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WHY WOMEN REALLY, REALLY, MATTER! AND SATAN REALLY, REALLY, HATES THEM!

One of the perennial questions asked by theologians is when did the Evil One rebel? Some scholars have suggested that Isaiah described Lucifer’s moment of rebellion in Isaiah 14 when it sounds like he thought he could take over heaven-

¶ “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,‘
I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
Isaiah 14:12-14

But upon a closer examination of the text, it becomes apparent that Isaiah is speaking of the arrogance of the king of Babylon, not Satan directly. The prophesied rise of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is described in language that depicts his arrogance as breath-taking. It may be that the condition of the Evil One’s heart at the time of his fall was similarly arrogant to that of Nebuchadnezzar (who Yahweh had to greatly humble, as described in Daniel 2), but we cannot force the text of Isaiah 14 to mean something that it was not intended to mean. If Isaiah 14 does not describe the cause and timing of Evil One’s fall, then perhaps Ezekiel 28 does? After all, it describes what we might reasonably consider to be the cause of the Evil One’s rebellion –

“Because your heart is proud,
and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
in the heart of the seas,’
yet you are but a man, and no god,
though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
Ezekiel 28:2b

But again, a closer examination of the text reveals that Isaiah was dealing directly with the king of Tyre, not the Evil One although it seems to echo the arrogance of the Eden’s Evil One.

¶ The word of the LORD came to me:
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre,
Thus says the Lord GOD:“Because your heart is proud,
and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
in the heart of the seas,’yet you are but a man, and no god,
though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
Ezekiel 28:1-2

You may have heard teaching based on these two ‘classic’ passages supposedly about the origins of the Evil One’s transition to Satan (“the Adversary”) boldly asserted and then linked with the idea that he was an archangel who rebelled and took a third of heaven’s angels with him. These ordinary angels who sided with Satan then became demons. Revelation 12 is generally cited to make this case. But there is yet another problem that we encounter in trying to make this narrative fit. Notice the chronological sequence stated in Revelation 12 – particularly addressing the perennial theological problem we are trying to solve:

¶ And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
¶ Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Revelation 12:1-9

Here is the sequence of this passage:

(i) “The woman” (which is Mary representing Israel who is depicted with the metaphorical “sun, moon, and stars” first established from Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37 as being Israel. Whenever Israel turned its back on God the prophets declared that the sun no longer gives forth its light, the moon has been darkened, and the stars have fallen from the sky [Isa. 13:10; Ezek. 32:7]);

(ii) She is about to give birth (to the Messiah, Jesus);

(iii) The Dragon (Satan) musters the geo-political forces at the time — Israel (Herod) and Rome (Augustus);

(iv) The Dragon then sweeps down “a third of the stars of heaven” to the earth (presumed to be the involuntary subjection of a third of heavens angels who are then coerced to follow Satan). But this interpretation of this phrase creates two great problems: it suggests that Satan’s agenda did not commence until after the Christ was born, and secondly, it suggests that there were no demons until after Christ had been born. Both suggestions cannot be substantiated from Scripture;

(v) The Dragon then looms before the woman to devour her child when He is born. Indeed, Satan used King Herod in an attempt to kill the baby Messiah around the time of His birth, but failed;

(vi) The woman’s child grows to be the man who would accomplish redemption and the atonement of humankind’s sin and demonstrate that He is the true King of kings who will rule the nations ‘with a rod of iron’. After this phase of His redemptive plan is accomplished He ascends back to heaven;

(vii) Despite the Dragon’s 1,260 day program to wipe out the bearers of the news of the Saviour’s offer of redemption, the woman (the true Israel) is protected by God from being destroyed. [In A.D. 64 Caesar Nero commenced a killing rampage against Christians but was unable to destroy Christianity. This rampage of martyrdom against the Church ended with Nero’s suicide in A.D. 68, 1260 or so days later.]

(viii) War broke out in heaven with the archangel Michael fighting the Dragon. In A.D. 70 the last vestiges of the Old Covenant were done away with, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Hebrews 8:13, and with the doing away with the Old Covenant (Temple, Priesthood, sacrifices) Satan’s role as the Accuser of believers was extinguished and his doom made certain (the expression “thrown down” is metaphorical language of this, and Revelation further describes his doom as being “thrown into a bottomless pit” in Rev. 20).

Do you see how this sequence does not fit the suggested narrative of the origins of Satan since we know he was already the Evil One in the Garden of Eden described in Genesis 3?

 

WHAT THE BIBLICAL DATA ACTUALLY REVEALS ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE FALL OF LUCIFER

It might be that the story of Job is the most ancient story in the Bible. That is, the oral tradition of this account was being told well before Moses and his editor/s penned the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy). But the Book of Job, which describes a character referred to as the Satan in its opening two chapters was probably not formally written down in its present form until the time of the Exile in the fifth and the fourth centuries BC – whereas we know that the Genesis account was a part of the Book of the Law written and handed down from around 1400 BC. Therefore, the account of the Devil in Genesis 3 has ancient origins. If this text was all the data we had to determine when Lucifer rebelled against Yahweh, then we might be more inclined to accept an ancient tradition that says that it was the creation of the woman that triggered Lucifer to defy God. We certainly could not argue with the data as it is presented in the opening three chapters of Genesis since it is immediately after the woman (Heb. “Ishah”) is created that the devilish serpent appears. An ancient tradition states that it was this which triggered Lucifer, one of the Watchers originally assigned to earth to assist mankind, to be incensed with what Yahweh had done when he created a special being capable of doing what no no heavenly creature could do. While the man (Heb. “Adam”) had been created in the image of God, it was only after God divested Adam of those divine traits and embodied them in the Ishah with an ability that no other creature in the universe possessed: the ability to create ‘spirit’ (when a woman conceives her offspring he or she becomes an entirely new person in her womb with a spirit or soul comprised of a substance not previously in existence, unlike each of our physical bodies which are comprised of pre-existing material) — that the Evil One’s great pride became offended with envy and he was filled with rage against the woman (Ishah).

This would certainly explain the LORD’s denouncement of the serpent and His warning to the Ishah

¶ The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15

If this ancient tradition is correct about the timing and cause of Satan’s origins, then it explains why his devilish strategies are almost entirely focused on the destruction of women. The evidence for this today is horrifically obvious. Satan hates women. He hates that they can do something literally divine – a woman can create a spiritual being – and he cannot. Therefore, he tricks, manipulates, deceives, and cons people into encouraging women to either abuse this divine power or to destroy its fruit (the conceived child) through abortion — and of course, sex-selective abortion. It is conservatively estimated that due to this devilish strategy there are now “one hundred million missing females” from the world’s current population! One researcher has estimated that in India alone, there have been 70,000,000 baby girls aborted due to the practice of sex-selective abortions. Added to this assault on women is Satan’s despicable scheme to have men commit sexual violence against women including the sin of rape and pornography. All the while, the father of lies manipulates even women to be spoke-persons for the euphemistically labelled “Sex Industry” to betray their own sex by advocating for “the rights of sex workers” when they of all people should be defending the dignity of women against the abuses by men! Yet, somehow, Satan’s devilish deceptions are packaged with a veneer of acceptability that results of pitiful confusion by politicians, the judiciary, the media, and the arts. This confusion reached dizzying heights when Hugh Hefner died and he was bizarrely championed as a liberator of women by complying with Satan’s schemes to have stripped of dignity and treated as objects rather than as people endowed by their Creator to be honoured, cherished, and protected from such scandalous abuses. While the media were lauding Hefner as a liberator of women despite his despicable objectifying of women, they were simultaneously promoting the “Me Too Movement” when hundreds of women began speaking up against their mistreatment by other powerful men!

It is my hope that every Christian man repents of their consumption of pornography and is delivered from the lie that the women portrayed in this devilish attack against women actually enjoy being treated as objects rather than as persons! 

 

WHY WOMEN ARE REALLY, REALLY, IMPORTANT

When the Evil One entered the Garden of Eden, he did not try to directly corrupt the man. He went straight to the one upon whom the entire divine plan for mankind depended – the woman. But God immediately instigated His plan of redemption and put women right in the centre of it! As you read through Scripture you will see this pattern – Satan attacks key women, God redeems these women and uses the attack against them as an opportunity to further His plan of redemption despite Satan’s attack against them! When Satan attacked Eve with his insidious deception, God redeemed this attack by announcing that He would send the Redeemer as “seed of the woman” (Gen. 3:15; Rom. 16:20). God ordained that a young woman named Tamar would be one of the women through whom the family line of the coming Redeemer would come. When Satan had orchestrated Tamar’s husband, Er, to be sexually deviant so that this would not happen (Gen. 38:7), God orchestrated for His plan of redemption to be furthered through Tamar and her link to the tribe of Judah anyway (Matt. 1:3). When a young chosen girl, Rahab, was chosen by God to be in the family-line of the Messiah-Redeemer, she too was attacked by Satan at a very young age. She was robbed of her of dignity and purity and against all hope doomed to be childless. But God chose to rescue her out of these wicked schemes of Satan and the men Satan had manipulated to abuse her. God orchestrated a dramatic military rescue plan and brought her into the family of God as the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Salmon, and she was able to become the Great-Grandmother of King David and thereby continue the family-line of the coming Redeemer (Matt. 1:5a). Her only child, Boaz, her son, reached his senior years and had not yet married. Satan had made life difficult for Boaz and his countrymen by orchestrating a drought and a famine. Satan’s scheme looked like it would bring God’s plan of redemption to a halt. But God once again used Satan’s attack and sovereignly orchestrated it as a means to redeem both Boaz and a young Moabite girl, Ruth (Matt. 1:5b) through whom He ensured that the family-line of the Redeemer remained unbroken. And when Satan corrupted the heart of the LORD’s favourite servants, David, with lust for an already married woman, God eventually orchestrated for her who had been the wife of Uriah to be the chosen woman in the line of the coming Redeemer (Matt. 1:7). God redeems women!

Women are really really important to God and our endowed with a divine quality that men do not possess. We have already noted the fifth woman mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus, Mary (when we looked at Revelation 12) and noted how God indeed ensured that this young woman was an important means by which the Redeemer would redeem all mankind. Therefore, men, treat all women with respect, tenderness, and honour. And do this by heeding the Apostle Paul’s injunction to men- 

¶ Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father,
younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters,
in all purity.  ¶ Honor widows…
First Timothy 5:1-3

Your Pastor,

Andrew

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60 Comments

  1. Gordie

    Wow this sort of analysis and deduction inspires me that God has made Christianity an intellectual exploration as much as a spiritual journey. How boring it would be if God just produced his Word like a dry piece of legislation rather than the endlessly intriguing and stimulating exploration that it is.

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    • HK

      I am really opened up with this read. I am born again and am challenged to read the scripture deeper. Thanks for sharing this knowledge.

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      • Tammy Doyle

        This really is something to look deeper at. As a woman it made me feel so blessed. I brought forth 5 souls to this earth. Witch no man could have done. Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus christ.

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        • Terri

          Sorry , but I don’t get the which no man could have done , why do we forget that it TAKES a man’s semen as well ????

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          • zach

            When the holy spirit came to Mariam the mother of Jesus, she was a virgin and knew no man, therefore fulfilling the scripture as it is written “unto us a child is born” Isaiah 9:6.
            so technically her seed was still with in her without the seed of the male.

            The women tamar, hagar, and ruth mentioned all have their flaws and arnet even close to being pure even though they’re in the background of fulfillment.

            It is Mary who receives the divine gift as it is written “blessed art thou among women” Luke 1:42

            Do not to glorify women before God as Adam did in the garden, for he honored himself before God by eating of the forbidden fruit and disobeying a divine ordnance. Worship God not the creation.

      • Selina Mokomatsili

        Educative, I have been reading and searching for the real reason why devil hates women so much. I’m my country women are being brutally murdered every minute,it’s a disaster,a pandemic actually. My research was based on the foundation of the hatred of Satan towards women and I did a lot of reading and research regarding this matter and I am yet to get my answers. I have been praying and some revelation came to me something similar to your research. Thank you very much. I believe the Lord will lay it down to me in a way I will understand.

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    • Bernie

      What a great read and well researched too 👍

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      • Tonne L Miessek

        Why are those who corrupted women with holy names via drugs of error hopping in front of them today? I call them enemies of progress who has stolen not only finances from heirs but has also tried to steal their names?

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  2. LYDIA

    Amen!

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    • Vanessa

      I am really bless by your commentary. The truth presented of evil plans of Satan against women and God righteous seeds give a greater need and strategy to pray.Thanks

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        • C

          Why wasn’t Adam deceived and is the man really the Devil?was he the evil spirit that was cased down from Heaven? A lot of men are homosexuals and try to be God.

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    • Marie Mac

      Legislation coming into Ireland to eliminate the words woman, breastfeeding and womb from maternity leave laws.

      We are hated because we are mothers and because by in large, women, are the ones who do most of the praying. Praying for their children, praying for the world as a whole.

      Any statue of our blessed momma Mary depicts her crushing the head of the serpent at her feet. The devil is very aware of the Triumph of the immaculate heart of Mary. In the meantime he can attack us as much as he wants, we will continue with our rosary, which is more powerful than any nuclear weapon, against such evil.

      After all, we can be confident in how this story ends.

      Amen

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      • Ingrid

        Hi, I too have been led here in search of why Satan hates women which is soooo obvious lately. Also We will vote No against the new legislation in Ireland to delete the words Mother, woman and family from our constitution.
        I believe many things are aligning, I will continue to research and pray. Thanks for your article
        PS. anyone reading this please pray for Ireland on March 8th when the leaders here, who happen to be homosexual and childless wish to alter our laws in relation to women.

        God Bless. Amen

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  3. Paulo Paulo

    I really enjoyed reading this, Dr Andrew.
    I just never really seen it that way, especially the part where you mentioned, the devil hated when God created woman, Eve, because she can create a person in her, where as, the devil can’t create anything.
    Thanks for that Dr Andrew, something to think more about.
    God bless.

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  4. Sonia

    Dr. Andrew, I am not a feminist but have a heart for women and what they have endured throughout history. My heart aches every time I see injustice toward women. So, I prayed to ask the Lord to reveal why Satan hates women so much, and I found your page. Thank you

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  5. Velique

    Dr. Corbett, thanks for sharing your contemplations with us on how Satan views women. It does appear to me that many men… not just Satan… have womb envy. So, since the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible created everything and is omnipotent, I can’t help but wonder, “Why did you create this?” I mean, how about killing Satan? Why not? What would the world be like without the Father of Lies? I know there are Satanic forces. They are anything that sees me as prey and has no feelings of empathy or compassion, like the science fiction aliens that come to take our world. But as Einstein might point out, it’s all relative. If I want something and I don’t care about you, I’ll take your lands, wealth, women, or whatever as has been done over and over and over for millions of years right here on Terra. It’s a pattern, a cycle, repeated over and over. And my question is, What is the Creator thinking by letting this pattern repeat and repeat and repeat? There are other points of view in other cultures in this world about what and who the Creator is. In my relationship with God, I have become aware that there’s a Plan. I just don’t yet see the Big Picture what S/He’s up to. Do you? Seriously. If so, then please share your perspective on that, also.

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    • Legana Christian Church

      Hi Velique. I think that the case can be made, as I hope that I done, that a Heavenly “Watcher” being originally assigned by YAHWEH (The GOD) to help mankind get established became envious of the woman GOD had just created, and that he introduced sin into the world which has deceived and manipulated men into domineering women, and equally deceived and manipulated women into thinking they are less than men. Certainly the spiritual attack has led to some vulnerable men despising women sexually, and some women despising their God-given gift of womanhood as their identity.

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      • King

        The BIBLE says man is the head of woman and CHRIST is the head of every man, and the head of CHRIST is GOD.

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    • Ryan

      I think this is what God wants from us the most is for us to To seek him and his kingdom I believe he wants us to ask questions about everything and to know him and do it of are own free will that he has blessed us with and trust him and love him and we go through hard tmes and it’s like what is the point of it but if we didn’t have our own freedom of choice we would resent God and not be able to love him and if Life was easy we would forget about our father who always brings the good out of the bad and he will make it better than we can imagine to the ones that obey and love him and endure the trials and tribulations and repent in the end he never said it would be easy but it is and it’s not but It’s way worth I want to serve him more than anything I fall and sin and disobey when I know better and only want to do his will but my flesh is weak and I want to defeat my lust of my flesh and things of the world and give All of my heart and mind and everything I have to the holy father he gave his son to be tortured spat on crown of thrones pushed into his skull speared no mercy whatsoever and took all of the world’s sins from the past present and forever and asked Father why have you forsaken me because he bore all of those sins and our creator the Alpha and Omega the creator of the universe is so perfect and cannot be around sin had to turn his face away from our corrupt awful filthy sins that he took from us so that we might be saved he was unable to look upon his son who committed no sin and wasn’t born out of sin God cannot compromise with sin that would make him a liar if he did that’s why Jesus Gave himself up to die for us he didn’t have to but he loves us so much he did he could of had the a legion of angels come down and wipe us out of existence but no he took it all from from us that don’t deserve to Life and don’t compernd the the love like that and until he Gave up the Holy Spirit the Helper and went to Hell and conquered death his body was what he was talking about when he said I will destroye this tempel and build it back up in three days and he did he was resurrected and showed back up to confirm it with the apostles and everyone and I just want to Give him All of me and serve him only and not be Luke warm we I need to be All In ready to be put to Death for his name sake either you are with him or you are against him there is no neutral no compromises he will have it his way which is the perfect way thank you father my creator you have never Forsaken me even though I have you and strayed so many times and still do please give me self-control and wisdom and courage thank you for chastisement and not turning me over to myself and the world I don’t want to be separated from you ever my Father I’m not worthy and will never be only by your Grace we are saved I want to do your will and I pray for the lost to be found even though they hate me and I just want to be like I was when I was a little child and not corrupted by the world even though I was born out of sin out of sin you were there with me and I want to be innocent like that again but also matured in knowing you and Abel to overcome the world and to spread the good news and advance your kingdom for your glory and not to Boast of myself because it is all you through your awesome power and grace please make me useful I want to be a part of your kingdom and march in your army and be your servent and the best that I can be for you please forgive me of my sins and help me do good works thank you for everything and thank you for your Grace thank you for love thank you for your great paitence and your kindness and loving me so much that you gave yourself and also gave me free will too choose please help me be patients because your timing is perfect thank you for Life Father Love you and want to grow more in your love

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    • Mary

      My fear is that all of the evil of the Bible will come to pass solely because man wills it to, and these same men have taken control of their children’s minds through violent acts so that their offspring carry the same message. A woman cannot control her children’s minds as men do, because she is incapable of the type of violence that consumes the heart and mind until the child is forced to compartmentalize it or commit suicide. I was told we can never go back, and the fact that man is negating each of the 10 Commandments at his leisure proves a certain godlessness. Thou shalt not kill, unless they refuse to believe as I believe, for instance.

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  6. Rebecca Small

    Interesting article. There were 2 mistakes that you might want to fix: In the next to last paragraph, in this sentence about Rahab: God orchestrated a dramatic military rescue plan and brought her into the family of God as the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Boaz, and she was able to become the Great-Grandmother of King David and thereby continue the family-line of the coming Redeemer —
    She was the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Salmon. Then the last part of that sentence should go after the sentence about Ruth who became the great-grandmother of King David.

    And the last sentence in that same paragraph “And when David corrupted…” should read “And when Satan corrupted…”

    Thank you for the article.

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    • Legana Christian Church

      Thank you Rebecca! Much appreciated. I may have to appoint you my ‘official proofreader’! Thanks again.
      -Dr. Andrew Corbett

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      • Mary

        I also wonder if the “forbidden fruit” was incest, and women are blamed because they compelled their husbands to “do something” when their beloved daughters were being sacrificed as virgins to other men’s gods? If there are no virgins left…

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  7. Collin

    Wow, I’ve never thought of it that way,I like the explanation

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  8. Seth

    satan’s plan to receive the worship he believed he deserved was to reverse the order that God created for man. Instead of Christ, Man, Women, Children he convinced the women to follow his command which perverted the order and removed God which is what the fall refers to: Satan, Women, Children, Man. And in our current time he is doing the same thing but to the children. Satan, Children, Women, Man. He wants to destroy the children because that is the future of humanity. Children lead their parents straight to Hell. Transgenderism is a spiritual incongruence as a result of the perversion of order. Men dont want to control women. We want to protect them by preserving the order so satan doesn’t destroy our souls. Husbands rule over their wife because that is the perfect punishment God bestowed in order to keep women in order. However, this is not an observable reality or the desire of women and that’s why its a punishment. The husband shall rule over her heart but her mind will take issue with that. Women choose dominant men because its the desire of their hearts because of the punishment of God. So, if women try to pervert the order she will lose no matter what, either in heart or in mind because they have incongruent wills. The older women must teach the younger to submit to the will of her heart or she will attempt to drag you to Hell with her.

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    • Nell

      You are a lier, a perverted fool and most likely a faggot for distorting the truth about Jehovah and his will for women and children, stop trying to be God.

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    • Alice

      I strongly disagree with this. I do not think it is a perversion for a man to lead his home, or for a woman to want him to do so. I do not view that as part of the curse. The curse was that the woman wanted to have her desire over the man – to subvert his will, and obviously we see the effect of sin in men, when they lead poorly. But even in the garden, Adam was responsible for Eve, before any perversion. She was his help meat. So I don’t know, what you are saying does not seem like truth at all.

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    • zach

      Word.

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  9. SUSAN BORDEN

    So Seth, unless women are ruled over by their superior males they are doomed!!! Wow. God gave women a brain for a reason it was men who wanted to control the “lesser beings because they think they are Gods. Women are not stupid and do not need an owner to rule over them. Men have had all the power and women have suffered because of it. You owners were allowed to beat us even kill us, after what is a man to do if “his” women disobeys . God did not create women to obey men but to worship and obey God. Get over yourself.

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    • zach

      God created woman for the man so he did not have to be alone for it is written (The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18)

      Eve’s first sin was the lust of her eyes (Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied Proverbs 27:20),

      “sin fully conceived brings forth death “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death james 1:15)

      then in her covetous act of rebellion and in her desire to be wise she ate of the fruit of the tree of knoledge of good and evil

      (When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Genesis 3:6-7)

      the LORD commanded the one flesh not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

      (For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24)

      (But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17)

      thus allowing sin to pierce her heart like a poison arrow (The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?jeremiah 17:9) and through her deception Adam ate of the fruit and accusation was conceived for it is written

      “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” Genises 3:12

      “Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genises 3:13

      the serpent was trying to separate the man and the woman to defy God openly and blaspheme his holy name for it is written (Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9)

      the serpent is a liar and murderer which are fruits of death for it is written “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44)

      for this reason, was the son of God made manifest as it is written (The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8)

      “And I will put enmity
      between you and the woman,
      and between your offspring[a] and hers;
      he will crush[b] your head,
      and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15

      The devil is mad because the woman is a weaker vessel that has the word of God in her.

      “Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

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  10. Cat

    As a young woman trying to accept Christianity I get angry about how women are perceived. Sometimes it feels like men are the loved ones and we are not suppose to have dreams or purpose or hobbies or passions. But this made me feel as valued. Thank you

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    • Lind

      I too am a born again believer and agree with your congregations statement if belief.
      However, where in the bible does it say or elude to women having the “ability that no other creature in the universe possessed: the ability to create ‘spirit’ (when a woman conceives her offspring he or she becomes an entirely new person in her womb with a spirit or soul comprised of a substance not previously in existence..”?
      Is it not an act of God and only He who creates and gives it a soul and a spirit? This is my belief.

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  11. Rainbo

    I must point out the first scripture you have misrepresented and misquoted.
    Isaiah 14:12 clearly calls out the name of Lucifer, not someone else in the KJV of the Bible.

    12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

    This is the problem with “new translations” of the Bible trying to put it in the way men(kind) want it to say. They leave a lot of important things out. Why should we think that the prophet Isaiah would not be talking about the spiritual things rather than the earthly things. He is a prophet of God, not a prophet of the people.

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    • Dr. Andrew Corbett

      Hi Rainbo, I was actually basing my translation in the Hebrew. The word “Lucifer” is not in the original Hebrew.

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      • Alice

        You are saying that Day Star refers to a man?

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  12. R N

    As rapidly aging woman who couldn’t have a family due to physical problems and other life circumstances, what good am I? At 49 I realize God cannot use me since He only wants women to be wives and mothers.
    Men found me unattractive even when young; we have always outnumbered them at church, and I’m disabled. No, I never married either.
    I’m a failure as a Christian woman. Because this has been sinking in more than ever, I’ve stopped praying, reading the Bible and going to church.
    I’ll never be a mother so I’m not a real woman at all.
    Every man in the world, the church, and God Himself have rejected me.
    Worthless.
    I might as well have never been born. No one will miss me when I die.
    Will God even let a loser like me into Heaven?

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    • Dr. Andrew Corbett

      RN, I am so sorry to hear how you have been treated and regarded. It is completely unacceptable to be treated the way you have been treated.
      I can assure you that your worth and value as a woman is not determined by whether you are a mother or not, able or not, or your physical appearance or not. The reason you are of immeasurable worth because you are created by God! You bear the imago Dei that I talk about in this article. Your love for and devotion to God is not determined by whether He does what you request, but for what He has already done for you in Jesus.
      As we read through the Book of Psalms we notice that there were many people who felt shunned by others and even disappointed with God, but in expressing their hurt and disappointment to God they were actually praying — and maintaining their relationship with Him. I strongly encourage you to do the same my sister.

      -Dr. Andrew Corbett.

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    • DENICE LAWS

      Please, never say you are worthless. That is what Satan wants us to do – speak his lies out of our own mouths!

      While you may not feel fully satisfied as a woman, rest assured that God sees your suffering and you are NOT alone. I have suffered very broken relationships with men. Often I wish I had never experienced any of them because of the pain this knowledge of dizzyingly high love with equally low feelings of hate and despair have produced in my life.

      You are not unfulfilled without a husband and child. You are only unfulfilled if you choose not to bear witness and testify to all of the good things God has done for you and your life. We are to be grateful, because Satan – just like he did with Eve – is planting evil thoughts into your mind.

      There are many women in the bible who despaired – because they did not have a man, or a baby. Sarah was almost 100 years old before she finally had her promised child. Remember, God sees your suffering – YOUR suffering specifically. You may never have a child, but be obedient to joyfully worshipping God for the life He has given you. All life is precious in His sight – YOURS INCLUDED. Make the devil mad and throw off the yoke of despair. You are beautifully and wonderfully made!

      Many people, men and women, feel unfulfilled in their lives. Sin and evil have stripped humans of their ability to enjoy life abundantly – but through Jesus, our Redeemer, we can be healed completely. As we are going to complete rest and restoration in Him, take comfort in knowing that the time is coming for healing.

      God keeps his promises. If you pray faithfully for God to bind up your wounded emotions, He will begin to fill your life with new beginnings that can lead to your transformation. As we stay faithful in this sinful nature we are burdened with, God lightens our load. We are not promised days without sorrow and suffering, but we are promised that a new kingdom and new righteousness for all believers is being established even as we ponder on these things.

      God never fails. He has already won the victory. Now the rest must play out – because Satan is being allowed to rule. We are being led to understand fully the knowledge of good and evil. When we are resurrected, it will be to our credit that we remained steadfast in love AND remained joyful because God has already won.

      Believe God when he says that he has come to give us life, and life in abundance. When you despair, lift up your voice and cry to Him. He will hear you, and he will draw you near for comfort.

      You are in my prayers. Be blessed.

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  13. DENICE LAWS

    I was really disheartened by comments from and about women that continue with the lie that women were created to serve men. Women were not created to serve men. Sin gave men and women, in their fallen nature, the burden of inequality.

    God’s plan is one man, one woman. She was the pinnacle of creation, made from the side – the rib – not the head to rule over Adam, and not the foot to be ruled over. The natural order of God’s creation was established BEFORE the fall. The sin created the need for the lessons to be reinforced for both men and women to learn their roles while in the condition of sin, not in the perfect parenting of a Loving Father. Unfortunately, the knowledge of good and evil – something God provided in Eden to instruct His new children – was perverted by Satan.

    The fallen nature of man can lead women to believe that men are incapable of deep empathy and love. Are men capable of anything beyond sex, or is that all a man desires? Is a man’s desire only of the flesh, requiring nothing but a woman’s blind obedience? Can men love fully? The answer is – yes – with the help of Jesus, they can.

    Strict obedience to God’s commandments can assure that men can, once again, enjoy love fully. It is the desire of all fallen men to know evil, as Adam did: Bearing false witness against himself and others, avoiding repentance, craving release from pain and suffering rather than desiring commitment to the truth of evil: that it ALWAYS leads to death. Through the human experience of suffering, we will all continue to bear witness to the truth of this: God’s love is eternal life, sin is death.

    When God asks his first two human children, “Why are you hiding?” (Gen), they do not tell him the truth.

    They had already sinned, eating from what they were not to know the taste of – good AND evil. They were literally children. They had not reproduced yet.

    Adam and Eve then both lied. They passed the blame of their individual sin on to another – Adam to Eve, Eve to the serpent. Neither repented. Adam watched Eve be lied to and did nothing, but BOTH Adam and Eve knew that God had made a law about not eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam’s punishment to work in the dirt for his food and sacrifice his body is just because the knowledge of good and evil means Adam must now learn how to provide for others through evil means, or increase his faith in God by being dependent completely on God for the survival of his family. ONLY Jesus’ sacrifice is worthy, therefore no man other than Him can be the sacrifice needed to stop death. Adam’s original actions did not protect Eve. It is his duty to protect and defend her – even from her own actions that could lead to her death. They are ONE FLESH. Her death is literally his death. Adam is watching himself be killed when Eve eats! Likewise, it is Eve’s duty to protect and defend her flesh from the deception of others, because again – a man and woman are ONE FLESH – if she were to die, so would Adam. Men and women CANNOT live without each other. LITERALLY. Not just children – ONE flesh.

    I see the punishment of Adam and Eve as being just because men have to bear the burden of responsibility for their family’s survival. So, too the punishment of women is just, because they bear the burden of OBEDIENCE to protect men – they’re own flesh. So, are men capable of feeling love deeply? Jesus shows us that, yes men are capable of fully loving – but only through SACRIFICE. Jesus was both Son of God and Son of Man. His example shines brightly of what sacrifice can do – cover others from the nature of sin and evil. The nature of fallen men is to choose their flesh in order to avoid the shame of their own guilt from the very beginning with Adam – assigning blame for their choice to participate in sin. Many men today hide behind their wives to avoid responsibility for work as their assigned punishment, quick to blame the same wives for misleading the men when they were ordered to establish right and wrong firmly in their household. FIRMLY.

    Just as Eve’s sin is the burden to bear for all women, so Adam’s sin is all men’s sin to bear because sin infects behavior as well as the flesh. The punishment of sin is literally death. We have an understanding now that sin is literally “passed down” (similar to the “passing” of blame for sin from Adam to Eve, Eve to the serpent) because from generation to generation, inherited genetics play a part in behavior, which is not just learned. That is how sin was introduced to all humans – Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience AND unrepentance made their bodies the instrument of generational sin.

    But JESUS carried that cross for ALL. His blood, his broken body, his sinless sacrifice gave testimony to the truth of God’s undying, self-sacrificing, enduring LOVE. It is this love we are learning – because the tree was the knowledge of not just evil, but GOOD. God will always outmaneuver Satan. Satan is doomed to die. Satan KNEW BETTER. He acted, not out of ignorance, but in the desire to murder – not just Eve, but Adam and even God Himself.

    Personally, I do not feel that men can love women fully until they are willing to admit that they often “pass blame” to women and do not fulfill the purpose of learning proper leadership. Women even accept and assign blame to themselves and other women to avoid unnecessary punishment from sinful men. Adam presents the sin of men: Assigning all blame onto women while denying wrongdoing on their part. Adam, as all sinful men, represent the inability of men to love fully while they are consumed by their fleshly desires. Men are tormented with the knowledge that they alone are not enough to provide lasting security and need communion with both God and a woman to love the way they were intended to love, honor, and cherish their wives.

    Satan’s heart was not unknown to God. God is just and merciful. He knew His children, Adam and Even, did not “know their right hand from their left hand” (Jonah). They had not been instructed in the way of evil. Satan’s curse is eternal punishment and death – separation from Love and the joy worshipping God brings when his creations are obedient.

    After all, Satan was aware of what he was doing in that garden. God sees ALL. God knows all. God already had a plan in place with that terrible tree.

    When I lament, as a woman, on the punishment I bear because of my great forebears and their sins, I remember that God promises “Whoever is first shall be least, whoever is least shall be first” in the new kingdom. Eve may have been humbled and brought low all her daughters, but we shall all be raised up and set back in our proper place in His perfect timing.

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    • Alice Wright

      I truly do not see what is wrong with the concept of women being subservient to men. The Bible is clear that both serve each other – the man protects the woman, and the woman respects and worships the man. “Wives, be willing to serve your husbands the same as the Lord. A husband is the head of his wife, just as Christ is the head of the church.”

      If a man is really following God, this is probably very easy. It is natural for a woman to serve her protector, who defends her, and to whom she belongs. It is only if there is some rupture of trust that it becomes difficult.

      Was Christ not a servant of all?

      Therefore, why would it be a shame to a woman to serve her husband? It would actually be her glory.
      In some sense, he serves her too, by protecting her, loving her, and providing for all her needs.

      I think this picture is beautiful, and I don’t see why it should be modernized.

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  14. DENICE LAWS

    Sorry for the long, rambling post! I’ve been doing exegetic readings of Genesis for a few weeks now and it has helped restore my faith in God. The bible is the best book ever written. Oh, and, I love Jesus. Completely sold out to Him.

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    • SUSAN BORDEN

      So Denice, you are saying that men are superior because women have no brains so must be told what to do and how to do. God did not create women to be ruled by men. God created men and women as equals, not females to be ruled by a male owner.

      It is because of thinking men are the rulers of women that women have been beaten and raped by their “owners” without punishment, after all men need to keep “their property” under control.

      Shame on you, it is because of your views I refuse to go to church. Jesus loves and does not consider the me the lesser gender. Jesus treated women as equal to males and did not consider them lesser. You must think that Jesus was wrong.

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      • Lizzie

        Denice literally said the opposite of what you are inferring. She literally stated “Women were not created to serve men.” She clearly had spent some time writing about her thoughts and consideration’s which I’m guessing you just skim read and did not take in properly?

        I suggest you re-read Denise’s comments and consider withdrawing your unfair criticism.

        There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people, but there are plenty of church’s that do not preach that men are above women. It seems you might be using this as an excuse not to go to church?

        You talk about Jesus and love and infer that Denice must think Jesus was wrong? Do you think Jesus would have written a combative message such as yours? One that does not entertain dialogue or debate but instead points the finger? It certainly didn’t seem to come from a place of love, rather a place anger.

        I disheartening to see fellow Christians behaving like this.

        I hope you can begin to find love and forgiveness in your heart, love for yourself and your brothers and sisters.

        Even if Denice had said the things you accused her off. I don’t think you should force people in not your views through aggression or guilting “Shame on you, it is because of your views I refuse to go to church” trying to guilt someone and point the finger is not the way of Jesus. I believe is through love and forgiveness and trying to lead by example that people might change there negative view.

        There is enough evil, anger resentment and hatred in the world as it is and it is my belief that we as Christians should try our best to be a light in the darkness; to help others instead of criticising and putting them down

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    • Jessica Kanu

      I want to know you more, I love your message

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  15. Fact

    Women are just like Satan today the way they disrespect us men nowadays.

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  16. King

    The BIBLE says man is the head of woman and CHRIST is the head of every man, and the head of CHRIST is GOD.

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    • Susan_W

      You seem, to forget that the Bible was written by men for men so of course they are going to claim women are lessor. Jesus never taught that only Paul, who was the opposite of Jesus.

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  17. Bjorn

    You have touched my heart, Pastor Andrew. This has opened me up and given me a new perspective on women and their roles in life. I have been far from God these last few years, but this text has given me the courage to invest in the Lord again. This is only the beginning, thank you, Pastor Andrew.

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  18. Alice Wright

    I’m skeptical that a divine being would be jealous of a less powerful created being. As I see it, the attack on Adam and Eve was not primarily directed against them, but against God. They bore the image of God, and so the devil attacked the image-bearers, wherever he could hurt and destroy. It seems a reach to say that the devil specifically targeted the woman out of jealousy of her child bearing capacity, although this is something that we clearly see under attack today. Since the woman is “of the man”, it seems like it is attacking the property of a person, as an indirect assault on the person themselves. Since the woman is part of the man, clearly, the attack was meant to hurt them both – but the weaker vessel was targeted. That is how I see it but it is possible I could be wrong on the matter.

    I think, to some degree, it reads narcissistically, that is all. It seems that the devil’s original sin was pride and wanting to be as God; the rebellion in the heaven was already occurring.

    I am really confused by your Biblical quotes. This is what pulls up for me:
    “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
    By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” Ezekiel 28:15-18

    Why do you think the subject of this passage is referred to as “o covering cherub”. That is one strange way to refer to a human being, don’t you think? I believe this passage begins talking about the King of Tyre, who was controlled by the devil, and then broadens the analogy to the root cause: the devil. I do not think God would refer to a fallen man as “perfect in thy ways” or a “covering cherub”.

    While I agree that Satan does aim to destroy women, and that there is a lot of truth in your writings, I just wanted you to consider this.

    God also says the battle belongs to him. If it were merely a battle between Satan and the woman primarily alone – a “woman centered” battle – then, God would surely not say that. The church is also referred to as a bride – who is in submission to her husband. Husband being the protagonist and leader of the battle. The woman seems like a helper, as she was created, not the main object of hatred, but an indirect one.

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  19. Robert O'Neill

    Just came across your article. For sure, the plan is afoot to destroy women and their offspring. Already, they have denied the existence of woman as real objects, that is women only exist as a social construct, an abstraction in the minds of people, but not in reality. Thus, men can be women, if they put on a dress. Woman is no longer a concrete noun but an abstract noun or adjective. Soon, the word ‘woman’ will be abolished altogether.

    Feminists fell for this nonsense first by hating men and claiming they were not needed; now, men are putting on dresses and claiming ‘women’ don’t exist.

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  20. Laura

    Have any of you considered the serpent to being the seed of Adam ?? Sperm look like snakes . Apple being eve private parts . Also the male private part look like a snake as well .

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  21. Yahwehs Tent

    There is a woman on earth line of david to be used or being used as a vessel to fight the demonic kingdom just now. The trinity is on earth. They have been since 24th february. The storms are not climate change. Satan and his angels dell on 24th february 22 and war is happening on ground. God is with us. God is fighting through a vessel they way he has done with prophets etc

    The death of the queen was the bighing of 2nd tribution period.

    God is with us. The war in israeal is the manifest of the spiritual war over GODs land.
    God is with us. Devil and his army are being reduced and finished.

    Lets pray for the church and mankind. Lets declare with greater power the Lord Jesus promised us.

    Prophecies are being fulfullied bit the world seem to wait for a bang of GOds fury yet the Lord is love.

    Pray for the woman of revelation 12 as the devil is trying to finish her as it is written she shal bruise his head. The Lord GOD is fighting but there is a woman vessel.

    Today saw the land divided and then word that means Armgaddon appeared.

    Lets be ready. Lest declre victory and bless the Lord almighty at all time. Amen.

    Blessings to you all.

    The day devil and his army fell, the trinity came down for us and rule of the Lord on earth began and fight has been on earth. Storm eunive was the impact ofsatan is dead just a reduced spirit fighting back. Alot if giants demond and his army have been delt with Storm Eunice was the downfall of Satanto here on the ground.

    Lets rejoice the Lord of the convenant is dwelling with is and fighting.

    His temple will be built.
    But only GOD knows when the world will end.

    All I know.is the Lord is with us. Fighting on the ground.
    Hallelua

    Blessings to you all.

    The fight of the devil to a woman is real as he knew a woman will be a vessel.when GOd fights on the ground. Devil has been try to kill this woman
    Long before the trinity came.
    Each time the Lord came to save the woman just seconds before dying.
    Who can open door when GOD has closed.
    GOd loves mankind . God loves the land of israel. Any can be used here on earth to fight foe his land. Lets declare victory to Gods land . Amen

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Follow Me AS I FOLLOW JESUS

We all walk a path in life that is set before us. We start with very little experience and knowledge about the purpose of our life and the world beyond us. All of humanity experiences joy, wisdom, strength, weakness, suffering and hardship, especially those who are “contending for the faith”. Knowing Jesus is a very special part of this life journey.

A CERTAIN GOD

We can be reasonably certain about many things. In fact, without this certainty about life, none of us could function. We can be certain that tonight the sun will ‘set’. Tomorrow the sun will ‘rise’. After the February 28th it will be February 29th. This year there will be international unrest and much political instability in many parts of the world. In the coming months global warming will be identified by politicians as the source of floods and wildfires. Several high profile international celebrities will die this year. Archaeologists will make a discovery that will require some aspects of history to be rewritten. And you will certainly have one of the most memorable moments in your life in the coming days. You see, there are clearly some things we can be quite certain about. However, there are some aspects about our future that we cannot be certain about, yet in those moments we can be certain about what we should do.

LOW COST LIVING

Turn on any TV or radio news lately and there’s bound to be a story about the current “cost of living crisis”. We all feel it. Initially most people accepted the widespread price-rises were caused by 2020-21 pandemic lockdowns. But whatever the reasons for the rapid price hikes over the past two years, every time we go to the supermarket we feel it again. While governments are striving to curb the impact of this cost of living crisis, there remains a way to enjoy low cost living. The key to this is recognising that the most valuable things in life are literally priceless. The path to enjoying low-cost living is to be found in Christ, and what He taught — and it begins with treasure.

How To Know Jesus Better

It’s a scary thought to realise that the Jesus we have been told about and worship may not really be known to us at all. We can ‘know’ about someone or something, but not really know them. In Christian circles it’s often referred to as head knowledge not heart knowledge.

Knowing Christ Better

As a church, this year’s theme is coming closer to Christ by getting to know Him better. I feel that I am “the least qualified person” to tell anyone how this is done — but someone else has already claimed this distinction – the apostle Paul. After decades of hearing directly from Christ, seeing extraordinary miracles, being taken to heaven temporarily, planting churches across the Roman Empire, he could still say I would give anything to really know Christ – even if it meant suffering like He did! (Phil. 3:7-10). Therefore, I could say: If you do this or that, you will then know Christ better – but in my view, it’s not as easy as that! How we develop our relationship with Christ is shaped by several factors including our personality, our life experiences, our physical health and fitness, and our relationships with others (especially our parents and particularly our father). In fact, I believe that there is a relationship between how we have learned to build relationships with others (and notably how we have learned to relate to those who are closest to us) and how we then proceed to have a relationship with God. Even though I have expressed my lack of qualifications in telling anyone how to have a closer relationship with Christ, I still can, like one hungry beggar to another hungry beggar, offer you a few of the morsels of food that I’ve been able to find.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE AMAZING BUTS

I know of several people with amazing buts. There’s Jo’, Mo’, Sam, Esther, Jerry, and others. Each of these people were gifted by God with an amazing but that changed there life and the course of human history. Sometimes these gifts came with a …then, or …God, or …the LORD. When it comes to the size of things, a but is a relatively small thing (in Greek it can be just two letters: de) but it can have huge implications and enormously great blessings for multitudes. I hope to show you how this was the case with each of the people I have chosen as samples, and then show you how God is your God of buts.

OPEN

What does the word ‘open’ mean to you? Like language itself, it is like any word in which the meaning only comes from the context in which it is used. I can think of at least 12 different understandings of this word, some of which I will point out, most I will not, and one that I focus on because it is prophetically important for where we are at as a church at this crucial time.

ONE THING I HAVE TO SAY

​I’m always amazed at the really cool events I’d organised for my kids to experience, so that they might have happy memories – but now they don’t remember it except the random comment someone made in the car trip on the way there or what snack was eaten. Conversely, if you make a mistake, well that one is remembered! Once I drove Andrew’s car and just lightly hit something so it ended up with an annoying 2cm scratch. The mistake is (still) there in full view to anyone who looks. Is Andrew going to remember this above the years of my devotion to him? (Not likely, but some people do remember the wrong for way too long!) If you had the choice, what one thing would you want to be remembered for? What one thing would you want your family to remember? It’s not often going to be the thing you have in mind.

‘Famous last words’ comes from the hope that you’ll be remembered for them. If you were given the privilege of being able to articulate as the important thing to say, to be remembered by all, what would it be? Would it be a reflection on your love toward someone? Would it be a directive on how to have the best life? Would it be that you wished you had done something? Someone once mused, ‘would your dying words be that you’d wished you’d spent just one more day in the office’? (Not likely.)

AT THE END OF THIS YEAR I WILL RECOUNT 12 WONDERFUL THINGS (An Explication of Psalm 9)

This is my last end-of-year Pastor’s Desk post. When the head of our Live-stream ministry, Sari, asked me what I was thankful for this year, my immediate answer was obvious and predictable. But since then, I have considered that I also have eleven other things for which I am grateful to GOD for. In this last ever end-of-year Pastor’s Desk please indulge as I share my heartfelt thanks to God and for those God has used to bless me this year.

HE WAS BORN A KING

The king who reigned over Judea when Jesus was born was Herod the Great. Herod had no legitimate claim to the throne of Israel. He was from an Idumean noble family who supported the Roman occupation of Palestine. As a reward he was appointed by the Roman Senate as the King of Judea. Despite his attempts to curry favour with the Jews, including several major public works programs (including completing the temple reconstruction) he was still largely unpopular among the Jews. Little wonder then that when the Magi arrived in Jerusalem with their large retinue and requested to view the birth of the prophesied King of the Jews, Herod was emotionally threatened by this revelation. Herod immediately ordered an enquiry from the chief priests and religious scribes.