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Bible Gemz 412 - The Natural Order of Things (1 Cor 11:8-12)

April 14, 2019


For the first man didn't come from woman, but the first woman came from man. 

And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 

For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority. 

But among the Lord's people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. 

For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God. (1 Cor 11:8-12)  


This is a brilliant argument of Paul’s. He appeals to the natural order of things but does it in a very cunning way. He effectively says look people and take it all in. There is a natural order to things. Woman came from man in biblical terms. In other words Eve was made from Adam’s rib. But then notice that there after every other man comes from woman. Eve coming from Adam sets a case for man being before woman in the order of things but then argues that there is an interdependence for both. Just look around you Paul says. 


Yes, as I said a few Gemz ago we can’t have too many bosses. God has given to men the responsibility of headship that is true. But biblical headship is not lording it over the other person. Biblical headship is symbiotic. Interdependent. Yes there needs to be a way of making the final decision, especially when we can’t agree.  Biblically the male is the head of the home. That is true. One can’t argue against it as it is manifestly evidentv that is the point from the text of the Bible. But it is not a burden when things are in the right order. 


Hey, did you know in the beginning God extracted woman from man but in the womb God extracts man from woman. It is only the Y chromosome which distinguishes women from men. But did you know all babies start out as female. It is not until the 9th week that the male genitalia are formed.  All babies begin with female genitalia and in the 9th week if it’s a boy the genitalia change to be male. Interesting man comes out of woman again. 


In the 15th week the male brain undergoes a transformation. All foetus brains are the same until the 15th week. In the 15th week the brain of the male baby loses 25 million brain fibres connectors across the synaptic gaps. Man is extracted from female again. In this case it is a downgrade, a retrograde step. As Alan Meyer says: there you are ladies, there is the evidence that your man is brain damaged. 


Wow, the smart way that Paul is arguing here is deeper than he thought. Well maybe. Maybe he knew it even at that stage. He was in direct communication with the Creator remember. But it doesn’t detract from the smart way Paul argues this matter. He is playing with words and concepts. Allow him the leeway to do that. 



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