Last week we wrestled with culture’s changing definition of womanhood, and asked, “Just what does it mean to be a woman?” We looked at Genesis 1 and discovered that woman is created in the image of God to rule. Of course, so is man. So this week we’re looking at Genesis chapter 2 to see how the genders are distinctly different. In Genesis 2, we’re given more detail about the creation of humanity. For example, we find out that God creates the male first. What can we deduce from this?
Some people say since man was created first, he is superior to woman. Well, the monkey was created before the man, so does that mean monkeys are superior to men? Some say since woman was made out of man, man is superior since he was the original substance. Well, man was made out of dust, so does that mean dust is superior to man? The logic here doesn’t hold up.
The only thing we can deduce from male being created first is what God deduced: “It is not good!” So far, God had declared everything he’s made good. But then God makes man & declares it is “not good.” Why? Because man’s alone. Why is it not good that the man’s alone? Because he’s supposed to be made in the image of the triune God! And he can’t reflect the image of the triune God when he’s alone. So God makes a helper for him, so he won’t be alone & he can be in the image of the triune God. “That is why a man leaves his father & mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
This past year, with the hugely promoted transition of Bruce Jenner to Kaitlynn Jenner, I have been pondering, “Just what does it mean to be a woman?” Is it really just about a feeling, a glamorous makeover & big, fake breasts? I know that’s a crass over-simplification, but seriously, how do we define what a woman is today?
Culture’s definition keeps changing. The ancient Roman culture defined women as man’s property. Sadly, that’s still the definition in some places today. In the 1950s, our culture defined a woman by her domestic abilities. Later generations threw out those traditional gender roles, and defined women by their power –that they could do anything equally as well as men. Now, it seems our culture defines a woman just be her inner desire & her external appearance – which can easily change. And since we’re not all wives & mothers, how do we define what a woman is?
It’s times like these, that I choose to trust in the enduring truth of God’s Word. The Creator of women knows what a woman truly is! Now, to cover all of what God’s Word teaches about women in one blog is pretty much impossible…so I’m going to break this down into 4 blog posts. I’ll focus on Genesis, because all good theology starts in Genesis. It’s in Genesis we learn how God originally created things to be, before sin messed everything up.
Genesis 1:26-28 records why God creates man & woman…
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in OUR image, in OUR likeness,
Let’s pause right here & realize this is a reference to the Triune God. Genesis 1 records that God is present, the Spirit is present hovering over the waters, and John 1 records that the Son (also called The Word) is present in speaking things into existence. All three persons of the Godhead are present, and yet they are a unified one –they have only 1 image.