Many people argue that male leadership (in the home and church) is simply a result of the fall of man and not as God originally intended things to be. John Piper disagrees and responds in this way.
Nine evidences in Genesis 1-5 that man’s leadership is an order of creation and not a result of the fall:
- The creation of man and woman equally in God’s image but with a representative leadership function implied for the man (Genesis 1:26-27).
- Man is created first, then the woman (Genesis 2:7, 18). Man goes ahead (leads) in creation and is given that same leadership function in life. Paul picks up on this in 1 Timothy 2:13.
- Man is given the moral teaching for governing the garden to pass on to the woman (Genesis 2:15-17). God gives these instructions to Adam with the assumption that he is to pass them on to Eve.
- Woman was created “from man” and presented as a helper “fit (suitable) for him” (Genesis 2:18-23). Woman is to come alongside man and partner with him in serving the Lord.
- Man names woman (Genesis 2:23). Naming is a significant leadership function. For example, parents name their children.
- The serpent undermines the roles ordained by God and draws Eve and Adam into a deadly role reversal with God and each other (Genesis 3:1-6). Satan targeted Eve in the deception. Adam was “with her” (verse 6) when she gave of the fruit of the tree but he did not stop her.
- God calls the man to account first, not the woman (Genesis 3:7-9). This is one of the clearest evidences. God did not go to Eve first even though she was originally deceived by Satan.
- The curse of “Desire” and “Rule” show the futility of role corruption (Genesis 3:16b).
- God named man and woman man (Genesis 5:1-3). This is why it’s good for married couples to have the husband’s last name.
Adapted from lesson four of What’s The Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible. A DVD small group study by John Piper.