Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man (Gen 2:22-23)~~ God, as her Father, brought the woman to the man, as his second self, and a help meet for him. That woman, who is of God’s making by special grace, and of God’s bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help meet for a man. She was given purpose by God and as was God’s intent, must be taken CARE of, not taken advantage of. Women, the help for man from God, become the wives and mothers that bring forth generations – following the Will of God, to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth (Gen 1:28). They are meant by God, as ‘help’ to the man, to look after us in our purpose. A gift of divine benefit, women must be looked after by us that their purpose (to help …. us) may be fulfilled rather than hindered. Yes, MAN, God created HER to look after you and take care of you! How could we possibly abuse what God has given us to help us???
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church (Eph 5:28-29). As men, it is imperative that we exist with the woman standing beside us, dwelling with us in a presiding position. The man is to take his place as the head, according to God’s order, but by no means is the woman to be dishonored, disrespected or abused as minions or subjects to us! It takes commitment and surrender to God’s order on the part of both man and woman to come to a place of true understanding. This is the basis for seeing her as a vessel to honor, respect and care for because she is weaker. That women are usually physically weaker is undeniable, but that certainly does not mean she is less valuable or that she does not have equal access to grace. Rather, it is a basis for a man to treat a woman with understanding, tenderness, and patience.
It’s my prayer that we as men come to a better place of how we treat women ~ because as we degrade, destroy, disrespect and disregard them, we ultimately do so to ourselves!