The Seed of the Woman

Genesis 3:15, “Now, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Own Hebrew translation.)

Adam, Eve, their children, and their descendants through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses and all Israel all had faith in this Seed who was to come. By this faith, they were saved. Christianity is thought to be patriarchal, and indeed, it is (cf. Romans 9:5). The promise was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt; the Messiah came from the line of David; the Messiah is a man; God is our Heavenly Father; husbands being the head of the household; and the prohibition of female pastors. Christianity is patriarchal with Christ as the head of the Church, but godly patriarchy is not oppressive. Within Christianity are matriarchal importances.

Jesus’ genealogy—the events leading up to His eventual birth—would not have been possible without generations of women giving birth. The promise of the Seed was given to Eve, not Adam. The Seed—the Messiah—was born of the Virgin Mary. It was women who financially supported Jesus’ ministry (Luke 8:1-3). It was women who first learnt of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 23:55-24:12). (And in first century Rome, the testimony of women were considered no more reliable than a criminal’s, yet they’re written as the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection.) And the Church is the Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9; 21:9). (Let us also not forget the faith and actions of Esther, Rahab, Hannah, Ruth, and many other women like them.)

Christ is the head of the Church, and He has made men the head of the family and the Church. Christ was also promised first through the seed of a woman, He was born of a woman, and we the Church are His Bride. Men and women have their different roles in God’s salvation story and order of creation. Men have been called to lead with dignity and meekness. Women have been called to support; indeed, they have their own leadership roles unique to their gender that men cannot fulfil (and vice versa). Neither role is better nor more honourable than the other; both are pivotal in the Body of Christ. There is neither male nor female insofar as salvation is concerned (Galatians 3:26-28), but both have been created with vital, different, complementary roles to live with one another in Christ.

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