Why did the Lord Jesus change the desire of the woman in Genesis 3:16?
To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, and in pain you will bring forth children; your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” M271
It was because the current situation was a result of a desire for wisdom. To be more accurate, the desire of the woman was for wisdom similar to God; in other words, she was trying to obtain Godly wisdom.
Isn’t it ironic that the attempt to attain wisdom, brought death due to the lack of wisdom. There are two ways to do something, the right way, and the evil way.
As the woman desired wisdom, she could have asked the Lord God for it. The question is, why didn’t she?
Perhaps it was because she thought she already knew what His answer would be. But the desire or thirst for knowledge was so great that she decided it was worth the risk.
Was it worth the risk? Did she obtain the wisdom she was seeking?
The answer to that is in Genesis 3:13.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”
And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” M272
No! She was deceived! The serpent deceived the woman into believing that if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, she would have wisdom.
Merriam-Webster defines deceived as:
- to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
- to make someone believe something that is not true MW48
The serpent caused the woman to believe something that was not true, to ensnare her, and to accept as true that which was false.
She was deceived into believing that she would obtain wisdom. Eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge did not give her or Adam wisdom; it gave them the knowledge of good and evil. With the side effect of death.
That’s why it’s imperative always to follow the directions of the manufacturer.
Some manufactures even today place a sticker or seal over the opening of an item, which often reads, “warranty void if opened.”
What that means is as long as the item is under warranty of the manufacturer, it will be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer if it doesn’t operate as stated by the manufacturer.
In Genesis 1:26-30, the manufacturer created man and gave man operating instructions.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Then God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed. It shall be food for you. To every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the earth which has the breath of life in it, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. M273
What God created was a “PROTOTYPE.”
A prototype is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
- an original model on which something is patterned
- an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type
- a standard or typical example
- a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction MW49
God created the original model of man, an individual that exhibits the essential features of what will be coming next, a standard or example, the first full-scale and functional form of a new type of being, one designed and constructed by God in His own image.
Genesis 1 was the prototype, the original model created from nothing more but a decree, the result of the spoken Word created into a man, an eternal being.
To understand the manufacturing process that comes after the creation of the prototype, we need to comprehend the words of Jesus in John 5:19-21.
Then Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise the Son does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. M274
The prototype was made together by God and Jesus (the Word), and this is confirmed to us in John 1:1-3.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. M275
Jesus was with God during the creation of the prototype called “man” when the “man” was created “male and female,” and when the “man” was created, “them.”
Let’s unpack John 5:19-21. Let’s start with something easy, John 5:19.
Then Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise the Son does. M276
Jesus speaks to what He does as something He sees the Father do and does something similar.
Now let’s go a bit deeper in John 5:20
For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these so that you may marvel. M277
Here we see the Father not withholding from the Son all the amazing things that He the Father has done.
It’s time to go a step further into the deep end, with John 5:21.
For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. M278
Jesus, the Son of God, has the authority to give life to whom He chooses.
In Genesis 2:7, we see the unfolding of these words. First, we see Jesus doing something He saw and did with the Father, then the mystery only revealed to the Son by the Father, and last we see the Son also giving life into something created.
Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M279
From the prototype to the manufactured product using dust. Jesus, the Lord God, formed man and gave that product called “man” life.
The man was the name of the prototype, “Adam” was the name of the first manufactured product from the dust based on the prototype.
Adam, the first product modeled after the prototype had a wife. She was not the second product created based on the prototype, as she was not created from the dust of the earth and had life breathed into her.
In Genesis 2:21-23, we learn how she was created.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.” M280
She was taken out of Adam. She was taken out of the first manufactured unit from the dust of the ground, that had life breathed into it.
Thus it makes her the first created unit manufactured from the first manufactured unit.
In other words, she is not another Adam “first man,” she is the female taken out of the first man. Because at is says in Genesis 1:27.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. M281
When the female “woman” was taken out of man, the man then became the “male.”
This is why, in Genesis 2:24, it states.
Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they will become one flesh. M282
Man “male and female” was one flesh when the Lord God created them. He later separated the flesh because, as it states in Genesis 2:18-20.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. M283
The man, the Lord God, created was based on the prototype “man” that He, along with God, created. The man was male and female.
However, since nothing else the Lord God formed out fo the ground was found suitable to help him, it was time to create another man.
The Lord God had now two options to create a helper for the first man:
Option1: Create a second man, “male and female” from the dust of the ground, based on the prototype again.
Option 2: Create a helper for the first man from the first man.
The Lord God chose option two, and we see that in Genesis 2:21-22.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. M284
Now the first man “Adam” had a helper, which was not something that was created using the dust of the ground but was from his flesh and bones, as we see recorded in Genesis 2:23.
Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.” M285
By choosing option two, the Lord God did not make a second man “male and female” He created one man, now male and female.
The woman created was Adam; she was the first man. Through this extraction process, the woman the first Adam became “female,” and Adam became “male.”
The Lord God chose option two for two reasons
Reason 1: That is how They created “man” in the beginning in Genesis 1:27.
Reason 2: The will of the Father! The will and decree from God before the creation of “man,” is recorded in Genesis 1:26.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” M286
As the Lord God took out the “female” from the “man,” “male and female,” He, in essence, created a “them,” “male and female.”
Therefore not only bringing to fruition that which They (God and the Lord God) created in Genesis 1:27 but also the will of the Father.
Man “male and female” or “man and woman” were to have dominion since they were, in essence, one flesh.
In Genesis 4:1-2, we see that the man “Adam” and woman “Eve” had relations resulting in twin boys.
Adam had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived, gave birth to Cain and said, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Then she gave birth again to his brother Abel. M287
Adam was created based on the prototype; therefore, Adam was the first man, manufactured in the image and likeness of God.
His children, on the other hand, became copies and not originals.
Adam was the first original manufactured after the prototype. His children became copies of the original, as we see recorded in Genesis 5:1-3.
This is the book of the generations of Adam.
In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female. He blessed them and called them Mankind in the day when they were created.
Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and called his name Seth. M288
When Adam was made, he was made “manufactured” as per the prototype in the likeness of God. Adam became the “male,” and Eve became the “female” as they were now two kinds of the original man.
ADAM BECAME THE “MALE,” AND EVE BECAME THE “FEMALE” AS THEY WERE NOW TWO KINDS OF THE ORIGINAL MAN
Man “male” and woman “female” became mankind.
When the “female” was taken out of Adam “male and female,” Adam was now one kind of man, and the woman was another kind of man. Adam no longer complete as “one man” since the “female” was taken out of Adam to become a woman.
Adam’s son was now a copy; Seth was an image of his father, Adam.
In Genesis 1:27, God created the prototype.
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. M289
In Genesis 2:7, the Lord God (Jesus) manufactured the first man based on the prototype.
Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M290
In Genesis 5:3, Seth was manufactured by Adam and Eve based on Adam.
Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and called his name Seth. M291
In Matthew 1:23-25, the virgin manufactured the second or last man “Adam” by the Holy Spirit based on the prototype.
But while he thought on these things, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for He who is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Now all this occurred to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet, saying, “A virgin shall be with child, and will bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is interpreted, “God with us.”
Then Joseph, being awakened from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and remained with his wife, and did not know her until she had given birth to her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS. M292
God created the prototype, Jesus created the first “man” Adam, and the Holy Spirit created the last Adam, “man.”
With the above knowledge, let us deepen our understanding gradually by starting in 1 Corinthians 15:45.
So it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul.” The last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. M293
The first Adam formed from the ground was made a living soul, and last Adam, formed by the Holy Spirit, was made a life-giving spirit.
The next verse found in1 Corinthians 15:46, corrects any incorrect thinking that the prototype God and the Lord God created in Genesis 1 was the first man.
However, that which is spiritual is not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. M294
So if we now read both verses 1 Corinthians 15:45 and 46 together, we begin to see the clarity unfold.
So it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul.” The last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. However, that which is spiritual is not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. M295
First came Adam, the “man” and then came “Adam” the Jesus. Both are considered Adam since they were both made based on the prototype. One natural from the ground the other spiritual from heaven. They were not twins, but two originals manufactured from the same prototype using different materials. One was manufactured using dust from the ground, the other the Lord from Heaven. We see this spoken about in the next following verse from 1 Corinthians 15:47.
The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man was the Lord from heaven. M296
How was the second man, the Lord from heaven?
The words in Philippians 2:5-11, bring insight into how the Holy Spirit was able to create Jesus as the last Adam inside of the virgin Mary.
Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.
But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M297
In short, Jesus, who was in a spiritual form of God, gave up that form, got conceived in the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, took the form of the prototype, and became the last Adam.
In John 14: 25-26 AMP, Jesus tell us:
“I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. A1
Then later in John 16:7, Jesus says:
Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you. M298
Again we see that Jesus stated the need for a helper, albeit a different helper.
In Genesis 2:15.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. M299
The Lord God realized that the man needed help, so that is why in Genesis 2:18, we read.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” M300
None of the beasts of the field or the birds of the sky were suitable to help man. So then came the woman as recorded in Genesis 2:20-22.
The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. M301
Now it appears that when the Lord God Jesus Christ came in the flesh, He needed to send another helper to help them, and in Matthew 28:16-20, we see why the disciples needed another helper.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” M302
Why did the disciples need another helper?
Merriam-Webster defines desire as:
- conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment
- something longed or hoped for
- a usually formal request or petition for some action MW50
In Genesis 3, the woman had a conscious impulse towards wisdom; it was something she hoped to attain.
As the serpent deceived her in her desire to obtain wisdom, the Lord God told her that her desire will be for her husband.
Therefore in Genesis 3:16:
To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, and in pain you will bring forth children; your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” M303
As the desire for wisdom caused the woman to eat the fruit, she was not supposed to eat. The Lord God corrected, redirected, or created a new desire for her.
A parallel story is seen in the book of Esther; Queen Vashti refused to obey King Ahasuerus’ command.
Her refusal showed that the king did not have authority over her and was not able to rule his house, and as such, how could he rule over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces that spanned from Ethiopia to India.
Her refusal to obey the king’s command resulted in a decree for every man to rule over his house as we see play out in Esther 1:12-22.
But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by his eunuchs. Therefore, the king grew very angry, and his wrath burned within him.
Then the king spoke to the wise men, who understood the times (for in this way the king would speak before all who understood law and judgment). Those nearest him were Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memukan. They were the seven princes of Persia and Media and the king’s closest confidants who met with the king and held the highest rank in the kingdom.
“According to law, what should be done about Queen Vashti because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus when it was delivered by the eunuchs?”
And Memukan answered before the king and the princes, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also all the princes and all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For should this matter of the queen spread to all wives, then they would look with contempt on their husbands when it is reported that, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she never came.’ This very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media, who hear of the queen’s act, will say the same thing to all the king’s princes. Then there will be more contempt and wrath.
“If it pleases the king, let a royal decree be sent by him, and let it be written in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it may not be altered, that Vashti can never enter into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and that the king will give her royal position to another woman who is better than she. When the king’s decree that he shall make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is vast), then all the wives shall give honor to their husbands, both the prominent and lowly.”
The suggestion pleased the king and the princes, so the king did according to the word of Memukan. He sent letters to all the king’s provinces, in the script of every province and in the language of every people group, bearing the message in the languages of his people that each man should rule over his own house. M304
The queen showed contempt not only to her husband but also to the King.
Merriam-Webster defines contempt as:
- the act of despising
- lack of respect or reverence for something
- willful disobedience to or open disrespect of a court, judge, or legislative body MW51
The queen despised the command of her husband and king, which demonstrated a lack of respect and willful disobedience to the judge and legislative body at the time.
Almost 2500 years ago, due to the contempt, she displayed to the king; the king’s advisors thinking this would start a movement across the provinces had a decree issued bearing the message in the languages of his people that each man should rule over his own house.
Rule is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
- to exert control, direction, or influence on
- to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining
- to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily
- to determine and declare authoritatively
- to command or determine judicially
- to exercise supreme authority
- to be first in importance or prominence
- to lay down a legal rule MW52
To rule is to exert control, direction, exercise authority, to determine and declare authoritatively, to command judicially, to be first in importance or prominence.
Interestingly, the council of the king did the same thing that the Lord God said almost 6000 years ago today to the woman in Genesis 3:16.
To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, and in pain you will bring forth children; your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” M305
It all comes down to authority and covering.
In the beginning, when God created Adam and then the woman from the first man. They both had equal authority and rulership. As one was taken out of the other. The reason for another helper was to help Adam with the task given to him by the Lord God. The helper was equal to Adam at the time.
All this changed when she desired wisdom and got deceived.
Her eyes did not open until Adam ate the fruit because Adam disobeyed the command. The woman and the man were one, although in separate bodies. After he ate the fruit, then both their eyes were opened.
In 1 Corinthians 11:3, we see the chain of command.
But I would have you know that the head of the woman is the man, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God. M306
Why the chain of command?
1 Corinthians 11:10 has that answer.
For this reason the woman ought to have a veil of authority over her head, because of the angels. M307
Because of the angels, what did the angel do in the beginning? Satan, the anointed cherub, deceived the woman. It was because of that deception the Lord God told the woman in Genesis 3:16.
To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, and in pain you will bring forth children; your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” M308
For listening to his wife, when the man knew otherwise, had the ground cursed as recorded in Genesis 3:17-19.
And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’
Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life.
Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” M309
Desire and disobedience brought sin into the world.
The woman desired wisdom, but through deception, she ate the fruit and only received the knowledge of good and evil.