Charles E. Whisnant
December 16, 2009
The trouble of women in the world from Eve to 2009
The harsh treatment of women, which is pretty much the general pattern of human history, was not the original design of God, sin brought it in.
While its true that sin has brought about death, and decay and decline and disintegration, we all understand that. But in a very specific way, women have a general category of suffering
Primarily, their suffering is related to two things:
First part of the curse: childbearing and childrearing.
There is this permanent bearing and caring of children, the constant dealing with husbands (men in their lives). It has been a hard and persistent and awful often sorrowful duty through most of history.
While its true women can and do find some measure of joy in their children, and from time to time some measure of joy in their husband.
But the fact is, it is the unique burden for women to bear, to have to deal with children, with pregnancy, to have to deal with husbands & men in their lives, who do not understand them not care for them compassionately and with understanding.
In most societies as we know throughout human history, they have been treated, as second class, if that. In many cultures women belonged to men for their own usage. Men have the dominated over them.
In human history childbearing have taken woman to the brink of death. In the third world countries, women go into pregnancy realizing they could die, to say nothing of losing the child.
The woman not only fears in child bearing, but even in the birth of that child, worries about the child’s physical harm. Then there is the worry of rebellion that will break the mothers heart.
THE QUESTION THEN IS WHY IS IT SO? WAS THIS GOD’S ORIGINAL INTENTION?
The answer: NO. That’s all part of the curse. Genesis 3:16.
Just remember it was SIN that changed the intention of God for all of us. I know you and I would say, “Hi I was not in the Garden with Adam and Eve., so why should I have to pay?” The answer is because God wants to remind you and me all the time how terrible sin is, and what’s it’s done.
Second part of the curse: the difficult dealing with men in their lives.
Dealing with husband in the cave men area (which there was none) we know was hard, but in the 21st century, in the high-tech world, we may be equally more insensitive to the needs of women. Women are giving birth to little sinners, and married to a big one.
A BRIEF LOOK BACK ON THE ORGINIAL INTENT OF GOD IN CREATION.
As you know God created Adam and Eve in the garden originally in perfection and in sinlessness and they had eternal life.
Even in the garden God said they would be fruitful and multiply. They would have had babies in the perfect environment of Paradise. Now wouldn’t that be wonderful. Marriage and children would have been perfect for ever. Of course disobedience caused the sin that cause the curses.
Genesis 3:16 “Unto the woman he said,” I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;”
Note the punishment stands in direct relation to the sin of the woman.
- It’s a specific word of divine judgment, not natural, consequences, but judicial sentencing. The punishment keep the woman aware of the sin in the garden. It’s consistent with her iniquity. She sinned in want of personal enjoyment.
- Now in seeking her personal fulfillment, and contentment and happiness with a child and a man, she will find her greatest misery. No it’s not housework, and doing the laundry or cooking.
But “I will greatly multiply your pain.” i.e. Your pregnancies or conception. I will cause you to be great in your sorrow .
The ideal is intensification. Greater sorrow. It is consistent with God to make trouble a consequence for sin. God isn’t making someone sin. But it is consistent with God to allow it.
Deuteronomy. Romans 1 and I Corinthians 5 give us some scriptural basis for this sorrow.