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animals. Here we see Adam’s excellence   womb and the family. God’s mind was that
        –  to  name  the  entire  animal  kingdom   the primary place for the man would be
        without a word of advice from the Creator   as bread winner and the primary place for
        is simply awe-inspiring! Upon finding   the woman would be the family. The New
        no companion among them, we hear the   Testament completely validates this; how
        Lord’s voice, “It is not good that the man   sad when godless societies disregard it.
        should be alone; I will make him an help   Following Adam’s wedding vows (Gen
        meet for him” (Gen 2:18). Within a deep   3:23), we hear the celebrant (God) declare
        sleep,  God  wondrously  brought  from   in verse 24, “Therefore shall a man leave
        his side the woman to be his bride. With   his father and his mother, and shall cleave
        Ephesians 5:22-33 in mind, we understand   unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
        why the man was brought in first as head   As Adam had no earthly father or mother,
        and the woman in submission as his help   we comprehend that the institution of
        meet. This was not a random act by God   marriage  was  not  limited  to  this  first
        for He had Christ and His bride in mind!    couple but was to be upheld throughout
          Having noted the distinction between   the course of the human race. In order
        mankind  and  animals,  we  now  view   to preserve purity and uphold the mind
        stark contrasts between male and female.   of God, it was only after those vows and
        In physical appearance, their bodies are   upon the grounds of matrimony that the
        unique. Reproductive organs, heart, lung   Holy Spirit is careful to record that they
        size, brain shape, hormonal systems and   were “both naked, the man and his wife,
        skeletal structures are uniquely different.   and were not ashamed” (2:25).
        The face of the male is distinctive in his   In all this we see Adam’s example.
        ability to grow a beard, and 1 Corinthians   With man and woman so exquisitely
        11:14  states  that  by  Creatorial  design   distinct from the animal kingdom and
        (“nature”) the man had short hair and the   from each other, it is with bitter anguish
        woman long.                           we witness the arrival of Adam’s enemy.
          There is distinction in physical apparel.   Into the garden entered the devil with
        The command of Deuteronomy 22:5 was   desires  to  destroy  the  beautiful  order
        that “the woman shall not wear that which   of  headship.  We  are  now  confronted
        pertaineth [apparatus = implements/   with Adam’s error. Although the devil
        weapons/tools] unto a  man  [warrior],   deceived the woman, Adam bore ultimate
        neither shall a man put on a woman’s   responsibility  as  head  (cf.  Rom  5:12).
        garment [to assimilate the shape]: for all   Adam gave his explanation (Gen 3:10-12),
        that do so are abomination unto the LORD   but the effects of abandoning his role as
        thy God.” A man purposing to appear   head and allowing the woman to usurp
        as a woman or vice versa (transvestite/  his authority were devastating – a world of
        crossdresser) is abhorrent to our God.   confusion where theories of evolution are
        We see why it was never God’s mind for   propagated, gender distinction is clouded,
        women to go to war in Israel, which leads   and mankind worships and serves the
        us to distinction in physical activities. The   creature more than the Creator, who is
        rebuke given to Adam in Genesis 3:17-19   blessed for ever (Rom 1:25). May God give
        was in the context of work and the field.   us a fresh appreciation for the distinction
        The rebuke for Eve was in context of the   of headship in humanity.

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