GENDER ROLES IN THE BIBLE

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Every time that the New Testament has any sort of extended commentary on gender roles, it always refers back to the Old Testament. In Gen 1, we see that men and women are created ontologically equal. That is, their essence, or being, or basic quality is the same.

Gen 1:26-28

Notice that when God wants to create a creature in his image, he does so in two irreducible parts. That is, by themselves, men do not reflect the image of God, nor to women. You need a man and a woman to reflect the image of God. God gives dominion/authority to both men and women to rule over all the earth. He gives it to them equally. The command is for them to rule together. 

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”Gen 2:7 notice that the man was created first, and that it was clear from the very beginning that by himself things were “not good”. In Gen 2:18, God announces he will make a “helper” for him. The word helper here means the kind of help coming to alleviate some sort of deficiency. In other words, God created a woman because the man needed her.  

In Vs 23, the man names the woman. “The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.” It would be clearly understood that this act of naming signaled that the man had authority over and responsibility for the woman. She does not name him in return. He was not taken out of her body, but she was taken out of his. Finally, notice that there is great intimacy, harmony and peace between them.

In relationship to Christ, a man is a body and Christ is the head. In relationship to his wife, though, the man is the head and the wife is the body. Christ is a body, with God as the head. So its like this: Wife – Husband – Christ – God. Who is more powerful, Jesus or God the Father? They are both God. However, they have different roles. The father did not die for our sins, that was the job of Jesus. They are equal, but have different jobs. Jesus was submissive to the Father. Not because he is inadequate, incompetent, but because He completely trusted the father to do his job, and together (with the Holy Spirit), they accomplished our redemption. 

This seems to be the way the Bible presents the gender differences. They are equal, but have different jobs. Women are in the submissive role (like Jesus in his relationship to the Father), and men are in the leadership role (like Jesus in his relationship to the church). It should be understood that neither men nor women are superior to the other because we mutually benefit from the other sex by God’s design and purpose.

Thank you for reading, God bless you. I hope you’ve being blessed today. Kindly leave a comment; I always love to hear from you.




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