A journey through the Bible’s Verses, their context, and meanings …
… With the 3:16 Address
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16
This verse is the beginning of God’s judgment and sentencing of mankind and Satan. This is His judgment and sentence on Eve, and all women after her, for her role in the fall of mankind. We all know the story of how the serpent deceived Eve in the garden, talking her into eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Well, the Lord was telling her that she was going to desire pleasing her husband and from that desire she would conceive and bear children.
Though the King James Version quoted above uses the word sorrow, the Aramaic word used has several meanings:
- pain, hurt, toil, sorrow, labor, hardship
- hurt, offense
- toil, hardship
Childbirth can be painful, or it can be a blissful job, a job with great labor. But I don’t think this is exactly what the Lord was speaking of. For you see the rest of the sentence said that Eve's desire would be after her husband and he would rule over her, giving her guidance and direction. Having and raising the children of this desire was going to be a chore to her … a lifetime commission of work to guide and instruct those she had born.
As women, this is our commission too. We were designed to be a helper purposely fitted to complement our husbands and assist them with running the family so that he can conquer the world, or at least his little corner of it. We are to train for this purpose, this life at the feet of our mothers, grandmothers and other wise women of our community, our church family.
Many women, both believers and unbelievers, have thrown away their purpose for the lies that Satan was spewing in that Garden so very long ago. I had thrown it away, too.
But thanks to God’s Salvation and renewing of my spirit, I have been reborn. And as a woman of God, I have decided to follow after Him and His plan for my life … His desires are becoming my own.
Thank you, Jesus, for new life in You and a new desire to serve You as You created me to. AMEN!