I am a woman. In my earliest beginnings I was concealed within Adam ( אָדָ֖ם , mankind), together we were one flesh filled with the life giving breath of the Almighty. God’s purpose was that Adam in his masculine form not be alone, and I was brought forth in all my femininity with a purpose. I would function as his suitable helper, appointed by the Creator to help provide insight, protection, and when necessary opposition against his faulty counsel to see to it that the Word of God is preserved in the earth. He would have full confidence in me, his woman of virtue and valor.
Therefore, what was one became two in the Creator’s master plan so that His masculine and feminine qualities would be expressed within this world. Both male and female necessary and equally important. Both required to achieve balance.
To complete the picture of unity, male and female working side by side to display the image of God, the two would need to become one again, this time as husband and wife. The husband (אִ֔ישׁ, ish) and the wife (אִשָּׁ֔ה, ishshah) together would be a prophetic representation of the oneness of God and how to walk in Spirit and in Truth in both word and deed. The husband or ish in Hebrew is composed of an aleph, yod, and shin. This creates a picture of the husband being a fiery (spirit-filled) hand/arm of God. It is the function of the husband to use his hands to provide for his bride and household. His strong yet loving arms are to be a source of security. His arms are more than able to embrace his bride and provide the loving touch she requires. To his children, his arms are source of strength and when needed also a source of loving discipline. The hands of the husband are to be an expression of the fruit of the Spirit both in and outside the home as a minister and preserver of the Word of God. The wife or ishshah in Hebrew is composed of an aleph, a shin, and a hey. This creates a picture of the wife being a fiery (spirit-filled) breath of God. It is the function of the wife to speak words that encourage, edify, and express appreciation for her husband. Her words provide him with counsel, comfort, and are a refuge of love. Her words are more than able to calm a crying baby as well as instruct her young in the way of the LORD. She, also, is to reflect the fruits of the spirit as a minister of God’s Word. A home, a family, would function as a small microcosm of the heavenly temple, the dwelling of God.
Male and female, husband and wife were complete. They had an identity, a purpose, a function. They were good, lacking nothing. However, all this would change in an instant. Adam’s failure to guard the garden, his home, left his wife in a vulnerable situation. The ishshah was made to feel inadequate and lacking after listening to a voice of another. She was completely whole and perfect, yet the voice of a serpent caused her to question her role, her purpose, her identity, and perhaps even her femininity and her rights. The ishshah assumed she knew better than Yahweh her Creator and chose to define herself by new standards, elevating herself by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now intimate with another reality, the ishshah who had originally been placed in a position of honor, now though disobedience experienced shame for the first time. What was good and life giving now had the potential to be evil and bring destruction.
Furthermore, as a result of the sin of both the man and woman, God spoke that a consequence be placed on the functions of both. The strong and loving arm of the ish now capable of intimidation, fear, and oppression. The encouraging and counseling breath of the ishshah now able to wound with her words, to manipulate, and control. The relationship between the husband and wife, the role of male and female now unbalanced and failing to express the oneness of God, the character of God as created.
As the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes states, “There is nothing new under the sun.” To put it simply, history has a way of repeating itself. This weekend I witnessed a countless number of women, including those professing to be a Christian continue to accept the words of another over the words of their Creator. These women do not realize that they are reliving the situation the first created woman found herself in. They have been made to feel they are lacking and incomplete, thus they question their function, their role, and even their femininity. Left vulnerable to the voice of the serpent, they accept what they feel to be truth regarding their purpose as a female, as a wife, and as a mother. When in reality they have been deceived in believing a lie. The modern feminism movement is merely a counterfeit to God’s original design. As a result, these women define themselves according to the world’s standard and raise daughters according to the same. They are ever trying to fulfill a masculine role they were never created for, and as a result, balance is never achieved in their relationships with the opposite sex. These women also fail to see the honor given to them in nurturing life in the womb. Because these women accept their voice as final authority and because truth to them is subjective and based upon their feelings and no longer upon what is written, they feel it is their choice, their right to decide if the breath of life should be taken from a child God had determined for life. When one fails to see the value and purpose in their own life, it makes it difficult to see the value and purpose in another.
It is the consequence of sin that has contributed to the emotional and physical hurts all souls have experienced in their lives. It is the lack of understanding of what is written in the Word of God that continues to keep mankind in the vicious cycle of never experiencing wholeness, nor living out their God designed function. When what God defines as truth is no longer regarded as such, what results is a society that determines what is true in their own eye and doing what they see is fit. The world looks to their kind for deliverance from the problems that exist and from the hurt they have experienced. They seek a solution that will put their soul at ease.
A march, a protest, a change in government policies, will not bring the deliverance the soul is seeking. Circumstances may change temporarily with new leadership or a new relationship, but the soul’s desire for identity, wholeness, and to have purpose will not be satisfied until what is true takes the place of what is false. Salvation is found in God alone. A renewal; a restoration of the function and purpose of both the male and female as was intended in the garden, can only be experienced in a relationship with Messiah Yeshua. Through Him, we are a new creation defined by His standards, not our own, and certainly not according to what the world says we should be. His words, His instructions bring healing to our souls and our relationships. The consequence and struggle placed upon mankind and the law of sin and death still remain until Messiah returns and brings ultimate salvation and deliverance. There is a real struggle. Will we allow our choices and behavior to be a reflection of Truth or will we allow our emotions, circumstances, and falsehood to dictate our behavior? Until then, we are not left alone. The Holy Spirit given to followers of Messiah instructs us how to walk in obedience and empowers us to perform our role as originally created. In this restored state, women are clothed with dignity and honor and feel empowered by their femininity.
This woman takes pride in not marching to the beat of the women of this world.
I have been liberated by the truth of God’s Word and have experienced the deliverance that comes through a covenant relationship with Messiah Yeshua. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I have worth. I have purpose. I am a wife, a mother, a sister, and a daughter. I am the feminine expression of the character of the Living God, full of His Spirit and His breath. I lack nothing.
“A ishshah of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life…She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks…She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and Torah of kindness is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
(This article was written in response to the ‘womans’ march on Washington, D.C. and nationwide that occurred on January 21st, 2017)