Greetings to the Father, son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. In the last blog, I established that Paul taught Timothy about the manner in which women should respond to instruction about dress and any other teaching, for that matter. I will reiterate the words he wrote in 1 Tim 2: 12 – 14:

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

Paul is actually saying that the woman must not usurp authority over the man for two reasons – Adam was formed first (Law of Firsts) and secondly, because Eve was deceived by the devil. For the sake of clarity, the words “usurp authority” mean – to act on one’s own authority, or to to govern, exercise dominion over one (strong’s in blueletterbible.com). I have chosen to interpret “usurp authority” to mean one who acts on one’s own authority, given the fact that Paul said that Adam was created first and that Eve (not Adam) was deceived by the devil. Silence is interpreted as “quietness (a description of the life of one who stays at home doing his own work, and does not officiously meddle with the affairs of others) and silence” (Strong’s in blueletterbible.com).

HIDDEN MEANING IN PAUL’S STATEMENTS

I hope that I am not going to “jump the fun here”, but I am seeing some hidden meaning in Paul’s  statements to Timothy about Eve’s temptation (something that was not told to us in Genesis 3). More on that!

EVE AND THE LAW OF FIRSTS

We need to reread Gen 1 – 3 in order to fully understand the context in which Paul wrote to Timothy. There are truths  related to his letter to Timothy:

RE: tree of knowledge of good and evil

1. Adam was created first, giving him the privilege of having direct access to information that Eve did not e.g. names of the animals, commands given by God.
2. Adam First received information about the tree of knowledge of good and evil
3. Adam taught this information to Eve

RE: DOMINION

1. Adam was the head by virtue of the fact that he was created first
2. Eve was created as Adam’s helpmeet (help him tend to the garden and to be fruitful and multiply). He could not do so with the animals.
3. Both Adam and Eve were given dominion over the created things
RE: The temptation

1. Eve seemed to have a problem with the fact that they could not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the devil touched her right where it hurt when he insinuated the words “hath God said?”.
2. Is Paul implying that Eve had argued with Adam over the issue when he siad that women must learn in silence with all subjection? Is that why the devil said, “hath God said?”.
3. Eve was deceived into believing that she would become a god when she ate the fruit – lure of power. This was the temptation that caused satan to fall from heaven. She should have clarified the issue, but she was taken on a tour of the tree by the devil and ate the fruit when she SAW that it was good.
4. Eve became a servant to sin/thedevil when she yielded. They both became servants of sin when Adam yielded.
5. Adam gave up all dominion to the devil when he wilfully sinned (maybe to please her). Things may have been OK with God if he had rebuked her. They should have either subdued the devil together OR Adam should have run the devil off.
6. Eve “usurped authority” or took matters into her own hands when she acted on her own authority without giving consideration to her husband’s instructions about the tree.
7. Eve was guilty of using misapplied influence when she induced Adam to eat.
8. God had to put Eve in subjection to Adam – “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you” (Gen 3: 16). He will have dominion over you and you will long for him. This clearly tells us that they were equals before the fall. She would now have to consult Adam on every issue. He would have the final say before any decision was made in the Adam and Eve family.

I hope that this was helpful. Blessings!

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