WHAT IS SHE [MATTHEW 22:30]
What is the woman? What is her substance? What is she made of and capable of doing. I believe it speaks on behalf of all my troubles that I would have had to go through to make up the chapter.
So in Genesis 1:27. the latter word “them” defining “man” in the former clause. male or female.”
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. “God said.The generic term “man” includes woman. “in the image of God created he him. male and female created he them.. In the narrative of the creation  Adam is a collective term for mankind.” “them” being synonymous with “him. or humanity entire. and let them” . Let us make man . It may signify human being..
IN THE CREATIVE PLAN
Whatever interpretation the latest scholarship may give to the story of woman's formation from the rib of man , the passage indicates, most profoundly, the inseparable unity and fellowship of her life with his. Far more than being a mere assistant, “helper” (‛ ,עזרezer “help” “helper” ), she is man's complement, essential to the perfection of his being. Without her he is not man in the generic fullness of that term. PRIORITY of creation may indicate headship, but not, as theologians have so uniformly affirmed, superiority. Dependence indicates difference of function, not inferiority. Human values are estimated in terms of the mental and spiritual. Man and woman are endowed for equality, and are mutually interdependent. Physical strength and prowess cannot be rated in the same category with moral courage and the capacity to endure ill-treatment, sorrow and pain; and in these latter qualities woman has always proved herself the superior. MAN'S historic treatment of woman, due to his conceit, ignorance or moral perversion, has taken her inferiority for granted, and has thus necessitated it by her enslavement and degradation. The narrative of the Fall  ascribes to woman supremacy of influence, for through her stronger personality man was led to disobedience of God's command. Her penalty for such ill-fated leadership was that her husband should “rule over” her , not because of any inherent superiority on his part, but because of her loss of prestige and power through sin. In that act she forfeited the respect and confidence which entitled her to equality of influence in family affairs. Her recovery from the curse of subjection was to come through the afflictive suffering of maternity, for, as Paul puts it, “she shall be saved (from the penalty of her transgression) through her child-bearing” .
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Sin, both in man and woman, has been universally the cause of woman's degradation. All history must be interpreted in the light of man's consequent mistaken estimate of her endowments, worth and rightful place. The ancient Hebrews never entirely lost the light of their original revelation, and, more than any other oriental race, held woman in high esteem, honor and affection. Christianity completed the work of her restoration to equality of opportunity and place. Wherever its teachings and spirit prevail, she is made the loved companion, confidante and adviser of her husband.
Glossary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Genesis 1:26-27 Genesis 1:26 Genesis 2:21-24 Genesis 2:18 Genesis 3 Genesis 3:16 1 Timothy 2:15
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IN OLD TESTAMENT TIMES 1. PROMINENCE OF WOMEN
Under the Hebrew system, the position of woman was in marked contrast with her status in surrounding heathen nations. Her liberties were greater, her employments more varied and important, her social standing more respectful and commanding. The divine law given on Sinai required children to honor the mother equally with the father. Exodus 20:12;Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. A similar esteem was accorded her in patriarchal times. 1. Sarah held a position of favor and authority in Abraham's household. 2. Rebekah was not less influential than Isaac, and was evidently the stronger personality. The “beautiful” Rachel  won from Jacob a love that accepted her as an equal in the companionship and counsels of family life. MANY Hebrew women rose to eminence and national leadership. 1. Miriam and Deborah were each a prophetess and a poetess. The former led bands of women in triumphant song and procession, celebrating the overthrow of enemies. Exodus 15:20;And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. The latter, through her dominating personality and prophetic power, became the virtual judge of the nation and led armies to victory. Her military general, Barak, refused to advance Page | 24
And Barak said unto her. OTHER women eminent as prophetesses were: 1. and they that the king had appointed. whose counsel was sought by high priest and king . Huldah. beauty and fervor of religious devotion. Judges 4:8. Bath-sheba . Revelation 2:20.And Hilkiah. 2 Chronicles 34:22. merciless. self-styled prophetess.against Sisera without her presence and commanding influence. murderous. then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me. 2. the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath. keeper of the wardrobe. EVIDENCE of woman's eminence in the kingdoms of Judah and Israel is seen in the influence she exercised as queen mother  and queen . in intelligence. Her spiritual exaltation and poetic gift found expression in one of the choicest specimens of early Hebrew lyric poetry . to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication. No person in Israel surpassed Hannah. If thou wilt go with me. in the beautiful honor shown by King Solomon to his mother. (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect. in the constant mention of the mother's name in the Page | 25
. and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. then I will not go. because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel. idolatrous Jezebel. in the filial devotion of the prophet Elisha .Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee. the mother of Samuel. Noadiah  3. Her ode of victory indicates the intellectual endowment and culture of her sex in that unsettled and formative era . Anna . which calleth herself a prophetess. 2. the son of Hasrah. went to Huldah the prophetess. The power to which woman could attain in Israel is illustrated in the career of the wicked.
biographies of successive kings. while contempt for the same merited the curse of God . Her teaching and authority were sufficiently eminent to find recognition in the proverbs of the nation: “the law of thy mother”  was not to be forsaken. making it evident that she was considered the important and determining factor in the life of her royal sons.
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Additional evidence of woman's social equality comes from the fact that men and women feasted together without restriction. Chastity and modesty. fell-far below the Hebrew conception of woman's preeminent worth. The custom was non-Jewish in origin. Rebekah . the choice inheritance of Hebrew womanhood. The greatest Hellenic philosophers declared that it would radically disorganize the state for wives to claim equality with their husbands. Socrates and Demosthenes held them in like depreciation. Even Greece and Rome. Hannah  appeared in public and before suitors with uncovered faces. as Sarah did in the court of Egypt. in the fellowship of the family meal . in wedding festivities . They could appear. Distinguished men. 3. Rachel . like Metullus and Care. advocated marriage only as a public duty. THE secluding veil was introduced into Mohammedan and other oriental lands through the influence of the Koran. in early times. unveiled . Plato advocated community of wives. and disappeared from Rome when Greek culture and frivolity entered. at the time of their supreme culture. were foreign to the Greek conception of morality. intermediate between freemen and slaves. The Greeks made the shameless Phryne the model of the goddess Aphrodite. ARISTOTLE considered women inferior beings. in Assyria and Egypt. Women shared 1. 2. and lifted their hands to public prostitutes when they prayed in their temples. in the sacred meals and great annual feasts . Substantially the same views prevailed in Rome. Page | 27
.2. and the monuments make. More honor was shown the courtesan than the wife. it evident that it did not prevail.
UNDER pagan culture and heathen darkness woman was universally subject to inferior and degrading conditions. especially in the court of Solomon and of subsequent kings. The lapses of Hebrew morality.
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. occurred through the borrowing of idolatrous and heathen customs from surrounding nations . Every decline in her status in the Hebrew commonwealth was due to the incursion of foreign influence.
to the growing disregard of the sanctity of marriage. The moral decline of the generations antedating the Flood seems to have been due. MARRIAGE LAWS
The Bible gives no sanction to dual or plural marriages. chiefly. Concubinage in Israel was an importation from heathenism. to the desire for children. Its free extension to include any marital infelicity met the stern rebuke of Jesus. saving for the cause of fornication. and should be granted only in case of adultery. The subsequent record ascribes marital infidelity and corruption to sin. and indicated a higher regard for woman than prevailed in Gentile or other Semitic races .3. Lamech's taking of two wives  is the first recorded infraction of the divine ideal. The laws of Moses regarding chastity protected the sanctity of marriage. Matthew 5:32. They sought to safeguard her from the sensual abominations prevalent among the Egyptians and Canaanites . Kings were forbidden to “multiply wives” . That whosoever shall put away his wife. The narrative in Genesis 2:18-24 indicates that monogamy was the divine ideal for man. and affirms that the destruction of the race by the Flood and the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah were God's specific judgment on man's immorality.
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. By Noah's time polygamy had degenerated into promiscuous interracial marriages of the most incestuous and illicit kind . and are not to be traced to divine consent or approval.But I say unto you. chiefly. The dual marriages of the Patriarchs were due. causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Divorce was originally intended to protect the sanctity of wedlock by outlawing the offender and his moral offense. who declared that at the best it was a concession to human infirmity and hardness of heart.
And they called Rebekah. Wilt thou go with this man? And she said. while under age. I will go. Jewish tradition declares that a girl over 12 1/2 years of age had the right to give herself in marriage. could be annulled by the father  or by the husband . Genesis 24:58. Vows made by a daughter. Whenever civil law made a concession to the customs of surrounding nations. as in granting the father power to sell a daughter into bondage. and said unto her.
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. it sought to surround her with all possible protection .Hebrew women were granted a freedom in choosing a husband not known elsewhere in the East.
a century or more before Christ. it took the form of a settlement upon the wife and was considered obligatory. were to be cared for by the eldest son . The bride's dowry. They were not permitted.And of the priests: the children of Habaiah. which took one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife. Provision for woman under the ancient Mosaic Law was not inferior to her status under English law regarding landed estates. INHERITANCE
The Mosaic Law prescribed that the father's estate. was intended as a substitute for her share in the family estate.
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. to alienate the family inheritance by marrying outside their own tribe . and was called after their name.4. the children of Barzillai. not provided for in the father's will. should pass to the daughters . in case there were no sons. at marriage. Nehemiah 7:63. Such alien marriages were permissible only when the husband took the wife's family name. IN rabbinical law. UNMARRIED daughters. however. the children of Koz.
invited and received guests (Judges 4:18. Women ground the grain (Matthew 24:41). 5. She often tended the flocks . extensive. DOMESTIC DUTIES
Among the Hebrews. 4. 2 Samuel 13:8. 3. Her domestic duties were more independent. and made the clothing of the family . healthful. Hebrew women enjoyed a freedom that corresponds favorably with the larger liberties granted them in the Christian era. 2. 6. 7. and to charity . 2 Kings 4:8-10).
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.5. John 12:2). Spun the wool. varied and honorable. women administered the affairs of the home with a liberty and leadership unknown to other oriental peoples. She was not the slave or menial of her husband. John 4:7). 1 Samuel 25:18ff. Contributed by her weaving and needlework to its income and support . for guests and even for their camels (Genesis 24:15-20). prepared the meals (Genesis 18:6. 1. Drew water for household use (1 Samuel 9:11. Her outdoor occupations were congenial.
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. Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee. THESE prophetic reproofs do not necessarily indicate general conditions. amulets. and hold it. Isaiah 3:16. consisting of loose flowing robes. pendants.Take the millstones. shawl and veil . mufflers.Moreover the LORD saith. ankle chains. and still in vogue among Orientals. crescents. headtires. and laid it on her: and she went into the city. make bare the leg. Because the daughters of Zion are haughty. bracelets.” that they may be better able to “grind meal” and attend to the other womanly duties of the home. and making a tinkling with their feet: He bids them “remove (the) veil. THE extensive wardrobe and jewelry of Hebrew women is suggested by the catalogue given in Isaiah 3:18-24 : anklets. and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes. perfume-boxes. rings. walking and mincing as they go. strip off the train. cauls. pass over the rivers. but exceptional tendencies to extravagance and excess. as among the Moslems. and grind meal: uncover thy locks. similar to those worn by men. The ordinary dress of women was modest and simple.Also he said. And when she held it. sashes. Isaiah 47:2. was not worn for seclusion. DRESS AND ORNAMENTS
That women were fond of decorations and display in ancient as in modern times is clear from the reproof administered by the prophet for their haughtiness and excessive ornamentation. The veil. chiefly the mantle.6. he measured six measures of barley. however. uncover the thigh. Ruth 3:15.
The elaborateness of this ornamentation throws light on the Apostle Peter's counsel to Christian women not to make their adornment external. turbans. 4. even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. But let it be the hidden man of the heart. hand-mirrors. the braiding of the hair. veils. and of wearing of gold.robes. in that which is not corruptible. e. the putting on of showy apparel. the wearing of jewels of gold. 1 Peter 3:3.Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair. which is in the sight of God of great price. or of putting on of apparel. but rather the apparel of a meek and quiet spirit.
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. fine linen. shawls.g. mantles. satchels.
As wife. RELIGIOUS DEVOTION AND SERVICE
The reflections cast upon woman for her leadership in the first transgression  do not indicate her rightful and subsequent place in the religious life of mankind.7. she has been preeminently devout and spiritual. mother. History records. sad and striking exceptions to this rule.
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. sister. however.
(1) IN IDOLATRY AND FALSE RELIGION Often woman's religious intensity found expression in idolatry and the gross cults of heathenism. That she everywhere participated freely in the religious rites and customs of her people is evident from the fact that women were often priestesses, and were often deified. The other Semitic religions had female deities corresponding to the goddesses of Greece and Rome. In the cult of Ishtar of Babylon, women were connected with the immoral rites of temple-worship. The women of heathen nations in the harem of Solomon turned the heart of the wise king to unaccountable folly in the worship of the Sidonian goddess Ashtoreth, and of Chemosh and Molech, in turn the “abomination” of Moab and Ammon ). 1 Kings 11:1;But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; The fatal speller Maacah morally blighted the reigns of her husband, son and grandson, until Asa the latter deposed her as queen and destroyed the obscene image of Asherah which she had set up. As “queen mother” (gebh rah, “leader”) she was equivalent to the Turkish Sultana Valide. 1 Kings 15:13;And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. Baal-worship was introduced into Israel by Jezebel , and into Judah by her daughter Athaliah . The prominence of women in idolatry and in the abominations of foreign religions is indicated in the writings of the prophets . Their malign influence appeared in the sorceress and witch, condemned to death by the Mosaic Law yet continuing through the nation's entire history. Exodus 22:18;Page | 36
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Even kings consulted them . The decline and overthrow of Judah and Israel must be attributed, in large measure, to the deleterious effect of wicked, worldly, idolatrous women upon their religious life.
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(2) IN SPIRITUAL RELIGION The bright side of Hebrew history is an inspiring contrast to this dark picture. Prior to the Christian era no more luminous names adorn the pages of history than those of the devout and eminent Hebrew women. 1. Jochebed, the mother of Moses, left upon him a religious impress so vital and enduring as to safeguard him through youth and early manhood from the fascinating corruptions of Pharaoh's Egyptian court  2. In Ruth, the converted Moabitess, the royal ancestress of David and of Jesus, we have an unrivaled example of filial piety, moral beauty and self-sacrificing religious devotion  3. The prayers and piety of Hannah, taking effect in the spiritual power of her son Samuel, penetrated, purified and vitalized the religious life of the entire nation Literature contains no finer tribute to the domestic virtues and spiritual qualities of woman than in the beautiful poem dedicated to his gifted mother by King Lemuel . 1. Women, as well as men, took upon themselves the selfrenouncing vow of the Nazirite , 2. and shared in offering sacrifices, as in the vow and sacrifice of Manoah's wife ; 3. were granted theophanies, e.g. Hagar , Sarah , Manoah's wife ; 4. were even permitted to “minister” at the door of the sanctuary ; 5. rendered conspicuous service in national religious songs and dances ; 6. in the great choirs and choruses and processionals of the Temple ; 7. in religious mourning .
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thou. as is indicated by the law requiring their attendance. Deuteronomy 12:18.But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose.
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. and thy daughter. and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto. and thy manservant. and thy maidservant.They shared equally with men in the great religious feasts. and thy son.
1 Kings 16:31. 1 Samuel 1:13 20. 1 Timothy 2:14 46. Ezra 2:65. Proverbs 19:26. Genesis 21:17 57. Exodus 38:8. 1 Samuel 18:6-7 61. Genesis 4:19 22. 14 56. 24:7 49. Jeremiah 7:18. Deuteronomy 16:11. Proverbs 31:14. Psalms 68:25. Numbers 27:1-8 30. Genesis 24:16. Genesis 31:14-15 40. Proverbs 31:19. 32. Judges 13:13. Numbers 30:3-5 27. Genesis 29:11 19. Genesis 16:7.Glossary 1. Genesis 6:1-4 23. 17 13. Exodus 35:26. 23 45. Judges 5 3. 1 Kings 2:19 10. 9 59. 2 Kings 8:18 9. Exodus 2:1-10. Genesis 29:17 2. Isaiah 3:22. 2 Kings 22:14 5. 24 43. 30:11. Numbers 6:2 55. 14 14. Deuteronomy 17:17 26. Ezekiel 8:14 50. Numbers 30:6-16 28. Ruth 1:15-18 53. Deuteronomy 22:16ff 29. Exodus 2:16
41. John 2:1-3 15. Genesis 29:6. 13. Judges 13:3-5. Nehemiah 6:14 6. Numbers 36:6-9 31. Judges 11:34. Exodus 15:20. 2 Chronicles 22:3. 1 Samuel 28:7-14 51. 20:20. Proverbs 31 54. 1 Kings 19:20 11. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 4. Acts 9:39 44. Genesis 3:6. 1 Kings 11:1-8 21. 16. Nehemiah 7:67 62. 14 17. 1 Kings 15:13 8. 1 Kings 11:5-8 47. Proverbs 1:8. Genesis 12:11. Hebrews 11:23-26 52. 1Kings 18:19. 6:20 12. John 12:3 16. 1 Samuel 2:22 60. Genesis 18:9-10 58. 2 Corinthians 11:3. Leviticus 18:6-20 24. Mark 5:38
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. Leviticus 18 25. 2 Kings 9:22 48. Jeremiah 9:17-20. Luke 2:36 7. 1 Samuel 2:19 42. compare Genesis 24:65 18.
Anna is a beautiful example of wifely devotion. Edna. until sight and prosperity were both restored . When Nebuchadnezzar sent his general Holofernes with an army of 132. a rich young widow. ardent patriotism. she beheaded him in his tent. poetic fervor. Visiting holofernes. akin in its triumphant joy. innocent of their death. worldly ambition. Sarah. celebrated in Hebrew lore as the savior of her nation. these portrayals are true to the feminine life of that era. after the loss of his property and in his blindness. and sometimes a strange combination of these contradictory moral qualities. which had been compassed by the evil spirit Asmodeus.III. Judith celebrates her triumph in a song. Tobit. or rounded on fact. paralyzed by the loss of their leader. Judith. wife of Raguel of Ecbatana and mother of Sarah. Whether fictitious.
INTER-TESTAMENTAL ERA (APOCRYPHA)
The women portrayed in the apocryphal literature of the Jews reveal all the varied characteristics of their sex so conspicuous in Old Testament history: devout piety. By her faith and hard toil she supported her husband. who had hitherto been cursed on the night of wedlock by the death of seven successive husbands . or historical. easily fell a prey to the armies of Israel. was devoutly and ardently patriotic. she felt called of God to be their deliverer. While he was excessively drunk with the wine of his own bounty. she so captivated him with her beauty and gifts that he made a banquet in her honor. The Assyrians. at last had the reward of her faith in the joys of a happy marriage . political intrigue. made her maternal love and piety conspicuous in the blessing bestowed on Tobias on the occasion of his marriage to her daughter.000 men to subjugate the Jews. Page | 41
The daughter of righteous parents. She married successively for political power. Joachim by name. Susanna typifies the ideal of womanly virtue. devout and withal very beautiful. Tobit 1:9. murdered her eldest son Seleucus. she attracted the notice of two elders. 14:13 Judith 16:1-17 1 Maccabees 10:58
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. his fame and her innocence became widely known.patriotic fervor and religious zeal. to the ancient songs of Miriam and Deborah . Her fatal influence is a striking example of the perverted use of woman's power .
Glossary 1. 10:12 Tobit 10:10. 2:1-14 Tobit 7. and at last dies by the poison which she intended for her younger son. She spurned their advances and when falsely charged by them with the sin which she so successfully resisted. well instructed in the sacred Law. the wife of a rich and honorable man. 4. who were also judges. Antiochus VIII. Cleopatra. As a result. by Demetrius. 2. is influential in the counsels of kings. she escapes the judgment brought against her. Exceptionally modest. by the subtle skill of Daniel. 3. she was richly blessed in position and person. 5. full of inherited intrigue. and who took occasion frequently to visit Joachim's house.
The fact that he himself was born of woman has been cited to her praise in the ecumenical creeds of Christendom. and noblest ideals of her race were epitomized. In her the religious teachings.IV. THE two dispensations were brought together in the persons of Elisabeth and Mary: the former the mother of John the Baptist. Both are illustrious examples of Spiritguided and Spirit-filled womanhood. as mother of Jesus.” made after generations call her blessed . and her training of her divine child. on their human side. MARY AND ELISABETH
A new era dawned for woman with the advent of Christianity. purity and beauty of character. The story of Mary's intellectual gifts. the church universal is indebted for its earliest and most majestic hymn. the Magnificat. Luke's narrative of the tivity  has thrown about motherhood the halo of a new sanctity. prophetic hopes.
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. lifted her from her “low estate. and made the world's literature the vehicle of the same lofty reverence and regard. the latter the mother of the long-expected Messiah.
IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES 1. spiritual fervor and exalted thankfulness as expectant mother of the Messiah. The honor conferred upon Mary. TO her poetic inspiration. in the qualities of his own mother. given mankind a more exalted conception of woman's character and mission. and to the uplift and ennoblement of family life. Jesus' reverence for woman and the new respect for her begotten by his teaching were well grounded. spiritual exaltation. has been an inestimable contribution to woman's world-wide emancipation. the last of the old order of prophets. and carried its benediction to the women of all subsequent times.
which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities. and many others. Mary called Magdalene. and in his raising their dead . in his preaching tours from city to city. witnessed his crucifixion . Luke 8:3. some. like Joanna the wife of Chuzas. grateful because healed of their moral infirmities. 1. women were responsive to his teachings and devoted to his person. were first at the tomb on the morning of his resurrection . 3. 4. before unknown in all the history of their sex. 5. WOMEN followed him on his last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. The sisters of Lazarus. 6. made their home at Bethany. and were the first to whom the risen Lord appeared . Mothers had occasion to rejoice in his blessing their children . accompanied his body to the sepulcher . to minister to his needs. Page | 44
. Luke 8:2. his dearest earthly refuge and resting-place. Mary and Martha. and Susanna.2. Even those who were ostracized by society were recognized by him. and Susanna.And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward. prepared spices and ointments for his burial . on the basis of immortal values. out of whom went seven devils. JESUS AND WOMEN
From the first. ministered to Him on the way to Calvary . like Mary Magdalene. with the Twelve. which ministered unto him of their substance. 2. Others.And certain women. THEY accompanied him. Women of all ranks in society found in him a benefactor and friend. and restored to a womanhood of virtue and Christian devotion .
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. Mary the mother of James and Joses. They. and with his brethren. were among the 120 who continued in prayer in the upper room and received the Pentecostal enduement. which told these things unto the apostles. and of men. Acts 17:12. and Mary the mother of Jesus. Joanna and other unnamed women . Salome . with the women. The Jewish enemies of the new faith sought their aid and influence in the persecutions raised against Paul and Barnabas. and Joanna. and to all the rest. suffered equally with men in the early persecutions of the church . Acts 13:50. 22. They were among the first Christian converts .Among those thus faithful and favored were Mary Magdalene. and Mary the mother of James. and told all these things unto the eleven.And returned from the sepulchre. Luke 24:9-10. including the mother of Jesus. also of honourable women which were Greeks.Therefore many of them believed. WOMEN had the honor of being the first to announce the fact of the resurrection to the chosen disciples.But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women. which were early at the sepulchre. While women of equal rank among the Greeks became ardent and intelligent believers. and the chief men of the city. Acts 1:14. and expelled them out of their coasts.These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication. and certain women also of our company made us astonished. Yea. It was Mary Magdalene. and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas. not a few. and other women that were with them.
typifies their spiritual devotion in the activities and enterprises of the church of the 20th century.The fidelity of women to Jesus during his three years' ministry.
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. and at the cross and sepulcher.
whose “faith unfeigned” and ceaseless instructions from the holy Scriptures  gave him the most “beloved child” and assistant in his ministry. inasmuch as Paul in the closing salutations of his Epistles sends greetings to at least eight prominent in Christian activity: Phoebe.” Tryphena and Tryphosa. like Mary the mother of John.3. Their faith and prayers helped to make Pentecost possible . Persis. and as Paul's “fellow-worker in Christ” . foremost in prayer. Prisca. spiritual devotion and fidelity in teaching the Word of God. in the activities of the early church. whose hospitality made a home for Paul and a meeting-place for the infant church . The daughters of Philip were prophetesses . Mary “who bestowed much labor on you. The church at Rome seems to have been blessed with a goodly number of gifted and consecrated women. grandmother and mother of Timothy. were recipients of the charismatic gifts of Christianity. IN THE EARLY CHURCH
Women were prominent.” and instructor of Apollos . as in the case of Dorcas. in charity and good deeds . as truly as men. and the sister of Nereus . The first convert in Europe was a woman. Julia.
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. TO no women did the great apostle feel himself more deeply indebted than to Lois and Eunice. Their names have been conspicuous in Christian history for maternal love. from the first. who assembled the disciples at her home to pray for Peter's deliverance . Lydia of Thyatira. Priscilla is equally gifted with her husband as an expounder of “the way of God. WOMEN. They were eminent. The apostolic greetings in the Epistles give them a place of honor.
Even though he bases his argument for woman's keeping silence in public worship on Adam's priority of creation and her priority in transgression .” “a helper of many” and of himself also. religious devotion and spiritual enduement make it evident that she is often as truly called of God to public address and instruction as man. It is evident in the New Testament and in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers that women.4. ability. OFFICIAL SERVICE
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. Those women who “labored with me in the gospel”  undoubtedly participated with him in preaching. were assigned official duties in the conduct and ministrations of the early church. grace. possibly because some women had been offensively forward in “usurping authority over the man” . women held official positions of influence in the church. through the agency of two ecclesiastical orders. scholarship. Her culture. Phoebe  was evidently a deaconess. Later on. the apostle used his authority to revoke this privilege. modern scholarship unhesitatingly affirms that his prohibition was applicable only to the peculiar conditions of his own time. whom Paul terms “a servant of the church.
” Other special duties. having “washed the saints' feet. e. instruction of women. The spiritual nature of the office is indicated by its occupant being variously termed “the intercessor of the church”. the superintendence of the rest of the women. and ordained by the laying on of hands.” at public service.”
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. visiting the sick. and assigned them ecclesiastical duties. katalego. She must be “well reported of for good works”. and taking them the communion. having “brought up children”. No widow should be “enrolled” ( .” Chrysostom and Tertullian make mention of this order. included prayer and fasting. preparing them for baptism. “catalogued. having “used hospitality to strangers”. “the keeper of the door. “the altar of God. clad in a vestis vidualis (“widow's garments”). Dean Alford says they “were vowed to perpetual widowhood. hospitable.5. This institution was abolished by the eleventh Canon of the council of Laodicea. mentioned by the Church Fathers. assisting in the administration of this sacrament. It bound its members to the service of God for life.” “registered”) under 60 years of age. where Paul directs Timothy as to the conditions of their enrollment. and the charge of the widows and orphans supported at public expense. WIDOWS
Their existence as a distinct order is indicated in 1 Timothy 5:9. 10. or if more than once married. a mother. Christlike in loving service.g.
to the deaconesses. Even as early as the Puritan Reformation in England the Congregationalists recognized this order of female workers in their discipline. and the age of eligibility was changed from 60 to 40 by the Council of Chalcedon. The women of 1 Timothy 3:11. . a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea. 12 were evidently of this order. being specifically applied to Phoebe. This modern estimate of her capability and place revises the entire historic conception and attitude of mankind.The elder women as mothers. with all purity. The order was suppressed in the Latin church in the 6th century. The spiritual value of woman's ministry in the lay and official work of the church is evidenced by her leadership in all branches of ecclesiastical and missionary enterprise. presumably held this office. VIRGINS as well as widows were elected to this office. by the 3rd century. however.
presbuterai. 1 Timothy 5:2. and in the Greek church in the 12th. the term . 6.). the Methodists especially emphasizing its spiritual efficiency. Owing. who were to serve “in like manner” as the “deacons” of 1 Timothy 3:10. because of certain abuses that gradually became prevalent.6. the younger as sisters. to its exceptional importance and value it has been reinstated by nearly all branches of the modern church. as also the “aged women” of Titus 2:3 (= “presbyters” (feminine). an order which in recent history has been restored to its original importance and effectiveness. The women already referred to in Romans 16:1. DEACONESSES
Many of these duties were transferred.
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. diakonos. Special training schools and courses in education now prepare candidates for this office.
Luke 1: 2 3. 16. 18. 19. Luke 24:1.Glossary 1. 16:9. Luke 1:48 2. Luke 23:49 8. 15 Romans 16:1 Philippians 4:3 1 Timothy 2:12 (KJV) 1 Timothy 2:13. 14. John 20:14 12. Matthew 27:56
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13. 15. 3. 3:14. 28.
Luke 24:10 Acts 8:12 Acts 9:2 Acts 1:14 Acts 9:36 Acts 12:12 Acts 18:26 Romans 16:3 Acts 21:8. 25. 17. 20:1 11. Matthew 28:1. 27. Mark 10:13-16 5. 20. 22. Luke 7:12-15 6. 14
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. 23. 12. 15 2 Timothy 1:5. 23:55 9. 6. 9 Acts 16:14 Romans 16:1. Luke 23:56 10. 26. Matthew 27:61. 21. Matthew 28:9. Matthew 27:55-56 7. 16:1. 24. Luke 7:37-50 4.
Races that put blighting restrictions upon woman consign themselves to perpetual inferiority. Natural prudence should have discovered the necessity of a cultured and noble motherhood in order to a fine grade of manhood. Fem.V. labored with their hands. cared for their husbands and children. subjection and servitude among all non-Jewish and non-Christian races. and in loving ministries to the sick. are the severest possible arraignment of man's intelligence and virtue. nourished their spiritual life in the worship. ancient and modern. Page | 52
. “What women these Christians have!” The social and legal status of woman instantly improved when Christianity gained recognition in the Empire. The decline of Islam and the collapse of Turkey as a world-power are late striking illustrations of this fundamental truth. They no longer needed the former splendor of outward adornment. impotence and final overthrow. graciously dispensed Christian hospitality. THEIR modesty and simplicity were a rebuke to and reaction from the shameless extravagances and immoralities of heathenism. That they were among the most conspicuous examples of the transforming power of Christianity is manifest from the admiration and astonishment of the pagan Libanius who exclaimed. theaters. because clothed with the beauty and simplicity of Christ like character. They exchanged the temples. service and sacraments of the church. Her inferiority. ii. and her husband made subject to accusation for marital infidelity. and festivals of paganism for the home. 11) as indicating their consciousness of their new spiritual wealth and worthiness. Her property rights as wife were established by law. CHANGES IN CHARACTER AND CONDITION
Tertullian mentions the modest garb worn by Christian women (De Cult.
though a grave mistake and a perversion of Christianity by substituting her for the true object of worship. Poland and Russia were added to European Christendom when their rulers accepted the faith of their Christian wives. in their loyalty to Christ. NOTABLE EXAMPLES OF CHRISTIAN WOMANHOOD
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. The type of feminine character produced by Christianity in that era is indicated by such notable examples as Eramelia and Macrina. to make the highest type of womanhood the ideal of medieval greatness. AS defenders of the faith women stand side by side with Ignatius and Polycarp in their capacity to face death and endure the agonies of persecution. undaunted heroism. The marriage of Bertha. in opposition to pagan culture. The roll of martyrs is made luminous by the unrivaled purity. respectively the mothers of Chrysostom. The apotheosis of the Virgin Mother. Perpetua and Felicitas. Clotilda's conversion of Clovis made France Christian. She became universally dominant in religion. THE full glory of humanity was represented in her. Monica. shrank not from the most fiendish tortures invented by the diabolical cruelties and hatred of pagan Rome. unconquerable faith of such Christian maidens as Blandina. In the growing darkness of subsequent centuries women. as mothers. teachers. the mother and sister of Basil. Potamiaena. Gregory Nazianzen and Augustine. nevertheless served. Anthusa. abbesses. Nonna. The mothers of Bernard and Peter the Venerable witness to the conserving and creative power of their devotion and faith. kept the light of Christian faith and intelligence burning in medieval Europe.
England's noblest sovereign. was converted through the influence of his Christian wife. which became the established religion when Edwin.
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. to Ethelbert introduced Roman Christianity into England. prosperous.France. in the 19th century. in the long. The process culminated. in turn. Christian reign of Victoria. peaceful.
Woman's desire for development and serf-expression. taking its rise in the teaching of Jesus regarding the value of the human soul. in 1837.000 in the universities of Russia. and increasingly proportionate numbers in every higher institution of learning for women in the world. This universal movement for woman's enlightenment and emancipation is significantly synchronous with the world-wide extension and success of Christian missions. In mental endowment. nearly 40. in practical ability.000 women were students in the universities and colleges of the United States. and servitude was the fatal mistake of their religion and social system. and aims at nothing less than woman's universal education and enfranchisement. WOMAN IN THE 20TH CENTURY
The opening decades of the 20th century are witnessing a movement among women that is one of the most remarkable phenomena in the history of mankind. 60. inferiority. she has proved herself the equal of man. This new ideal. Holyoke College.
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.000 were giving instruction in the primary and secondary schools of Japan. The freedom wherewith Christ did set us free includes her complete liberation to equality of opportunity with man. IN 75 years after Mary Lyon inaugurated the higher education of woman at Mt. international in scope and influence. Even Moslem leaders confessed that the historic subjection of woman to ignorance. has given birth to educational. social. 30. is permeating every layer of society and all races and religions. in all the higher ministries of life and even in statecraft.3. and better still for service. The striking miracle occurred when Turkey and China opened to her the heretofore permanently closed doors of education and social opportunity. It is world-wide and spontaneous. eleemosynary. missionary organizations and institutions.
social service and missions. through her enlightenment. THE result of this latest evolution of Christianity will not only be a new womanhood for the race but. is the incidental outcome of this new emancipation. recognizing every God-ordained difference of function. The growing desire of woman for the right of suffrage. All emphasis is mine. literature. whether mistaken or not.CHRISTIANITY always tends to place woman side by side with man in all the great achievements of education.
The whole of this chapter is an extract from INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA. Bold are for emphasis 2. but ultimately. The initial stages of this evolutionary process are attended by many abnormal desires. and every complementary and cooperative relation between the sexes. a new humanity. culture and spiritual leadership. under the guidance of the Spirit of God and the Christian ideal. crudities of experiment and conduct. Italicized words are mine (inputs) 3. e-Sword®. Capitals words at start of paragraphs are my paragraphs
Glossary 1. woman will intelligently adjust herself to her new opportunity and environment. Matthew 1:1-17
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. The entire movement of modern society toward her perfect enfranchisement is the distinct and inevitable product of the teaching of Jesus. the humanities. art. 1.
yea. which I would want to expound. I do not know if there are others that have not been unveiled. The woman may not know but these are what have been searched out (revealed).There are three things wonderful about women for men. four which of them which makes them flabbergasted There are three traits of women that silence men.Uniqueness Marriage Oneness and equality The lost identity
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. The woman is expected to know so that she does not live mysteriously in this earth. But the woman can judge the authenticity of these mysteries with her own self. and the fourth which is worrying: For the four mysteries revealed.SO WHAT [GENESIS 2:18]
What is the reasoning? Is it just informative? Four areas on the mystery about women are being unraveled in this book. I coined my own proverb out of Proverbs 30:18 & 21.
Men are male. will help us to appreciate who the woman is. in the light of the reasons outlined above. Unique is used to compare two persons of the same kind! There is at least a feature in a woman that makes her different from other women. God had made them so to succor the man’s weakness .I. her uniqueness is both unnatural (uncommon) and supernatural. To speak about the uniqueness of the woman. This is truth and the man will not agree.
Women claim themselves to be ‘special’ whenever they find themselves amongst men. It is one of the mysteries unraveled in their own words. and women are female! It is apt therefore to say that the woman is unique. Unpredictable (mysterious/ strange) God’s last creation (pampered) Emotionally strong inward (dominative) Virtuous (virtue)
Virtuous women are unique! ‘Special’ is used when comparing two persons of different kind. “THE WOMAN IS PERFECT”. If Adam was perfect God would not have made a helper to assist him . It is not known but it is evident in the perception that the woman has for herself! It is a status attributed to her only. all men are the same except by reason of genetic engineering.
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. The ‘deep thinking’ tells a layman that it is a lie (they are not really living what they preach)! Some of the reasons the woman claim to be special are that she is. It cannot be disputed as to the uniqueness of women. But if you should ask them to prove. it takes deep thinking for a single answer to come out.
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. Deuteronomy 29:29 accredits that. that is not to ridicule.1. It is not that women are complex in nature such that you cannot predict them. that statement cannot be true.And the man said. Consider Genesis 3:12. Women claim to be special. They are strange in the sense that you do not know them fully neither do you understand them. She is just unpredictable although you may follow her trails. In this modern world of science and technology. What will or can be accepted by men in general. and I did eat. that we may do all the words of this law. so what is special about them. Don’t women die like other ordinary men and return to the earth as dust. Each of them sees herself and indeed every woman is unique. The woman is strange because you can never tell how she will react to even one circumstance. UNPREDICTABLE
The creation of man is not a mystery. her thoughts are so imbalanced that it yields different results for one same circumstance. The making of the woman has not been revealed. his account is given in Genesis 2. On the other hand. There may have been other ingredients that went into her making and it makes her a bit mysterious. The woman whom thou gavest to be with me. a stranger is someone you do not know (not familiar with). women will never agree on a single matter even among themselves. We only know of Adam’s lost rib which is processed into woman. It does not mean you cannot know and understand women. Check the words underlined above. she gave me of the tree.
He knew little or nothing of her purpose. though. How could Eve have persuaded him to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree that God has told them not to eat. mission. the woman whom God had given him. and a tree to be desired to make one wise. and he did eat. and most importantly her being. and that it was pleasant to the eyes. He chose to not reveal it to us and we only have to succumb to the mysteriousness of the woman that God has made indeed.And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food. Be critical in the text above if you are using KJV. that Adam could not fathom even the very character of Eve whilst he was yet god. By God’s own will. The woman whom thou gavest to be with me. thus. she gave me of the tree. the woman is unpredictable. to talk about the woman. and desperately wicked: who can know it? Page | 60
.everywhere and anywhere! It is a weird thing. It is evident. And the man said. Jeremiah 17:9ff best seems to describe the scenario. and did eat. Adam called Eve the woman whom God gave to be with him other than his wife or Eve! He had no idea of the woman she was dealing with. it is a bit difficult predicting the aftermath of a perfect being . and I did eat. though. she took of the fruit thereof. The serpent may have set in shortly after Adam and Eve’s wedding in the garden of Eden! It takes time for one to know a man (not gender sensitive) and it takes too much time for one to understand him . It could be attributed to a fact that there was poor relationship between Adam and Eve.The heart is deceitful above all things. when he was like God? Genesis 3:6 & 12 answers. and gave also unto her husband with her.
when thou shalt receive thy sisters. The man should let go. saith the Lord GOD. Then thou shalt remember thy ways. when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done.That ends the gossip on the impulsiveness of the woman. and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. And I will establish my covenant with thee. and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: That thou mayest remember.Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth. and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame. and let God entreat her.
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. thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters. and be ashamed. Amen. Imbibe Ezekiel 16:60-63. and be confounded. but not by thy covenant.
d. The belief or norm that. the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
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. lastborns are “pampered” is upheld by the African tradition. Luke 3:16 reads. Myths are not trusted in the Christian faith. except when the woman does not search to know what is unique about her. amongst the woman herself and sometimes among men. the woman is unique and must do everything to find out who she is and her potential(s) . Some of such experiences are. GOD’S LAST CREATION
The fact that the woman is God’s last creation is mythical. It is as though last-borns are treated the best amongst elder siblings. It cannot be proven scripturally as to the authenticity of this fact yet there are instances where God pampered the woman when she was in trouble.a. God usually stepped in when the woman lost sight of her identity. To explain. last-borns are proud they are last-borns because they have anything and everything they want from their parents. c. but one mightier than I cometh. b.John answered. saying unto them all. Hagar and Sarai  Mary and Zechariah  Ruth and Orpah  Manoah’s wife 
God acknowledges the woman like as the man. It is the truth. I indeed baptize you with water. The word ‘pampered’ is not the right description as used in the local dialect. This is very natural or common in the African tradition.1.
But the man was also flesh  and therefore. This scenario is not going to go well with the man. the woman is a betterment of the man. And the devil attacks the woman instead of the man… not because the woman is more vulnerable – as some preach! Do you know Jesus said about the strong man. She was however brought low (below the man) because she failed her mission . Mark 3:27 reads. she’s only perfect. Since it was discomfiting for the man to be alone. It is unfortunate how the woman causes the man to fall. and then he will spoil his house. It does not mean the woman is greater than the man either. EMOTIONALLY STRONG INWARD
It is natural to talk about. He had to reign in heaven so the man can reign on earth by himself. The generic man was made from dust but the generic woman from the man’s rib. therefore God foresaw it was not good for the man to be alone .
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. He needed someone who is also flesh. So it behooved God to make a better/ perfect man (the woman) who would assist the man. Thus. so it was not good for the man to be alone literally. and spoil his goods. except he will first bind the strong man.2. the woman is a perfection of the man. yet he was vulnerable to sin.No man can enter into a strong man's house. what has become of her or it is the man’s fault. the woman must be of assistance to him. Man was therefore fashioned to live like God (make God his role model). The woman bears what man cannot bear. the woman was supposed to help him! Man was made in the image and likeness of God. or maybe it is sin! The man was created in the image of God. God is a Spirit and it would have been inappropriate for God to put on flesh to nurture the man. it was quite intangible for the man’s identity.
That is not to say that the woman is meant for all sorts of resentment. The woman has an ability to persevere in pain but the man is able to pursue through challenges. and I did eat. You can consider that of Cain’s situation as well in Genesis 4:13.And he said. Adam had already burst into tears before God could make His judgment. I heard thy voice in the garden. because I was naked. and I was afraid. she gave me of the tree. I know it because she was silent.When Eve (the woman) was punished for her sin. So God curses Adam indirectly. My punishment is greater than I can bear.
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.And Cain said unto the LORD. And the man said. The woman whom thou gavest to be with me. Genesis 3:10 & 12 says. The man just does not like affliction (intimidation). and I hid myself. Adam shifted blame because he feared the punishment that would be pronounced on him . she was able to bear it.
You cannot attract what you do not extract. If you want virtuous men to respect you then you must be willing to live a one yourself. longsuffering. Virtue perfects the woman’s faith. Virtue makes the Christian… a woman with a difference! The virtues listed in that scripture are many but Proverbs 31:30-31 contributes that. and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD. Faithful men always look for a woman who fears God. gentleness.Favour is deceitful. she shall be praised. to tell a woman she is beautiful when in deed.But the fruit of the Spirit is love. faith. VIRTUOUS
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. She will rather hear the nice lies that are told her. women are special. goodness. her beauty has depreciated and she knows herself that she has depreciated in beauty. only. not essentially. and let her own works praise her in the gates. she will not want to admit her state. Give her of the fruit of her hands. peace. For example. Proverbs 31 describes the virtuous woman. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines virtue as a particular moral excellence. Favors can be deceitful and it is unfortunate. but evidentially as she bears the fruit of the Spirit. relayed in Galatians 5:22. that is what some women seek. Every woman is virtuous but some are perverted. Such lies (favors) will lead the woman to vanity. God-fearing women are well respected and highly esteemed by men of whatever status and that is the praise she will obtain if she remains faithful. but one virtue marks the difference between all of them. “You get what you pay for!” is the meaning of Proverbs 31:31.3. amongst themselves.
Ruth 1 7. 12. 13. 11. Ezekiel 28:15 3. Jeremiah 17:10 4. 10.Glossary 1. Genesis 16 5. Luke 1:5-38 6. 9. Judges 13
1 Samuel 1:8 Genesis 16:6-13 Genesis 2:18b Genesis 6:5 Genesis 3:16b Matthew 8:29
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Genesis 6:5 reads. the woman must be involved! That is to say that the man and the woman are one. God sees both the male and female as one. and called their name Adam.And the LORD said.
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. in the day when they were created. then why does the woman strive for gender equality? Not to answer those questions. To prove the above-given scripture. My spirit shall not always strive with man. and blessed them. – which will not go in the favor of the feminists – God sees both the male and female on earth as ‘MAN’ or Adam. To be a bit technical in speech.
ONENESS & EQUALITY
Another outstanding mystery about the woman is that. Man cannot sin alone. they are one flesh! Any member that is one is one no matter its composition. Genesis 5:1-2. for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.This is the book of the generations of Adam. do we call it domineeringness or some sort of resentment in the woman – because she wants to be above the man ? Is it a rule God gave? If not. we can say that the member is equal in spite of the contribution made individually. for those married. in the likeness of God made he him. Many women do not know. Is that pride.II. In that sense. she is equal and one with the man. it is surprising! It is weird to see the woman raise her shoulder to the man when she already is equal with him. it may be made of two or more members yet it is still one member. In the day that God created man. Male and female created he them.
Actually. it sounds absurd. the gender equality which the woman fights for is rather HUMAN RIGHT.So what is the striving for gender equality for.
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Not to address that issue. By the time of Christ.1. lo. human right is ungodly. An example is Luke 13:16. it has perverted the heart of man. these eighteen years. being a daughter of Abraham. to enforce the rights of women especially. There is a necessity or responsibility laid on the woman in this earth. “the woman must be treated the same as the man and never to be discriminated” . I believe there should not be in the first place. whom Satan hath bound. Human right was not so much a subject matter in the Old Testament although there were few instances of them because the men of those days respected the status of the woman .And ought not this woman. she will not want man to decapitate .
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. If the sense for which the woman fights for is not for selfishness but out of love. be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? The message Jesus sends to the world is. The problem is sin. she is TO ASSIST . Prayer has to be said for men if the world is to continue in peace. Human Right is well respected in Christianity and Hebraism then but not when it is being fought for . any law or government. She has dignified herself to a certain status which. formed. The woman has an image or a perception about herself which she never wants the man to tarnish. The inferiority (looking down upon) of the woman began in the pagan traditions which the Israelites adopted into their tradition . it had been totally perverted into discrimination. The woman does not have to die before a right is enforced in a country or nation. Some virtuous women have lived exampled lives: they pleaded or made requests and were heard by righteous men .
This is the time for the woman to rise up and pray for the man. Matthew 24:13. but we can pray to keep ourselves from falling into temptation i.e. more especially in the man’s heart. get thee up into the high mountain. that bringest good tidings. The man can do little.These things I have spoken unto you. that in me ye might have peace. because he himself is enticed with sin openly. O Jerusalem. the love of many shall wax cold.God advises a woman when she sins and if she persists.And because iniquity shall abound. lift up thy voice with strength. I have overcome the world. which Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24! There may not be a remedy. This is a true saying and you… the woman… should not take it as a joke at all! To cut it long and short. say unto the cities of Judah.But he that shall endure unto the end. that bringest good tidings. Matthew 24:12 records. Isaiah 40:9 records that. as much as she can fill herself with it . the same shall be saved. be not afraid. to endure until we die from this earth. God leaves her to continue in her sins and increase in it.
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. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer. sin seeks to dominate the world. lift it up.O Zion. Behold your God! The issue of Human Rights is partly due to the reason of ENDTIME. that would make history to-wards God and He would be pleased . God will cut him off . John 16:33 also reads as. he is rebuked immediately and if he should persist too. But if a man sins.
And when the tempter came to him. If you have not realized any point yet. 1 Timothy 2:11.Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. It is not good that the man should be alone. Eve desires to be as gods when she was god . The devil always approaches the man who is confused with a question of doubt and when he is found wanting.Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. Genesis 3:1. God gave a rule or principle which has been overlooked by the woman. then your eyes shall be opened. you agree with (submit to) him concerning any matter that rises up. Page | 71
. he subverts that man .And the LORD God said. Jesus was certain of himself and the word of God that he had in himself. as a female. As if Satan knew.So it is not worth fighting for what you already have and are. That is to say. know that you are equal to the male and you are one with him. Apart from the issue of gender equality. knowing good and evil.For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof. Genesis 3:5. Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? I know this because when the same serpent tempted Jesus. and ye shall be as gods. Yea. his approach was different. And he said unto the woman. If thou be the Son of God. It is Genesis 2:18. I will make him an help meet for him. It seemed Eve (the woman) did not understand the commandment God gave her. hath God said. Matthew 4:3. command that these stones be made bread. he said.
placed each of them in their proper office. she has all that a man has (equal) is able to do what a man cannot do (finish what a man start) is better qualified to assist than to initiate (manage)
The dual man was given dominion and authority to rule over the earth. I would love to use this scene to explain the sharing of authority since I have not found. Engineers call that total FAILURE. other than him overshadowing the wife.This is the principle – God made the woman and qualified her (gave her all the qualities necessary) to assist the man in his duty . in the scriptures yet. This leads to the collapse of God’s plan. the ‘man standing’ indicates where he exercises his authority. To outline the qualities of the woman in Genesis 2:18. as God purposed. where they (the man and woman) ought to exercise authority. When the Queen Mother is in Public. Likewise. because they are a Nation. The man has to stand and work in his office whilst the woman also sits and work in her office. there is the ‘Queen Mother’ system other than the Presidency in most countries. The Queen Mother sitting does not imply she is inferior but it indicates her place to exercising authority. Kumasi) composed this inspiring message. But when he was separated distinctively as male and female. A friend of mine Paa Kwesi Hope (former GHAMSU Diocesan Chairman. In England.Man is ‘dust refined’ but woman is ‘dust double refined’. Woman was made of a rib out the SIDE of Adam. there was a sharing in the authority. Page | 72
. that was when he (the dual man) was one. They cannot switch or swap otherwise it crosses structure which then yields stress. The man and the woman. she sits whilst the man stands.
there is peace and we know that peace yields unity. to rule over him). UNDER his arm to be protected And NEAR his heart to be loved! Man SLEPT while God made him a wife!
Check Proverbs 19:14 out.House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. is strength. GOD FOR US ALL That is a wise use of the proverb.
EACH AND EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF AND HERSELF. to be trampled upon by him) But out of his SIDE to be equal with him.Not out of his HEAD (thus. Nor out of his FEET (thus. What is unity. learn that!
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. unity also. oneness in equality. When everyone works in his/ her office.
Ezekiel 22:30. Psalms 82:3. 27-28 13. Deuteronomy 24:15.Glossary 1. Daniel 13 11. Daniel 13. 1 Samuel 25:17ff 3. Genesis 2:18c 9. Genesis 1:26. Acts 19:15. Numbers 36
8. Psalms 72:12. Genesis 6:1-8. Isaiah 14:13-14 2. Genesis 1:28-30
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. Psalms 68:11 12. Leviticus 19:15 4. Ezekiel 16 10. Psalms 109:31 7. Luke 1:19-22. 2 Kings 5:25-27. Genesis 16:5-8. Genesis 38:8-10 5. Exodus 23:24 6. 9:54-56. John 10:10 14.
is in procession then there must be a reason for it.
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.III. 1 Corinthians 2:11. save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man. you will need the spirit of God. except the man that she is married to. this would be discussed later into detail. If marriage was not the ideal thing for God but.
The third mystery that this book unravels about the woman is marriage. but the Spirit of God. For some security reasons. every man was to be single.For what man knoweth the things of a man. To be joined to a spouse is to be married to that spouse. marriage came into being but not for the reason of satisfaction. So we look at the cause for marriage or why marry(-iage). I would call it rather the blessings in marriage. Marriage is not even the ideal thing! Left to God alone. now. If she is not married. They are blessings because there are some who are not meant for marriage. The actual words for this subheading should rather be ‘join’ as used in the King James Version. The woman has an identity which can never be known.
e. The woman contributes to the reason for marriage. What does it mean then? The man or woman chooses to marry but his or her choice is dependent on whether he or she can marry or be married to because he or she may be married to God! There is the Divine Marriage and also the Earthly Marriage. Divine marriages are possible on this earth for some selected few saints. he needed an assistant. wife) is. The dual man was one (indistinct). THE CAUSE OF MARRIAGE
The topic has been tackled partly in the ‘cause of the woman’. The mystery in marriage when the woman is taken into consideration is a mystery itself. If she had not been made.e. There is a transition that takes place women undergo during marriage (sex too). Marriage was instituted (proposed) by God and man imposed it. It seems fishy Page | 76
. it will be the prerequisite for all saints in the life to come . It was not good for the man to be alone. they became distinct)  woman knows where she came from.1. she has a fair view/ idea man does not know where his rib (i. That is to say. there would not have been any need for marriage. who was/ is as much qualified as much as him. he (they) was male and female  The woman came from man: the female was separated from the male in the man (i. which we already are conversant with. The cause of the Earthly Marriage has been put in a PowerPoint format for easy understanding with the relevant scriptures given. the woman was not made to be married to by the man but she was made to assist the man. he lost it  unless God brings the wife to the man  The reason for marriage – although it was not the original intention but was the best option – is for security of the partners. But in this section we would see why marriage came into being.
Yet God killed the man because of the man’s injustice. trust is built. Go and learn what that means. Love keeps a relationship going (in progress) and in the process of time. The embryo may not look like a human but it is also not any longer a sperm and an egg. it is life! Go and learn what that means. If you want to estimate the power (strength) of a diamond. not the ionic but the covalent type of Bonding. There is a joining/ union (Spirit-ology). Page | 77
. safe sex (use of condoms) is a big abomination and so is masturbation! How serious then should it not be taken when one goes into relationships and breaks from them? God may not be offended. not some people who tried playing around adultery and/ or fornication. I will have mercy and not sacrifice. Once fusion is likely. You should know by now that divorce is highly impossible for the married couple. an example is the diamond. separation is not any longer possible. because God warns man against adultery and fornication. This is because one’s trust in relationship is feigned (relaxed) in each and every relationship that he or she breaks from. even those who have promiscuous sex in relationship cannot break up. equivalent to bonding (Chemistry) or fusion (Embryology). The covalent bond is so strong that it is very difficult to break the bond even at the speed of light and heat. but one puts himself or herself into the danger of being incapable to marriage unless God pardons. A man was killed instantly for spilling semen on the floor during sex in Genesis 38:9-10. I will have mercy and not sacrifice! The same scenario holds for the fusion of the man’s sperm to the woman’s egg in her womb. The egg and the sperm now form a microscopic embryo. These were supposedly married couples. it can cut any metal you can think of without a scratch on its surface. One study from this phenomenon is that covalent bonds are the strongest types of bonds in Chemistry. you should understand Bonding.here. If you do not get the point in the field of Spirit-ology.
if you should try separating gum A from B. a worse circumstance occurs in marriage. the bond is lessened. Genesis 38:9-10. a percentage of itself and another from gum A. Taking for example love as a cello tape. they are three. When the cello tape is reused over and over. you cannot differentiate which one was gum A or gum B! The two gums have become one. Let me take the man or woman as a chewing gum. even without any physical contact. Gum B and C are not two gums. When gum A is chewed together with gum B in the same mouth. it mixes so well that when it is taken out of the mouth. Let’s say you separated the gums and then.999%. because gum B has part of gum A attached to itself..-
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. the bond of the love is weakened. the former fiancée has set a standard in your heart. Two souls are knit together in love  (when trust is established) but two spirits will be knit together in sex. it is safer to fall out of love even. it gets to a point where it can no longer stick to any surface. No science and technology can separate the two gums so well that they would be 100%.. That is the effect of breaking from relationship(s). That’s it for relationship. for easy understanding. He or she would be marrying people he or she never intended. It is natural in a sex–free relationship for love and trust to be wielded up in the intendeds. gum B would comprise say. the best will be 99. There is big trouble when one breaks with people easily.When you break because of incompatibility or for any other reason(s). when cello tape is used on a surface and removed later to be fixed on another surface. Indirectly. gum B (which is not a 100% gum B) is chewed with gum C. you would tear off part of gum A as you separate gum B! Thus. trust is lost in God even because disappointment sets in every new relationship.
God is not able to distinguish you because you are not you. But there is a remedy… if you are caught up in such a situation.What therefore God hath joined together. what He has made you whether single or attached. divorce is only permitted on the occasion of fornication for the sake of sanctity – refer to the gum scenario. lest that he should give seed to his brother. Jesus says in Mark 10:9. that he spilled it on the ground. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also. You are not yourself any longer but a composition of others when you engage in promiscuous sex. when he went in unto his brother's wife. let not man put asunder. and it came to pass.
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. The man was killed because he defied the commandment.And Onan knew that the seed should not be his.
and a ministry. I had not known the truth but I perceived that they are spiritually transitioned which is never obvious in men. composed of three parts – soul. I had thought before long (had an idea) that the woman undergoes a transition during marriage (sex). some have been impatient to obey the sanctity of marriage and are committing adultery and fornication. God is not pleased with such persons. Due to the mindset that the elders set for the youth. I am about expounding on the nudities of sex in and outside marriage. the outer court. At best. Some of the things found in the Temple are.THE ACT OF COPULATION Some have thought of marriage as the legitimate gateway to sex and satisfaction. Marriage is an honorable thing.Page | 80
THE HOUSE OF GOD The House of God built by Solomon – which was a modification of Moses’ Temple – best describes the make of the woman as shown in the picture. holy place and most holy place. one part is subject to the other at a point in time . Marriage is more spiritual than some have perceived it to be carnal or for carnal men and how it is now been perverted. he is not triune because the three parts never agree. spirit and flesh (body). Moses’ Temple (The Earthly Tabernacle) also has three parts. The Tabernacle – known to Moses – is different from the Temple – known to Solomon – although their descriptions have similarities . Man is tripartite.
money. 2 Chronicles 3:4] Porch [1 Kings 6:3. every man that is willing to befriend the woman must be prepared to sacrifice (give gifts). If the man cannot sacrifice – his time. 5. learn woman! If the man gives gifts to the woman of whatever sort. 29. strength. 3. 7. 2 Chronicles 4:9]
That was for listing sake. but there are three levels that the woman should relate with the man. 2 Chronicles 4:6] Cherubim [1 Kings 6:23-28. 6.1. 2 Chronicles 3:7] Floors [1 Kings 6:15. 2 Chronicles 3:8-9] Walls [1 Kings 6:15. Thus. 8. 30] Doors [1 Kings 6:31-35] Courts [1 Kings 6:36. 2 Chronicles 3:10-13] Veil [2 Chronicles 3:14]
Some of the design of the Tabernacle described are. 22. 5. 4. 10] Bases [1 Kings 7:27-37] Lavers [I kings 7:38-39. the woman is not able to differentiate suitors from givers. 9. 2 Chronicles 3:9] Most holy place [1 Kings 6:16-22. Page | 81
OUTER COURT At the Outer Court is the brazen altar (burnt-offering altar) where sacrifices are offered upon. 2. 2. 10.
Brazen altar [2 Chronicles 4:1] Molten sea [1 Kings 7:23-26. 2 Chronicles 3:3] Materials [1 Kings 6:7. it does not imply the man is a suitor. 2 Chronicles 4:2-5.1. – then he cannot be trusted. 4. General dimensions [1 Kings 6:2. 2 Chronicles 3:4] Windows [1 Kings 6:4] Stories [1 Kings 6:5. 6. etc. 3. 9.
the Israelites’ duty was to bring his lamb for sacrifice and stay around in the outer court during service. We do not know where or why the laver is transported except that it was movable. That is to tell the woman. As far as the woman’s body is concerned. listen to him. They may have been provided by Solomon because of the increase in the priests’ numbers that served in the Temple. woman! The woman cannot allow anyone and everyone into your life (soul). It does not elevate her above the man but in the sense that she must be respected. conscience and thinking. That means the man must be willing to conform to (respect) the woman's will when she changes her plans in the relationship (friendship). The fact that she is getting more friends does not mean she is common. You know what that means. there is also the molten sea which was for the washing and dipping of the priest’s hands and feet. the casual friend (man) is not to get in contact with her affection. she should not allow men to bypass (respect) her standards.Jesus saith unto her. Jesus sets an example in John 2:4.
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.The next article is the laver where the priest washed their hands after sacrificing and before they entered the holy place. There are friends who should forever remain casual friends. since they were under the laver . smell him. Woman. You also find the bases – invented by Solomon to be – used in transporting the laver. In Solomon’s Temple. reason. what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. The woman can see him around. The woman is to receive the casual friends gifts with thanksgiving but it does not give the man access to the woman’s life (soul). mind. touch him and eat with him but there should never be soul-tie.
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. One article in the holy place is the table of showbread. otherwise. they were for the priests to feast on whist they remained in the Tabernacle. The inner court was in two divisions. it should not be overlooked by the woman. King David did ! The breaking of bread signifies fellowship. trust and love will yield as time passes. They were not allowed to take the bread out of the temple. sanctity is a requirement for any soul (close) relationship. which you will learn in detail in the sub-headings. Just the veil made the difference. The soul and the spirit of the woman must be differentiated because they are all part of the inner court. . There is only thing which differentiates between courtship and marriage.
THE HOLY PLACE The holy place is the woman’s soul and she must keep it in sanctity. opinions. and it is the veil. The doors to the inner court were decorated with gold. The veil signifies sex. The veil separated the holy place from the most holy place.you will know soon. Fellowship cannot be outdone in relationship. Trust is built up when personal issues (secrets) are not taken out of the relationship. The table had bread on it. The woman is to share in her affections. consciences and thoughts to the man that is close to her.Solomon’s Temple). mind. it brings distrust and disappointment(s).
cultured or having a good moral attitude is not enough because they are imperfect. The woman cannot be courting or seeing several men at the same time and love all of them equally . she will hate you even after having a nice affair. Another article in the holy place is the candlestick which stands for righteousness. Relationship brings into being soul ties wittingly and unwittingly.to the picture. Incense is a perfume exhaled by fire. for the man to propose and say ‘I do’. He loves to smell sweet perfume and hear nice words in His ears (praises Page | 84
. Righteousness upholds the fear of God in relationships (courtships even) such that sex will be reserved solely for marriage in spite of the love (soul-tie) so-strong and in temptations. The candlestick is a carrier of the light. Relationships reveal some truths (many indeed) about the men and women that come your way. A woman enters a relationship with just one man and he breaks her heart and therefore. it is the odors of spices and gums that are burnt in religious rites. reconsider the picture. or as an offering to some deity . If you cannot say nice words to make her feel good and comfortable. it is not the light. Relationship illuminates man to see the brands of men that are in this earth. Even God love sweet things. two souls are knit together in relationship by love! The other article is the Incense Altar or Altar of Incense. Being civilized. that sex is only allowed in marriage (behind the veil). she should know that he does not love her no matter his cunning words. It is the truth and that is to say also. The incense is burnt on the altar just before the veil which blocks the most holy place from view. The only entrance into a woman’s heart is words. she thinks all men are the same. She may share her soul with several men once they are all trustworthy but it is reasonable for her to love one most. she must make the men to understand their place in her life. If the woman has not gone before the altar (literally).
Sex signifies some sort of blood covenant between the two people involved. God is too holy to be yoked with sin. woman look further to love and care than sex. he went with his back.
THE MOST HOLY PLACE (HOLY OF HOLIES) The most holy place is the woman’s heart or spirit. unlike the man who is driven by his mind. The spirit is her whole self which any man that gets to her heart. except Moses. and when he did. is said to win the woman. in case he died. Once adultery or fornication sets Page | 85
. It is the reason God inhabits the praises of His people apart from dwelling in the people themselves . fiancé or bustard. The hymen is broken upon contact with the first man. blood covenant is the strongest type of covenant – refer to the bond theorem discussed earlier.other factors count which the woman may consider to choose his ideal man! He may have sex with her but she is never going to win her heart to himself. The cause of the high priest's death was either because he looked at God or because he was unclean (not necessarily sin) . Sex is sanctimonious (spiritual). The high priest was the only authenticated priest to enter into the holy of holies.and prayers). he may probably not win the woman’s heart. If the suitor cannot entice the woman with words. Sexual promiscuity is sin considering the sanctity of the marriage bed. whether husband. The woman’s heart drives her whole body. The high priest was not to go in with his face front. The high priest enters the most holy place once in a year. and not to be engaged unworthily. The woman… the virgin has a hymen (tissue of blood) which covers her genital organ. The priest died because of sin. It should be consecrated as much as possible within the marriage bed. There was a point in time when heavy chains were tied to the high priest hands and feet when he entered. It was a fearful thing.
but there is grace from God. they are still regarded as one. even incompatibility. the last-but-one article is the Ark of God. they are not bones! What the man and the woman are saying then is that. the two shall be one! One may physically divorce from marriage but in heaven. the other party is expected to refrain and keep himself pure (single). an everlasting one between man and God. which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.And Moses took the blood. The hymen in the woman is for a reason… there are several types of covenant but the greatest is the blood covenant. So divorce is permitted on the grounds of fornication for the sake of sanctity. it is an abomination to marry a woman who has before given birth and is not married. The ark of God symbolizes a kind of covenant. Blood covenants cannot be broken except God . That was just a gist of the veil! In the most holy place. During copulation. It is almost impossible to break up once married.in marriage. When marriage is entered and sealed with sex. and said. Therefore. but the unity (one flesh) of the two couples actually begins on occasion of their first copulation. Behold the blood of the covenant. He alone can separate what He has put together. there is an agreement in heaven also that these two couples should be recognized as one flesh. Exodus 24:8 quotes. God did not break up the marriage and will not break it up for any reason. Sex is spiritual and everlasting once a person commits his/herself to it.
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. and sprinkled it on the people. “we want to make a blood covenant henceforth that we are one (not husband and wife)!” The husband and wife system is only officiated in marriage. the man’s genital is filled with blood.
you were molested by your parent or raped… God is able to heal you (restore you singly) and break you off that spirit when you pray. If you studied the picture well. God is able to restore the two of you with His mighty hand. Eternity lies in the spirit of man!
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. search the scriptures (will of God) and you will save your soul from hell . the last article is the Mercy Seat where there is forgiveness in God. Perhaps. it’s a wrong motive that drove you into the marriage and children came up.Wonderfully. the Holy Spirit is in the spirit of the man. It is the power of God. Maybe.
it is good. some have rushed into relationship without considering where the person came from and who brought the person. I mean a good husband/ wife”. if He numbers the hairs on your head then He can separate you from someone you are joined to. God instituted marriage but it was man who enforced it. he/she is good. you can choose to go your own way but know that it will not work . a Christian praying. a man can make a wrong choice. What you pray about must be the will of God. That is to say that man has a say in whether or not to enter into relationship. bless God for it . it may be because God did not establish that marriage or relationship. not this kind of husband/ wife. If there is any challenge or problem in a marriage or relationship. Relationships can only be broken by the counsel of God. God answers them. “but the husband/ wife I gave you is good. If you mistakenly married the wrong person. God then gives him these scriptures to read. God is perfect in His ways. not the usual friendship. Sometimes. I want a wife/ husband”. God answers his prayer. otherwise it will not be established. What that means is God proposed marriage to man but it was up to man to accept the proposal and choose whether or not to marry. I chanced to hear this joke. Page | 88
. Man is not permitted to break a relationship. that is very true but it does not qualify him to break from it.“Lord Jesus. There is no such thing as ‘not good’ when it is received with thanksgiving and taken in good faith”. but he can do that by God’s counsel. Adam had no problem in his marriage because God brought his wife to him. 1 Timothy 4:3-55. “No God. The relationship being spoken of in this context is courtship. Acts 10:15. Take it to God in prayer. Man is not permitted to break relationships or marriages. but remember it must be the counsel of God.I was glad when I came across this message from Pastor Ashimolowo but not as presented. The only authentic Person to break a marriage is GOD. Once you prayed and I answered. The truth is.
You are being warned to not marry an unbeliever. God is able to mend it when you pray . God bless you for your good work! There are other things to say which cannot be addressed in this form(-at).There is no bad marriage when you receive it in good faith. Let’s get to know some of the nitty-gritties in the mystery in marriage. stay in it when the trouble(s) come because God has blessed it (put you two together). It has been treated as ‘Questions and Answers’ form in the next heading.
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. Even if it was a wrong choice. God respects your opinion therefore if you want this kind of man or woman and you go ahead to marry him/ her. if you think you can convert him or her.
2. Some are confused as to whether Adam spoke these very words or it was God who continued the statement that Adam had earlier made in Genesis 2:23. and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman. because she was taken out of Man. So the verse 24 could be attributed as God’s words to Adam. There is the punctuation of ‘full stop’ at the end of Adam’s statement. How certain are you that he understood marriage and its propagation. As a Teacher. having such in depth knowledge to know who should leave who to marry who. and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. what did Adam know about marriage if God had not suggested that it was not good for him to be alone! Even if he (Adam) did know as god. it is a statement. As far as the Bible is concerned and it is believed upon by Believers to be Holy and therefore must be consecrated as sacred to the Lord and holy men (saints) attest that these are the words of eternal life . This is now bone of my bones. it is God who realized how desperate the man needed a companion in Genesis 2:18.
If God spoke the words of Genesis 2:24 then it implies marriage is a divine institution. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS!
IS MARRIAGE A DIVINE OR HUMAN INSTITUTION? This question has been problematic to many schools of thought as they speak their minds concerning Genesis 2:24.-
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. yet he could not fathom Eve moments after their marriage. For all you know.Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother. To say.And Adam said. I would not mince words here.
Be sensible a bit in this once only! Therefore. he would not have called Eve the woman whom God gave to be with him. Isa 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin. so shall thy God rejoice over thee. and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel. so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride.And the LORD God said. The God of the whole earth shall he be called. If Adam had any sense of humor about the marriage. MARRIAGE IS A DIVINE INSTITUTION!
Isa 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband. I will make him an help meet for him.
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. the LORD of hosts is his name. It is not good that the man should be alone.
because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel. there is one rib and only one rib for the man. I say. To define marriage in biblical perspective. which calleth herself a prophetess. except they repent of their deeds. Gaiety does not glorify God because it is against His word (marriage institution) which He has esteemed above all His names. Behold. I will cast her into a bed.The man must leave his parents. His word is that (paraphrased).
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. for the man and not man because there was only one Adam when Eve (Adam’s rib) was brought to him for marriage.IS THERE ONE RIB AND ONLY ONE RIB THAT BEST FITS A MAN OR THERE ARE SEVERAL RIBS FROM WHICH A MAN CAN SELECT ANY OF THEM AS HIS FOUND RIB? WHAT HAPPENS THEN TO THE OTHER RIBS THAT HAVE FOUND THEIR OWNERS? To say. and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation. it is a union or joining of two people. marry his wife: so that they will be one before Me! God esteems marriage because He blesses a proper marriage. whatever that does not glorify God attracts His wrath instead. to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication. and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. That establishes the fact that God is against lesbianism and homosexuality which some rude people call GAY.Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee. Revelation 2:20-23. properly the male and female or the man and woman. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication. and she repented not.
If you do not have a wife then you cannot marry . and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. God does not approve of miscarriages and bareness. So at every point in time. and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth. If it is God. yet there is only one rib for the man. God hates abortion and it is very scriptural aside the ‘thou shalt not kill’ commandment in Exodus 20:13! Isaiah 66:9 explains it as. there cannot be a conception (pregnancy) without delivery (= miscarriage). No birth is a mistake. 29:11 expatiates.Page | 93
. there is a balance of the men and their wives. procreation. and shut the womb? saith thy God.Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother.Shall I bring to the birth. how the man will conduct his life in this world. If it is God. and likewise the Eves (women). God categorically states in Genesis 2:24. God in His own wisdom knows how He brings man into the world. Jeremiah 1:5. there cannot be a delivery without a conversion (= bareness).And I will kill her children with death. or a covenant that you had or your parents made for you. There cannot be a wife without a husband in this world. not a curse! God has a perfect plan for every man. and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. The question is do you have a rib as a man? It is not a matter of feelings. sin disorganizes the will of God in your life. everything about you is already planned by God therefore you cannot make a mistake. However. Any woman who experienced such was her sin/ fault. beauty. indeed some countries may be overpopulated with women but they can never outnumber the men. there are many Adams (men) in the world. Now. satisfaction or some other reason of marrying. bareness and miscarriages are not from God. The matter is do you have a wife.
Romans 5:8 says. saith the LORD. So far as God is concerned. There is yet forgiveness for you in God’s heart. to give you an expected end. that the offence might abound.But God commendeth his love toward us. you will rise again . which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs 2. and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. and not of evil. who fell in that weakness. even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death. There’s only one rib that best fits in a man but not every man that has a rib. But where sin abounded.For there are some eunuchs. Not even Adam who disobeyed or you.Moreover the law entered. It means some are not meant for marriage and women too. nothing is unintended. Know that if you fall. if you are thinking your sins or weakness are weighing you down. God already had a remedy for you even before and after you made the mistake. you should confess when you fall. That was a mean altar for those who have fallen. in that. You cannot disappoint God. while we were yet sinners. Romans 5:20-21 teaches that. and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you. thoughts of peace. will not and cannot marry.Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. which have made themselves eunuchs Page | 94
. He says in Matthew 19:12. Jesus explains why some men do not. Christ died for us. which were so born from their mother's womb 1: and there are some eunuchs. you can come to Him and plead.
for the kingdom of heaven's sake 3. To explain why some do not marry. It is hard to live by this standard. 1.God bear them up! According to God as Jesus replicated in his teaching. All men cannot receive this saying. And I say unto you. it is not good to marry. His disciples say unto him. they were born impotent or infertile to the glory of God 2. He that is able to receive it. save they to whom it is given. Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. they want to be committed to the ministry instead Jesus concludes that there are people like that who cannot marry. If the case of the man be so with his wife. As to what happens to those who have not found their ideal men. they are not meant for promiscuity. By nature.He saith unto them. who are supposed to devote their life to the work of God . Jesus rebukes such persons in Matthew 19:8-11. let him receive it. the widows can follow suit. except it be for fornication. Whosoever shall put away his wife. So the men who do not marry have their ribs left wondering! How true is that? There are virgins. By God’s will. and shall marry another. they chose to not marry for personal/ social reasons 3. By oath.Page | 95
. But he said unto them. many people have flouted this standard.
not two. courtship is free from this rule! The couple is only allowed to remarry a different when death takes away his/ her love  Marrying a divorcee is an abomination: Divorce is only granted on the occasion of fornication by one spouse. it is impossible to separate what is one . you soil the bed too if you remarry thinking you will be saving the situation (holier than thou). Remarriage is only granted upon the death of the spouse who soiled the bed. However. but know that divorce is not allowed . it does not guarantee the faithful spouse who is now divorced to remarry. except for reason of fornication. Matthew 19:11. If one divorces his wife or husband. then he/ she should be prepared to remain single and never to marry a different person because he/ she would be cheating on someone’s wife or husband! One can however go back to the wife or husband that he/ she divorced from when the dispute is settled.
Divorce is an abomination: The married couples are one flesh.
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. And even that. Courtship is exempted from this rule!
If you think it is difficult to live by the standards. it is an abomination to divorce from a marriage Divorcing to marry is an abomination: Only one rib was taken from the man. The marriage bed has been soiled but you can make it clean by your faithfulness by detaching yourself. then going for celibacy is the best option. you must pray for grace to live in that unction. This is applicable in marriage only. God did not take two ribs from the man to make two wives for him.But he said unto them. All men cannot receive this saying. save they to whom it is given.
God knows how He keeps/ sustains the singles in His glory and power for the work of the ministry. as far as God is concerned is prominent on this earth only. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord.SO.Jesus answered and said unto them. 1 Corinthians 6:17. Because they are married to God. Ye do err. you cannot be single .But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Indeed marriage is a blessing because God honors it but God’s glory is revealed more and more in the single’s life. It is yet a mystery how singles devote themselves to God without hesitation. Jesus said in Matthew 22:29-30. not knowing the scriptures. which is similar in meaning to the work of the ‘ministry’. 1 Corinthians 7:32.
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. The Apostle Paul uses the word ‘calling’ several times in 1 Corinthians 7:12-24. So the grace of God fills that longing for a partner in your heart if only you join yourself to Him. Marriage.But I would have you without carefulness. they devote their life to serve Him even as married couples serve each other. nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry. nor are given in marriage. but are as the angels of God in heaven. ARE THE EUNUCH’S RIBS INTACT? Jesus says unless you have the grace. how he may please the Lord: NB: Marriage is a ministry on its own outside (equivalent to) the five-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit.
so are we going to be in the new earth . they do not marry yet they are at peace in themselves and serve God all day. O wife. O man.Marriage will be insignificant in the new earth . we do not know how we will be like but as God is. whether thou shalt save thy wife? Choose which to take. marriage or the five-fold ministry combined! Some are operating in both and are doing well…
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.For what knowest thou. whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou. it can also send one to hell if carelessly entered in. That is to say that attention should not be given to marriage more than one’s salvation. that is the power of God! Consider the angels. did He need any mother God to produce the Son of God? Yet Revelation 21:914 talks of the church being the bride of Christ. 1 Corinthians 7:16. Marriage is a blessing if one prepares himself or herself well. If you think that is strange. Is God married.
Marriage was not meant to be a platform for procreation but for comfort in the light of temptation as reasoned earlier . Adam acknowledged the woman and therefore God instituted their marriage. because she was taken out of Man.
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. marriage is not ideal because it was not God’s original intention.And Adam said.MARRIAGE IS NOT THE IDEAL THING? The answer is both yes and no. Genesis 2:23 recites. That is to say that marriage is ideal for man only when he appreciates it. For Jesus. Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. in the first place. That balls down on the fact that man perceived the necessity of marriage. This is now bone of my bones. and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman. 2. 1.He saith unto them. God agrees to what the man says . Jesus does not mince words at all in Matthew 19:8.
or on the other hand. it will end up in divorce. The key words must be understood. which God abhors! Going back to the question. With all respect. it is because you are already married! It does not make sense but it is the truth. oath. magnets do not attract non-magnetic materials because they do not have anything in common. what keeps people from getting married? Laying aside Jesus’ factors of impotency. God’s will outlined in Matthew 19:12. spirits marry. The same is for sin and holiness explicated in Titus 1:15. Why do people marry. you are single.Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure. not just a woman but a wife that God has designed specifically for you.WHY AM I NOT MARRIED? If you are not married. but even their mind and conscience is defiled. and what keeps them in the marriage. It can also be said that if you are not married it is because you are not compatible! A previous question read “are several ribs available for the man to choose from?” Either you do not have a rib i. it is no work of the devil. To hypothesize. to define. infertility. Love. When you marry anybody. if you are not married then you are not getting married. is the centrifugal force that tugs a person closer to his self because of the property that is common to the two of them. you are designed to be single or you have not found your rib! It means that you cannot just marry anybody. there is a wife.e. You would say the earth is physical and everything on it is Page | 100
. Love is a force that causes an attraction between two people because of something that is common to both of them. LOVE. anything is marry-able on this earth. people are not gotten married to because they are joined to somebody(-thing) else. Magnets attract only magnetic substances.
so that things which are seen (physical) were not made of things which do appear (spiritual).Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. I would ask also. demons. they went into the herd of swine: and. Man is a spirit. behold. Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Matthew 8:31-32. Some of the few examples of the creatures being stimulated spirits are. where did the earth come or how was it created. That is to say that it is unchristian to practice such things although there is the gift of discerning of the spirit. they removed. and the lightnings. the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea. Go.physical. Genesis 3:1. Hebrews 11:3 & John 6:63 proves that. and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it.. Satan. Man is exempted because he is confined in his flesh. you would say. and stood afar off. One truth is that the creatures can be stimulated at the presence of a spirit like God. suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. Page | 101
. It is true that man cannot relate to the earthly creation except there is an interface (the flesh). hath God said.So the devils besought him. sorcerers and necromancers flout this rule all the time because they are perverted. Yea. They are something else but they cannot be spirits. spirit.Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. and what are words.... and they are life. And he said unto the woman.Exodus 20:18. and the creatures are not spirits because they were made after their own kind yet they are spiritual. and the noise of the trumpet. the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you. And he said unto them. And when they were come out. If thou cast us out. However. ‘From the word of God’. It is the spirit that quickeneth. and perished in the waters.And all the people saw the thunderings. they are spirit.. saying.
I do not wish to dwell on the types of marriage. etc.Ye are of your father the devil. demons will do that. Marriage is stirred up (possible) by love! Are you surprised why you are addicted to the pornography. That is a different book if I talk on how to break out of lust and addiction. although his presence causes physical manifestations. Page | 102
. celibacy. Find out what you are in love with most. everything that you are in love with and break from them. therefore a man can be married to the devil. idolatry is an abomination . if you are not getting married then you should know that you are married to somebody or something else. They are all spirits. Animals are not spirits but I said they can be stimulated at the presence of a spirit. football. because there is no truth in him. and the father of it. and the lusts of your father ye will do. teddy bear. a man can be married to animals even. When he speaketh a lie. contact me with the e-mail provided at the back of the page. God does not inhabit anything except man and his praises. I will recommend any book that biblically approaches breaking free from certain kinds of bondages that may be related to your circumstance. marrying an unbeliever.What am I trying to say. and you are not able to break away from it and stop? Whatever that you love you are married to that thing. If there are personal questions you have. there is some sort of relationship at least… John 8:44 cites. If you love your Bible more than God… that’s a big question mark! To advise. That is to say that you cannot seek God in animals because He is not in them. God will not dwell in animals. marriage is possible between two men who are spirits because a man can be married to God too . 1 Corinthians 6 & 7 addresses many of the issues of divorce. fornication. evil spirits possess it. TV. etc. He was a murderer from the beginning. If you have an affair with something or an animal. and abode not in the truth. he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar. if possible. gain access into your spirit and manipulate (be married to) you.
Relationship (Men) < self (You) < Fellowship (God) You cannot deviate from this rule/ principle as a Christian. Psalms 84:10. and love the other.No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one. Dwelling with men often makes you a stranger to-wards God.There is a correlation between relationship (with man) and fellowship (with God). It is very vital for you to know. or else he will hold to the one. to please God displeases some men. and all these things shall be added unto you. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Your relationship with man is temporary. God bless you!
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. think on the eternal Father you will be staying with forever. Matthew 6:24. give God first priority and God will fill in your schedule with men.For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.But seek ye first the kingdom of God. than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. In other words. Matthew 6:33. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God. only if you plan to go to heaven. and his righteousness. and despise the other. To please men is to displease God.
32. God inhabits praise of people 14. 9. Revelation 21:2. 29. Matthew19:12c 13. 33. 23. 22. Leviticus 11-15 15. 8. 24. Incense John 5:39 Matthew 19:12 1 John 1:9.
Matthew 19:11 Luke 20:35 1 John 3:2 Matthew 18:18 Genesis 2:18 1 Corinthians 6:17 Exodus 20:3-5
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. Proverbs 19:21. 10. 26. 7. 31. 5. 21. Proverbs 24:16 1 Corinthians 6: Mark 10:9 1 Corinthians 7:8-9
1. 11. 9 Genesis 1:27 Genesis 2:21 Genesis 2:21b Genesis 2:22 Galatians 5:17 Exodus 25-26. John 5:39 17. 25. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 20. Psalm 127:1. 6. 1 King 6-7 1 Kings 7:29 1 Samuel 21:1-6 Matthew 6:24 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. 4. John 16:24
27. 28.Glossary 2. Isaiah 55:8-9 19. 3. 12. 30. 1 Samuel 18:3 18. Hebrews 6:4-6 16.
wanting to dominate when she already is perfect before God.-
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. But research findings indicate otherwise. The woman is not pleased with herself. all things are become new. The reason is. they have made impact! The woman may not agree but she should just consider herself. It is too controversial to speak about (be understood of in that sense).
I prefer to use this terminology to explain this last part of the mystery. If it is a matter of curse then Christians have long been redeemed from it. Some attribute it to the curse that God pronounced on the woman to be the man’s subordinate.Therefore if any man be in Christ. To talk about the punishment – which I prefer other than a curse – that has run down through women’s generations. wasn’t he also converted from the world? The woman is special… special in sin too? That is not Biblical. or it is because she used to be in the world? What about the men. he is a new creature: old things are passed away. There’s no excuse when 2 Corinthians 5:17 clearly states that. It is not a good excuse to continue in sin and folly. Very few have discovered their identity and have lived it. women. even Christians – all over the world – cannot be seen to be living in their identity. it is finished! Genesis 3:16. and test if she is proud of herself! I spoke lightly on the woman trying to be like other stars or models in an earlier topic. Is it that the Christian woman has copied or is copying the world.IV. and yet she claims to be special… The woman is not herself: striving for gender equality when she is already equal. behold.
and her pregnancy was God’s counsel. The first punishment is of importance now. else. Thou art my Son. Hebrew 1:5 says. The word “raba h” is related to “rabab” which means ‘to shoot an arrow: shoot (projection)’ and “rabab” (different spelling in Hebrew) which means ‘to cast together. increase. in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. The punishment was dual. If Eve had given birth before the fall.Unto the woman he said. and he shall be to me a Son? It is an exposition of the fact that there was a ‘multiplication’ of her conception – KJV English! The Hebrew rendering for ‘multiply’ as used in the context is “raba h” which means ‘to increase (in whatever respect)’. and thy desire shall be to thy husband. That her problems would be multiplied.For unto which of the angels said he at any time. It was not in the salvation plan of Jesus to add laborfree pregnancy and sorrow-free life to the woman. The woman’s pregnancy was extended (multiplied) for causing the man to fall and it was not been reversed by Jesus. you believe someone for personal gain but to believe in someone is for mutual gain.Page | 106
. I will be to him a Father. She could have delivered within a day as God the Father did. John 1:12 & John 3:16 recaps. it would have taken her less than the nine months of pregnancy we know of. I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. To believe someone is different from believing in someone. to multiply by the myriad’. the first was on a correlation of anxiety and labor whilst the second was on headship. this day have I begotten thee? And again. but there was a provision if the woman will believe . every sinner would have believed him and never believe in him. and he shall rule over thee.
emotion. but have everlasting life. these also doeth the Son likewise. dispute can never outwitted in marriage but it can be restrained. Every single Christian is automatically married to God. There is the downward authority and lateral authority. not divorced. but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. I say unto you. With God’s type of marriage. Verily. In organization. that he gave his only begotten Son. The only way to outwit marriage’s problem is to be single. menopause. God cannot be domineered in marriage because He is greater. instability of mind. there is a rule of the sharing of authority. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord. her problem has been increased: menstruation. Marriage is a blessing but there is also. Page | 107
. verily. even to them that believe on his name: For God so loved the world. vulnerability of heart. her wife is equal to him therefore there is difficulty in taking decision. For man. 1 Corinthians 7:34 & 6:17. It should be understood that there was no sorrow before the fall. the grace on single people – they are comforted by God. He takes the decision and man obeys! John 5:19 expatiates. that whosoever believeth in him should not perish. that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world. Downward authority is submissive and active whilst lateral authority is competitive and cognitive. The Son can do nothing of himself.Then answered Jesus and said unto them. how she may please her husband. etc. to them gave he power to become the sons of God.There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. mood.But as many as received him. For the punishment of fighting for headship. Now.
She can now say I am blessed and no more cursed. What then is the real/ intended identity of the woman? Oops! I guess I have already spoken of who the woman is but in a different sense slightly.And ye shall know the truth. she does not know and therefore she is innocent. when the woman finds out she is no longer under the curse and has been set free from it. and the truth shall make you free. To explain. FINDING OUT WHO YOU ARE NOT DOES NOT CAUSE YOU TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE TO BE WHO YOU ARE. she will be indifferent. that is real freedom because she now knows the truth (her identity).Overburdened Inferior Laboring/ laborious
The complete truth then is. it does not make her to realize who she is. John 8:32 explains. THAT IS YOUR REAL IDENTITY When the woman has found her real identity. THE IDEAL WOMAN THAT GOD INTENDED IS GENESIS 2:18 Page | 108
. get hold of the manufacturer’s manual and know about the product.Divine marriage is problem-free and it is the best for ministers who are involved in the work of God . Even when you ask her identity or call her by a certain identity. she is then capable of living in that identity because she now knows it. she can say she is not cursed. For the moment. YOU ARE INNOCENT. To know what a product comprises. SO THEN. That tells you the Christian woman is not. This is truth. but as to whether she is redeemed.
Saul’s daughter. If you want to know a woman… be critical of the man she is attached/ married to . and rebuked them. If you can search her mind. It is surprising to know. King David deserved a better wife because he was a man after God’s own heart . The woman has a fair idea of the man she is supposed to be married to but she sometimes compromises when she is not meeting her ideal man. Refer to Abigail and Nabal . I have quoted Genesis 2:8 several times in this book but you never caught the Rhema [f]. 3. her identity is hid in the man that she is supposed to be with.
Glossary 1. Refer to the subheading. her identity by the Spirit of God only. You are husband's wife and he is your husband. Luke 9:55. Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. and said. 2. you will know slightly what the mind of her spirit (identity) is. you can only know her. Abigail did not deserve a fool because she was virtuous. John 16:33 Isaiah 62:5 1 Samuel 25 2 Samuel 6 Page | 109
.But he turned. there is a perfect rib for a man but the rib is liable to vary when the man varies!!! If the woman is not married or attached. you will marry the right man for your life on earth. you do your own self harm when you do not pray for him. Do not compromise your standard because even if you make a mistake. Compare Abigail and Michal. she indeed deserved a husband like King David! It is the truth.The woman is the glory of the man. ‘ONENESS & EQUALITY’ for explanations. 4.
Most books about/ on women are written by men! Sarah Noi: It is not unusual. However. I thank God for the testimonies that I have received from some women I talked with.CONCLUSION [ECCLESIASTES 12:13]
I had a hot argument with a good friend of mine.Rosemond: You are right. Actually. It is to let you know and glorify God what He does on earth. criticisms to the email provided at the end of this book. That was not a big deal for me. a man may know a woman based on the experience he’s had with women. what is your problem if God reveal His secret to His servant. She thought it never possible to know or understand the woman. my contact has been provided in the last page of this book. What has it to do with you… yours is to learn in silence. I believe it is possible for men to know women better the women know about themselves! Wilhelmina Daniels: It is not strange. This is a free book and for that matter. it is subject to revision as the Lord directs. You can mail your comment. he may identify some traits which run through all women! If you have any doubts and arguments you have. God bless you!!!
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IV. the quality of being one” and an example like “Our God is one. undivided. Oneness. VIII.Genesis 2:20. unity. V. III. X. Chronology of Creation. though the members may be many.Genesis 2:16 -17 Man alone .Oneness is one topic in the Christendom that is doctrinal.This is a chronological order of the creation. Creation complete. the same” and gives as example. II. XI. Its studies are simple but complicated.Genesis 1:26 Creation of man .Genesis 2:19 Man commanded intently . blessed and commanded . sometimes even a mystery to ministers. or rather very oneness.” It also defines oneness as “Singleness in number.Genesis 2:21-22 Page | 111
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a. individuality. IX. “The church is therefore one.” b.Genesis 2:6 Watering of earth explained .Genesis 2:15 Man displays authority .Genesis 2:10-14 Idea of man . 18 Making of woman .Genesis 2:7 Man created.Genesis 1:27 -29 Man placed in Eden . VI. No part has been changed. no man to till the ground – Genesis 2:4-5 Garden of Eden made with the tree – Genesis 2:8-9 Earth water . Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines one as "Single by union. it has been rearranged! I. VII. XII.
Its cause is not originally known. XIV. that he may abide with you for ever. consoler: . It is in the Old Testament that sons and daughters were mentioned alike altogether. Man.Genesis 2:24 Man’s holiness . it was only the male whether young or old that were counted. John 14:16 reads.Genesis 2:25 Review of creation .Genesis 2:2-3
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. Angels are referred to as sons of God. even when there was made mention of a multitude. XVII. XVI.
Marriage proposed .XIII. it means an assistant. It pleases spirituality for it to be so. Refer to ‘man’.advocate. In modern English. XV. comforter”. which is quite similar to the responsibility of the Holy Spirit.this is also an ambiguous doctrine that tends to eliminate the gender of women.Genesis 2:23 Marriage instituted .Genesis 1:31 Comment on creation . daughter is never mentioned. the only room left for the woman to hold argument is when child(ren) was used in the New Testament. e.Genesis 2:1 Sabbath emphasized .” d. that every child of God should be a son to Him. The Old English language has changed in meaning a bit.there is a bit of ambiguity in this topic. but in the New Testament. the language changed. XVIII. As the Holy Spirit is to Jesus so the woman is to the man. Parakletos.
as revealed by the Spirit. That is to say man is dual or composite. It is not a nice attitude and sadly speaking. born again Christians. I believe which commanded them not to include women so much in the affairs of God especially. it runs through all women and even those in the church. There is no difference or distinction between them because they are one. He teaches us on what the word of God (the Bible) says. Part. Only Jesus has seen both parts of God Page | 113
. Adam. The Jewish may have had an ordinance by Moses. kings were male.Bible literature that the term ‘man’ is used sometimes to refer to both genders. It had come to stay and it appeared first in the account of creation (Genesis 1:26). the feminine (female) and masculine (male).there is a part in man. no man will see him (the front part to be precise) and live. That may be God’s perspective (Genesis 5:2) and therefore.It is the enlightening of the word of God. f. Moses saw God’s hinder part and lived because God said. That is the work of the Spirit as relayed in John 14:26.e. 15:26. and there had not been any prophecy concerning the birth of a female and what she would do in the world except for a specific mission work like Virgin Mary.God sees the man and woman as Adam. Bible/ scriptures which whilst you read. So their priests were male. they thought it wise to exempt the counting of females during census because it is tautological! h. It can also be the written word i.
g. It seems as though women are not reliable in carrying out the work of God therefore any prophecy concerning females was left open to whomsoever was willing to tap into the prophecy. 23). He also has two part: the hinder part and the front part (Exodus 33:20. What about God. Rhema. It is not discriminative for the Hebrew and Greek writers to exempt the woman. there is a sudden intuitive understanding.
ruah (“spirit”) are very closely connected in the Old Testament. i. into whose hands the inbreathed spirit is surrendered. Ezekiel 18:4. to which reference has been made. according to Oehler the phrases naphsh (“my soul”). Psalms 146:4). or nephesh and ru
h. I. but also of spirit (Psalms 31:5. his ego.' the soul kept in energy and strength. nephesh (“soul”).. The dead are called souls (Revelation 6:9. Hence.the soul and spirit are used interchangeably in the scriptures. lies the individuality . Job 11:20). 217): “Man is not spirit. Soul & Spirit. Genesis 17:14.' the soul called into being. if you understand that the dual man had two parts. the spirit as the principle. Hence. [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. both the Old and New Testament. but not ruh (“my spirit”). we read that “out of it (the heart) are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). though they are not synonymous. tu
naphshekha (“thy soul”) may be rendered in Latin egomet. It is no different for the man. and exists continually through it. Soul] The terms are used inter changeably. The distinction between psuche and pneuma.” He draws attention to the words of Elihu in Job (Job 33:4): 'God's spirit made me. by the Almighty. may best be described in
the words of Oehler (Old Testament Theology.soul standing for the whole person. 'and the breath of the Almighty animates me. Lexicon). The heart is there represented as “the organ. Lebhabh (“heart”)..(John 1:18).. Page | 114
. the soul as the subject of life” (Cremer. In the soul. Dying is represented as the surrender of soul (Genesis 35:18. in continued existence. his self. but has it: he is soul. which sprang from the spirit.in the case of man. when the soul departs or is taken from us (1 Kings 19:4). his personality. ruhakha (“thy spirit”) . as in Genesis 12:5. etc.
Telephone: 00233 (0) 242 741 140 E-mail: aboagyealbert@hotmail. [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. “impatient in spirit” (Job 21:4. 1 Peter 3:19). “vexed” (Judges 16:16). in the Hebrew). “discouraged” (Numbers 21:4). As in the Old Testament so in the New Testament. At death the “spirit” departs (Psalms 146:4.” or troubled (Matthew 26:38. “weary” (Zechariah 11:8).” The living are described as “disturbed” or “grieved” in soul (Judges 10:16). John 12:27).com
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. but also as in “anguish of spirit” (Exodus 6:9). but also the “soul” (Genesis 35:18). in the Hebrew). 'straitened in spirit' (Micah 2:7).Revelation 20:4). In the last mentioned text the “spirits in prison” are also called “souls. our Lord “sighed” or “was troubled in the spirit” (John 13:21)?. but we also read that His soul was “exceeding sorrowful. and also spirits (Hebrews 12:23.