From the beginning of creation, it was clear why God created both man and woman: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:27).
It took the creation of BOTH MALE AND FEMALE to fully reflect the image, or the various attributes, of God and the Godhead or Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). God desires that we know and understand His nature and His character. He has given us a “picture” (image) of Himself in the creation of man and woman.
There are traits more common to women that reveal important parts of God’s character that we might not otherwise know.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isa 49:15).
In this passage, God portrays His love for us as even more passionate than a mother’s love for her newborn child.
“…and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2Cor 1:3b,4). Our God is a comforting God, full of compassion and mercy.
It is important to note that God created mankind as both male and female, as two people. Yet we see in Genesis 2:24 that the two become “one”. When God made mankind in His own image, He created a marriage. This is a reflection of the unity of the Godhead.
So we see a more complete image of God if we see the traits represented by both male and female. We can also understand that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together in unity and singleness of purpose.
GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN
What else did God intend for man and woman?
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion…’” (Gen 1:28).
God’s original plan was for man and woman to “co-rule” over creation. They had equal authority and position. They were to be His delegated rulers of Earth – His representatives or ambassadors. Man and woman were charged to carry out God’s ultimate rule and authority.
THE SEEDS OF REBELLION
Unfortunately, man and woman lost the privilege of rulership when they sinned. When mankind (male and female) “fell”, they lost everything under their rule to the curse…and their intimate fellowship with God was broken (Gen 3:14-24).
Eve was not directly cursed, but it is obvious she was part of God’s general curse. God also said to her, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (Gen 3:16).
Woman was told to obey her husband, and to submit herself to him. She was warned that she would “desire her husband.” One interpretation of this passage is that she would desire her husband’s position of God-given authority. She may want to take the rulership over her husband, and perhaps even try to dominate him.