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Equal in Value, Different in Design and Role

Men and women are equal in value, but different in their designs and roles. When you don't understand that reality, your relationships will struggle. God has designed man and woman to be different, but not unequal in value and worth. 

Too many fights and disagreements focus on trying to prove whether man or woman is superior or more valuable than the other. Actually, the truth is men and women are designed by God to be complementary. Knowing God's design and blueprint will reduce the struggle between men and women - if you accept it as true.

Equal Value Different in Design and Roles

"...male and female He created them." - Genesis 1:27

Myth or Reality

If you look at the Bible through the world’s eyes, Genesis is a fable or myth, maybe at best an interesting story. The reality - Genesis is key to understanding the fundamental elements of life, and is ESSENTIAL for relationships and marriage. In Genesis chapters 1-3, you find...

  • the designs of men and women
  • the foundation of the designs
  • the contract for marriage
  • the sin in the garden that occurred in the context of reversed marriage roles
  • the judgments facing men and women
  • the reason relationships are painful for women
  • the reason work is painful for men
  • the reason men and women struggle in marriage and relationships
  • ...and more

Additionally, Genesis 1:26-28 has been stated as the Theological Center of the Bible. Dr. Roy Zuck says the central message of the Bible is given there, “…man as the image of God was created to represent God Himself as the sovereign over all creation…and reign in a manner that demonstrates his lordship, his domination (by force if necessary) over all creation.” Salvation, therefore, is needed to reestablish that purpose, since Satan is now the ruler of this world. Click to hear and see more.

Man's Design

God designed man to fill a need in the garden. Genesis 2:5 says “…there was no man to till the ground…” and Genesis 2:15 states “…God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Click to hear and see more.

Those facts are extremely important when you consider the theme of the words “till”, “tend”, and “keep”. The theme is WORK with an element of guarding and protecting. But the story of man’s design does not end there, because God stated in Genesis 2:18 “it is not good that man should be alone…” It's critical to note that Adam did not make that statement as many people imply, especially in marriage ceremonies.

So, man is designed to work and need a suitable companion.

Woman's Design

Then God made woman. God designed woman to fill a need in man. Man needs woman, but is often focused on the work that he doesn't realize the need. I can identify with Adam in that I often do not realize my aloneness, so God stepped in and provided a solution.

Genesis 2:18 says, “…it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Woman is designed to RELATE. Man needs a suitable companion, of like kind, but more importantly, he needs a “helper”. Unfortunately, that word is misunderstood and interpreted as something inferior, like a slave. Click to hear and see more.

First that's illogical, help is needed when you can’t do something alone, and assistance is needed. More importantly, the Hebrew word used there “ezer” is a word used of God, particularly in Psalms. And, remember what the Holy Spirit is called – John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send to you…” Women, being called a “helper” is a very elevated term.

But, discussions about men and women will devolve into proving the superiority of one versus the other. Click to hear and see more. God’s view has nothing to do with the worth or value of each, both are equally valuable. God is interested in man and woman doing the role and function He designed for them. Remember...

Equal in Value, Different in Design and Role

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