In Genesis 2, God established His order for His creation. It was like this:
Man – Woman
In vv19-20 we read:
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
The man is under God and over the living creatures. He is in “middle management” of the highest order.
In v22-23 we read:
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
‘This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called “woman”,
for she was taken out of man.’
The woman was taken from the man to be for the man. She was not inferior to the man; she was to be alongside him as his helper.
In Genesis 3, everything was turned upside down:
Woman – Man
In Genesis 3, the serpent (energised by Satan) takes the lead. He preys upon the woman to manoeuvre her away from her position alongside the man as his helper. She is led outside of the protective lead of the husband. The man fails to stand up and exert his authority. As we read in 3:6: She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. He, standing by, just acquiesced. And in all this, God’s Word was rejected and thereby the LORD God who made them was trampled upon.
The mess we see around us and in us today all stems from this kicking-over of God’s order. The church is the place of God’s new order and should display the beautiful order of the original creation in Genesis 2.
N.B. Much of the thinking incorporated in this post originates from a presentation by Matt Bater at Equip at Feltham Evangelical Church on Nov 17 2013