Marriage and Family Series – A Married Woman’s Temptations

 

A Married Woman’s Temptations

 

Special temptations of a woman:

 

Disobedience ~ Genesis 3:1–19

1Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” 12Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,

You are cursed more than all cattle,

And more than every beast of the field;

On your belly you shall go,

And you shall eat dust

All the days of your life.

15          And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel.”

16To the woman He said:

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;

In pain you shall bring forth children;

Your desire shall be for your husband,

And he shall rule over you.”

17Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;

In toil you shall eat of it

All the days of your life.

18          Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,

And you shall eat the herb of the field.

19          In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread

Till you return to the ground,

For out of it you were taken;

For dust you are,

And to dust you shall return.”

 

Thought Tidbit:

When the disobedience occurred in the garden, it first occurred on the woman part.  She was the one the serpent was able or chose to deceive.  Perhaps, he knew he could influence her with his smooth words.  Nonetheless, disobedience has been an issue for women ever since.  It is important to be careful in ones dealings to make sure that obedience to the laws of God is followed. 

 

Unfaithfulness ~ John 4:17,18

17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18“for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

 

Thought Tidbit:

Clearly being mindful of faithfulness is necessary as a woman.  That temptation to be loved can translate into the sin of unfaithfulness.  This need not be the case however.  It is important to seek God to sooth the pain that could come from not receiving the needed love. This is a far better choice than to sin and break the law of God and the trust of one’s husband.

 

Contentiousness ~ Proverbs 19:13

And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

 

Thought Tidbit:

Being contentious is the quickest road to no intimacy with the husband.  This kills the intimacy faster than anything does.  A husband wishes to view his wife in two ways 1 – as needing him 2 – as his “sweetie” there is not room for nagging shrews. The bickering and arguing produces little actually product in the end.  Do not believe this? Review in your mind the last few times you acted this way and what it got you in the end.

 

Assertion of Authority ~ 1 Tim. 2:11–15

11Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

 

Thought Tidbit:

The key on this point is that it is about the “assertion” of authority, not having authority.  Women can capably teach the word of God but they do not need to be teaching their husband’s, directly, as teacher and student. They can also hold positions and teach within the church structure but they do not need to be pressing their teaching or authority on men who do not chose or want to learn from them.  Women are not to take authority but to be granted authority and they are to only influence men to the degree men desire. Pressing for anything more, is taking one’s liberties in Christ too far. 

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