Gen 3:15                   Five Curses on the Woman                     6/8/2003                     ßà

 

 

 

 

#1.       I Will Greatly Multiply Thy Sorrow (Gen 4:8, Mark 15:40-41, John 15:20)

 

 

 

 

#2.       I Will Greatly Multiply Thy Conception (Psalm 127:3-5, Matt 7:13-14)

 

 

 

 

#3.       In Sorrow Thou Shalt Bring Forth Children (1Pet 4:12-14)

 

 

 

 

#4.       Thy Desire Shall Be to Thy Husband (Eph 5:32, Psalm 37:3-5)

 

 

 

 

#5.       And He Shall Rule Over Thee (1Pet 3:1-4, Eph 5:22-24, 1Tim 2:11-14)

 

 

 

 

#6.       He Shall Be Victorious (Gen 3:15, 1Tim 2:15, Isa 53:11, 2Cor 4:14-18)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to Genesis, chapter 3:13 (2X). Adam and his wife had eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Therefore God confronted them and made them see their sins. First God asked Adam what he had done and then God asked the woman what she had done. God did not ask the serpent what he had done. God questioned Adam and his wife because God had compassion on them, but God did not have any compassion for the serpent. Then God passed the sentences. First God cursed the serpent, and we have looked at that extensively last week. Secondly God cursed the woman, and that is the main portion of the sermon today. The content of this sermon is entirely based on Gen 3:16, and the title of the sermon is: Five Curses on the Woman (2X)

God spoke to “the woman” and God sentenced “the woman” for her sins. We read in Gen 3:13,

Genesis 3:13  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Genesis 3:14 ¶ And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

We have seen last week that the wording of Gen 3:15 is such that the Atonement of Christ is in view, and through this Atonement the condemnation of Satan would be complete. And then we read:

Genesis 3:16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

What did God mean by these words? It is important that we keep in mind what the context is. For example, when God pronounced His sentence upon the serpent, God did not throw any niceties in there for the serpent. These were all curses on the serpent and on Satan. Four curses are listed in verse 14 and four curses are listed in verse 15. It was all thunder and lightning for Satan, and yet we could see the Gospel shining through all these curses. Likewise, when God pronounced His sentence on the woman, God did not throw any niceties in there for the woman. These were all curses on the woman. By carefully analyzing verse 16 we count five curses there. But before we start analyzing these curses, we have to ask: To whom was God speaking? The context indicates that God was not addressing just any ordinary woman. Verse 15 indicates that the Atonement of Christ was in view, and we have seen that “the woman” in verse 15 refers to the Bride of Christ, which is the Body of Believers, which is all the Elect of God, those whom God chose from before the foundation of the world and this is the same group of people for whom the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross. This is that woman who now in Gen 3:16 received these five curses from God. What were those curses? Let us now read verse 16 very carefully. God said: #1, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow. AND #2, I will greatly multiply thy conception. We should not distil out of here that God said: “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow in thy conception”. That Hebrew word is definitely “AND”, and that Hebrew word is never translated “in”. God is not addressing all the women in the world. God is addressing the Bride of Christ, and therefore God is not pronouncing a curse that applies on all women equally, but it is a curse that specifically applies to the Bride of Christ. This is what the context demands. Therefore we should try to understand this verse within the context. #3. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. #4. And thy desire shall be to thy husband. #5. And he shall rule over thee.

We have to ask: Why would God bring down a curse on those whom He intends to save? Does God not love us as He said in Jer 31:3, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee”? That is true, but we must harmonize this with the statement in Eph 2:3, where God says, “Among whom also WE ALL had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others”. We were by nature the children of God’s wrath, because this is how we came into the world, as rebellious sinners, and God’s righteousness demands that rebellious sinners are kept under the wrath of God, because “The wages of sin is death”. We remain under the wrath of God until the time that we become Born Again, because that is the time that the Atonement of Christ will be applied to wash away our sins, and we receive a brand new soul. We all begin our life in an accursed state, and therefore we are under the curse of God until the moment of our salvation. God s

#1.       I Will Greatly Multiply Thy Sorrow (Gen 4:8, Mark 15:40-41, John 15:20)

Is sorrow always a curse? No! God created the sense of pain as a warning that there is something wrong. Pain is a valuable gift from God. If we do not have a sense of pain then we do not know when we are injured. But what does it mean that God says, “I will greatly multiply”? Does it mean that He will increase our sorrow? But the increase is from what to what? Where is the baseline? We must remember that the moment Adam and his wife ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, everything was changed. The baseline was the state before their sin. After they sinned their sorrow was multiplied in a real sense, but also in a spiritual sense. For example, you all know the story of Cain and Abel, the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Please turn to Gen 4:8 (2X). There we read:

Genesis 4:8 ¶ And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. That brought already a great deal of sorrow. Then they discovered that this sin cursed earth is really a vale of tears. God still talked with them and apparently God gave them instructions on how to raise their children. We see in Gen 4 that both Cain and Abel were offering sacrifices to God. Practically speaking, Cain and Abel went to the same church that their parents were going to. But Cain turned out to be a murderer, and then he became a fugitive. It means that Cain had run away from the church of his parents, because he had murdered his brother, and Cain feared that anyone who finds him should avenge his brother’s blood. That brought more sorrow to his parents Adam and Eve. We see here “Sin’s cause and effect”. God said that He would be “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him”. Adam and Eve had sinned, and now their sinful tendencies were passed on to their offspring in a much more violent manner, causing to multiply the sorrows of “the woman”, the body of believers. Cain did not sorrow much about his murder, because Cain was not a part of “the woman”, the body of believers. Adam and Eve became saved, but Cain was a Reprobate.

We must remember this story, because it could also happen to us. It is quite possible that the children of believing parents turn out to be among the Reprobate. Therefore we must show to our children how much we love Christ, and how much we are willing to give of our substance to the furtherance of the Gospel, and how much we are willing to suffer because Christ suffered for us.

For example, please turn to the Gospel according to Mark, chapter 15:40 (2X). We always read about the twelve Apostles that were around Jesus, but there were a great deal more who followed Him. There were those, like Justus and Matthias, who were following the Lord Jesus from the time of His baptism by John the Baptizer until the day He ascended into heaven. And also there were a great number of women who ministered unto Him from their substance. When Jesus was crucified almost all the men fled and hid themselves. But is it not amazing that the women stayed with Him till the end.

Mark 15:40  There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

Mark 15:41  (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women, which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

These women at the cross had great sorrow to see their beloved Messiah crucified. But the cross was a result of sin from all the Elect, including the sins of these women. But the fact that these women remained faithful to the end of the 1st Judgment Day is a picture of many churches that remain faithful to the true Gospel of Christ until the 2nd Judgment Day. This is an encouragement to us. We see here that it is possible for our church also to still be faithful when the Lord returns. We too shall suffer when we tell the truth of the Gospel. The Lord Jesus promised that we shall be persecuted for His name sake. Jesus said in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you”. There is more sorrow for those who remain faithful than for the unsaved. Then God said in Gen 3:16,

#2.       I Will Greatly Multiply Thy Conception (Psalm 127:3-5, Matt 7:13-14)

Is conception a curse? Did you know that according to the Bible conception is a blessing from God, and it is a gift that all women of the Bible greatly desire. Please turn to Psalm 127:3 (2X). In various sections of the Bible conception is spoken of as a gift from God. Even in the animal world conception is an action of God the Holy Spirit. A baby in the womb has been conceived by God, it is a new human being with a new soul, and therefore abortion is murder. Anyone who believes that we consist of both body and soul understands that our soul did not come into existence when we exited the birth canal. Our soul already existed while we were in our mother’s womb. We read in Psalm 127:

Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Psalm 127:4  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Psalm 127:5  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Therefore, whose are the children? They are not ours. God owns them and we have them only in loan, because verse 3 says, “Children are an heritage of the Lord”. Therefore, conception must be a blessing rather than a curse. Why then does God include in His curse on “the woman”, “I will greatly multiply thy conception”? Again we must remember who “the woman” is. The woman represents the Bride of Christ, the Body of Believers. Again, what is the baseline? The baseline is from before the moment that she had sinned. Before Adam and Eve sinned they were righteous, and their offspring would all be righteous. But after they had sinned they became slaves of Sin, and slaves of Satan, and all their descendants would also be slaves of Sin and of Satan. What conception in the womb would be great sorrow for the Body of Believers? It would be great sorrow to us if we would bring forth children who are among the Reprobate. Would it not be great sorrow to us if we knew that many of our children would end up in Hell? And is that a real possibility? Absolutely yes! Please turn to the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 7:13 (2X). What does God say about the probability of Saints fathering children who die unsaved? God gave examples: The sons of Samuel were wicked. At least three sons of David died unsaved. Jehoshaphat had at least 1 son who was wicked and a grandson who died unsaved. Josiah had three wicked sons who reigned after him. And so on. God says in:

Matthew 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:         Because strait (narrow) is the gate, and narrow (troubled) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Who was the Lord Jesus speaking to when He uttered this terrifying prophecy? The Lord Jesus spoke this Sermon on the Mount to His disciples, and to all those who were eager to listen to Him. Today we would say that Jesus spoke this prophecy to people in the church. What exactly was this teaching? When Jesus said, Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction (or Hell”), Jesus was referring to the popular “Free Will” gospels that have been around for many years, and Jesus was referring to the popular “Do it yourself salvations” that have been existing for many years, especially in the Roman church where the only requirement for salvation is that a person is baptized in water. To all those people who like these popular gospels the Lord Jesus says: “Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to Hell, and many there be which go in thereat”. On the other hand, Jesus warned us in advance, “Narrow is the gate, and troubled is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”. The many and the few do not refer to people outside the churches and people in the churches. For hundreds of years before the Reformation a great majority of the people in Europe went to church every Sunday. There were very few unchurched people at that time, and yet the warning of Jesus as stated in Matt 7:13-14 must apply to all peoples and all times. The warning of the many and the few is addressed to people in the church. Therefore, is it not a great sorrow for the saints to know that many of their children and grandchildren will end up in Hell? But for all the unsaved in the church this is of no concern, because they believe that all their children and grandchildren end up in heaven, because they have been baptized. We read in Gen 3:16 the 3rd

#3.       Curse: In Sorrow Thou Shalt Bring Forth Children (1Pet 4:12-14)

What curse is this? We have already covered the sorrow that is the result of sin itself, including the sorrow of repenting for sins. We have already covered the sorrow of bringing forth children who turn out to be Reprobate, children who remain unsaved and die unsaved. But now God says in Gen 3:16, “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”. What sorrow is this referring to? Does this refer to the pain of childbearing that all women have in common? Is this pain a part of the curse on “the woman”? That could not be! Remember that the context dictates that “the woman” refers to the Bride of Christ, the Body of Believers. Just like in the two previous curses, this sorrow specifically refers to the Body of Believers only, this third sorrow must also refer to the sorrow of the Body of Believers as a consequence that they have brought forth Reprobate children. Please turn to the First Epistle of Peter, chapter 4:12 (2X). We read in this section of 1Peter about sufferings of the saints. These sufferings, or persecutions, do not come from outside the church, but they are generated from within the church by unsaved members of the church. People outside the church are generally uninterested in the beliefs and the affairs of the church. But from within come the fiercest persecutions. Remember the Inquisition, and remember the many persecutions throughout Europe. We read in 1Pet 4:12,

1 Peter 4:12 ¶ Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1 Peter 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Through us being persecuted Christ is glorified, because even the wrath of man shall praise God (Psalm 76:10). Where do these reprobate children come from? These are usually children born from godly homes, but once they are placed in high positions in the church they develop into fanatics. For example, if we find ourselves maligned and blacklisted as a cult of some sort, remember the words of verse 14, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you”. Reprobate children are not just a nuisance. They actually bring persecutions.

Then we read in Gen 3:16,

#4.       Thy Desire Shall Be to Thy Husband (Eph 5:32, Psalm 37:3-5)

Who is thy husband? Could this be a curse if this husband would refer to Christ? Absolutely not! Here the husband must refer to the human husband. Is it a curse for a godly woman to be attracted to a husband? In most instances it is a curse to her, because what God said here was of the same force to her as if God had said that she is no longer free, she is no longer at her own command, but she is subject to the authority of her husband, she is dependent upon his will. It is as if God had said, “Thou shalt desire nothing except what thy husband wishes”. Does she like that? Absolutely not! Look at Eve. She took a big step by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Did she ask Adam’s permission to do so? No! She acted as if she had no authority over her at all. Therefore, the woman who had perversely exceeded her proper bounds is forced back to the position she was created for: She was to be a helpmeet for the man. Previously, before the Fall, she had been subject to her husband, but it was a gentle subjection. Now, however, she is placed in a position of a servant. Look around you, and see if there is any woman here who gladly would make herself a servant of her husband. This is certainly a curse, although it is softened by the culture we live in today. You can also see in some households, where the headship is equally divided between the husband and the wife, that this is totally an unbiblical idea. According to the Bible, and according to God, the man is the head of the house, and the man must take up the spiritual leadership of the house. That is how God designed it. That is what God demands from the man and the woman who are married to each other.

Please turn to Psalm 37:3 (2X). But what about the woman who is married to an unsaved husband, or the woman who is married but whose husband refuses to take the position of the leader in the house? What is she supposed to do? There is something she can do about this situation. She can do what all the other servants of Christ are doing. We read in Psalm 37:3,

Ps 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Psalms 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalms 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

What does God say here? We must trust in the Lord and He shall provide for everything we need. Is there no husband to lead your children, then take up the leadership role and raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Delight thyself in the Lord. He will change the hearts of your children and He will give you the desires of your heart. First God changes your heart, then He puts new desires into your heart, and then He fills those desires of your heart. That is basically God’s promise here. The last curse of Gen 3:16 reads as follows:

#5.       And He Shall Rule Over Thee (1Pet 3:1-4, Eph 5:22-24, 1Tim 2:11-14)

Do we read this correctly? Does God really mean this? Is this just an isolated case where God says that the man shall rule over his wife? Not really! Please turn to the First Epistle of Peter 3:1 (2X).

You find 1st Peter after Hebrews and after James. In this chapter God gave rules to wives who were married to unsaved husbands. God says here in 1Pet 3:1,

1 Peter 3:1 ¶ Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation (conduct) of the wives;

1 Peter 3:2  While they behold your chaste conversation (conduct) coupled with fear.

1 Peter 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

1 Peter 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Therefore, ye wives who have unsaved husbands, stop nagging him and stop evangelizing him, in order that he “may without the word be won by the conduct of the wives”. Let him see the inner beauty of a godly woman. And leave his conversion to God. God knows what He was doing when He gave you women this advice, here in 1Pet 3:1-4. And perhaps you remember the words of Eph 5, which we have read several times the last few weeks. God says in Eph 5:22-24,

Ephesians 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Ephesians 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

God’s command is very plain and simple, as He has stated in Gen 3:16, “He shall rule over you”. The wives are to submit themselves to their own husbands as the church does to Christ. The man is to rule over the woman. The man is the spiritual leader of the household. The man is the one who makes the final decisions. But if there is no man, then the women must understand that they must not let the children be without supervision or spiritual guidance. Please turn to the First Epistle to Timothy chapter 2:11 (2X). God’s command concerning the leadership of the man also applies to the leadership in the church. We read in 1Tim 2:11,

1 Timothy 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

1 Tim 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2:13  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

1 Tim 2:14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Therefore women may not occupy positions of Elders or Deacons or Pastors. That is a direct violation of the Word of God. And God used the sin in the Garden of Eden as the reason for invoking this rule.

These five curses are all contained in the curse on the woman in Gen 3:16. But remember the context. In this context the Atonement of Christ is in view in Gen 3:15. Therefore:

#6.       He Shall Be Victorious (Gen 3:15, 1Tim 2:15, Isa 53:11, 2Cor 4:14-18). God said in Gen 3:15

Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Satan hates all mankind, and Satan hates especially “the woman”, the Bride of Christ. When God says in 1Tim 2:15, “She shall be saved in childbearing” God is referring to “this woman” who in the fullness of time has brought forth the Lord Jesus, who was also the Seed of “the woman”. Since Christ is the only one who does our battles with Satan, He must be victorious because He is God. Was there at any time a battle between Christ and Satan at the cross? No! Christ was successfully enduring the wrath of God, which was poured out upon Him to satisfy the righteousness of God, or the justness of God. In satisfying the righteousness of God, Christ took all the weapons out of Satan’s hand, weapons with which Satan was going to smite the human race. That is why Satan became a defeated foe. Satan could no longer hurt any of the Elect of God. They have been placed out of the reach of Satan, because they have been “justified”. God confirmed this in Isa 53:11. Please turn to the Prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 53:11 (2X). You find Isaiah about in the middle of your Bibles, somewhat after the Psalms. In this wonderful chapter, Isa 53, God described in detail the vicarious Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, 800 years before it actually took place in AD 33. We read in Is 53

Isaiah 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

What did God say? The Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, shall look upon the suffering of His Soul, the suffering of His Spirit, and He shall be satisfied, knowing that His Father “would not leave His Soul in Hell”, but would receive His Soul again into heaven at about 3 O’clock in the afternoon on Good Friday, and “neither” would the Father allow His Son’s “flesh to see corruption”, which means that His flesh would be made alive again on the third day, on Sunday morning. By this knowledge, the knowledge of the outcome of it all, and the knowledge of the sins of all the Elect, shall the Servant of Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ, “justify many, by bearing their iniquities”. In other words, Christ will win this battle through the principle of substitution. Christ suffered in our place because He was capable of suffering the 2nd death in a period of less than 24 hours, whereas we are not able to endure such suffering. That is why He took our place, because He had mercy on us. But since Christ bore our sorrows of Hell that is why He shall be victorious. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 4:14 (2X). We can look forward to a wonderful promise that God gave here in 2Cor 4. When Christ was raised up from the grave, we were raised with Him. It does not mean that our souls were already in existence, but Christ as our representative was dead in the tomb, and we were represented by His dead body, because we were dead in body and in soul. God said: when Christ was raised, we were raised with Him. This is the language God uses. We read in:

2 Corinthians 4:14-15  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.             For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16-17  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.               For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2 Corinthians 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

But is this something reserved for everyone? Absolutely not! The effects of sin are far worse than we can imagine. People infected with sin will not repent, unless God interferes in their lives. But gloriously, when Christ fights for us, like He promised us in Gen 3:15, then He will be victorious. And then we will sing with the saints of 3000 years ago the words of Psalm 51, which is a Psalm of David when he had committed a sin with Bath-sheba. Paraphrased it goes like this:

1.     God be merciful to me, on thy grace I rest my plea; plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now; wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.

2.     My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress; I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked Thee to Thy face; I confess Thy judgment just, speechless I Thy mercy trust.

3.     I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within. Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart; make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow.

4.     Broken, humbled to the dust by Thy wrath and judgment just, let my contrite heart rejoice and in gladness hear Thy voice; from my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace.

These are the words of Hymn # 94, which we are going to sing in a few minutes.

 

Amen.                   Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.