ELEISON COMMENTS DCCCXL (August 19, 2023) WOMEN in SCRIPTURE – I
Our times are in much confusion on the subject of man and woman. Here below, God Himself speaks on the subject. He should know, because it is He that designed us, and not we ourselves (Ps. 99, 3).
Gen. II, 18-24: A helpmate.
18 And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a helpmate like unto himself… 21 Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, He took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. 22 And the Lord God made the rib which he took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam. 23 And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. 24 Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.
Gen. III, 16: The Fall: punishment, submission
To the woman also He said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
1 Cor. XI, 3-12: Hierarchy
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God… 7 The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. 9 For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.
Eph. V, 21-33: Marriage
22 Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord; 23 Because the husband is the head of the
wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of His Body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be <subject> to their husbands in all things… 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.
Col. III, 18-21: Family
18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this pleases well the Lord.
1 Tim. II, 9-15: Salvation, Motherhood
11 Let the woman learn in silence, with all submission. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed; then Eve. 14 And Adam was not seduced; but the woman being seduced, was in the transgression. 15 Yet she shall be saved through childbearing… if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety.
Tit. II 4-5 : Young women / love of family
4 That they may teach the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, sober, having a care of the house, gentle, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
I Pet. III, 1-7 : The weaker sex
1 In like manner also let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conversation of the wives… 5 For after this manner heretofore the holy
women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands… 7 Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the female as to the weaker vessel, and as to the co-heirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered. Kyrie eleison How far are modern woman and man off track !
What suffering will it take to bring them back ?