Week 1: The Battleplans: God’s Design for Biblical Manhood

Gen 2-3: The Battleplan for Biblical Manhood

The Absentee Male Leader (Gen. 3:1-7)

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Thoughts from the text:

  • Where was Adam while the Serpent tempted Eve?
  • Why did Adam not speak-up and prevent her from making a mistake?
  • While Eve was deceived, Adam consciously chose to follow Eve over following God.

Application to your life:

  • Where are you when your family is tempted by the Devil?
  • Are you actively leading your family or are you an absentee leader?
  • Have you made a conscious choice to follow something other than God? Materialism, power, pride, pornography?

The Abusive Male Leader (Gen. 3:16-19)

Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Thoughts from the text:

  • The fall creates punishment in each person’s assignment. For the woman, pain in childbirth and for the man toil in labor.
  • The fall distorts proper gender roles: The woman’s “desire” is to control her husband. The man may rule harshly over the wife.[1]
  • Our sin has an affect on everything around us.

Application to your life:

  • Do you rule over your wife or love her as Christ loved the church?
  • What effect has your sin had on those around you?

The Appropriate Male Leader (Gen 2)

Before the Fall, God ordained male leadership which is referred to in the New Testament. The man is called to be the provider, the protector, and the priest or spiritual leader of his home.

Thoughts from the text:

1.              The order: Adam was created first and the story of Genesis centers on Adam. Adam being the first-born would have precedence over Eve. Eve     was later formed, but not as central to the story. (Note the sequence in Genesis 2:7; and 2:18-23; 1 Timothy 2:13)

2.              The Source: Woman was created from man and not man from woman (1 Cor. 11:8, 12; cf Gen. 2:22).

3.              The naming of woman: Adam named Eve; Eve did not name Adam (Genesis 2:23).

4.              The purpose: Eve was created as a helper for Adam, not Adam as a helper for Eve (Genesis 2:18; 1 Corinthians 11:9).

5.              The representation: Adam, not Eve, had a special role in representing the human race (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45-49; Romans 5:12-21).

6.              The naming of the human race: God named the human race “Man,” not “Woman” (Genesis 5:2).

7.              The restoration: Salvation in Christ in the New Testament reaffirms the Creation order (Colossians 3:18-19). Jesus is listed as the second Adam and not the second Eve.  (1 Cor. 15:45; Rom 5:17-21).

8.              The primary accountability: God called Adam to account first after the Fall  (Genesis 3:9). In addition, it is not until Gen. 3:7 after Adam eats of the fruit that both of their eyes were open.

9.              The conflict: The curse brought a distortion of previous roles, not the introduction of new roles (Genesis 3:16).[2]

Proper male leadership in the home carries over into the church and into all levels of society.

Application to your life:

  • Which type leader are you? Absentee, Abusive, or Appropriate?
  • What simple step can you take to be a better spiritual leader of your home? Family prayer time, Bible reading, etc.
  • Are you ready to be a better leader at home, in the church, and in society?

Don’t be a thermometer. Be a thermostat!

Thermometers adjust to the climate around them whereas thermostats control the climate around them. Being a godly man means not being conformed to this world but being transformed by the renewing of your mind and influencing what’s around you.


[1] Gen 4:7 uses the same word “desire” when it says sin’s “desire” is for you. This establishes an unhealthy desire to control.

[2] This list borrows heavily but is not identical to the one in Wayne Grudem, Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth (Sisters, OR: Multnomah 2004), 109.

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