|I had a thought this last weekend, well two actually
(Which makes for quite an intellectually charged 24 hours,
Iíll tell ya!)
Well hereís Thought 1:
At a Saturday morning men's prayer time we were discussing
the difference between condemnation and conviction. We ended
up in Genesis 3 following Adam and Eve's sin. I realized
that being a video-minded person, I saw the whole "Garden
Lost" thing as a series of scenes or vignettes.
Scene 1: Adam and Eve romping in garden ending under
tree of Knowledge.
Scene 2: Eve glancing wistfully at the fruit.
Scene 3: Satan slithers sinuously down the branch to
near Eve's ear and begins to whisper back her own thoughts.
Scene 4: The choice and the bite, clouds threatening,
lightning exploding, Satan slinks away hissing gleefully.
Scene 5: Adam and Eve hiding, seeking protection from
elements and each other.
Scene 6: God searching Adam and Eve out and their
attempt to hide/avoid Him and then blaming others for their
Scene 7: God pronounces consequences: banishment,
toil, future destruction for Satan.
Now there is no scripture for this, but I had the thought
that, at the end of Scene 4, Satan didn't slink away but,
following their sin, continued to plague Adam and Eve with
condemnation. Hence, they manifested unreasonable and
irrational fear and terror of God when he sought and found
My basis for this is four-fold:
1. Personal experience--Satan has done it to me
2. Jesus' temptation
3. Adam and Eveís reactions to a God from whom they'd
experienced only love and Satan was right there when God
4. I had always wondered at the speed of their change of
heart. I no longer wonder. De Devil made Ďem do it!
OK. Here's the Thought 2:
I have to lay some groundwork before the idea will have substance for you.
Our pastor is teaching in Ephesians and had, after much foot
dragging, come to Ephesians 5:22. Yes, the dreaded "submit!"
passage. ("Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
husbands, as unto the Lord.") Well, I must say here
that I was fully impressed with the job he did. First off,
he linked together verses 22 and 30 as both are instructions
to the wife. ("Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
husbands, as unto the Lord. For we are members of his body,
of his flesh, and of his bones.") Secondly, he
enlivened the "respect" aspect by showing that, much like an
appraisal on the "Antiques Road Show", where the ugly,
faded, chipped item your great-great passed on thorough
succeeding generations was, in fact, a unique, one-of-a-kind
creation of a well known and highly valued master, making it
valued at an indecently ginormous amount of money.
Suddenly that which had been shunted to the farthest back
and darkest corner of a little-used cabinet now had
tremendous value and would leave the appraisal hall cradled
in caring hands to be displayed with great honor in a
prominent place upon returning home solely because an expert
placed value on it.
Our pastor went on to draw the analogy that God, the great
Creation-Master, had made this man uniquely for you, oh
wife. He is a true one-of-a-kind. The value the man has is
based, not in his intrinsic value, but rather in two facts:
the Master created him thus, specifically for you, and has
pronounced him of great worth.
Secondly, God gave you women the amazing ability to create
in the man the image God sees. Our Father gave you,
daughters of Eve, the wonderful ability to create with your
words and submissive attitude. This man would give up, sell,
and/or barter everything he gets from the professional world
for that kind of affirming creative input from you. No
longer the slob, but the Super Man!
It was then that I had a simple thought. This is WHY God
made woman a verbal creature. Just as He spoke and the
worlds existed, any daughter of Eve has that same ability
with her words. The fate of worlds and marriages hang on how
she uses that ability. For it is true that behind every
great man is a true woman.