God's judgment on Eve (Genesis 3:16) impacts all women that have lived, live today, or will live. The judgment helps destroy relationships and marriages. The degree that this bad news impacts a woman is directly related to how much a woman trusts herself and not God. God initiated this judgment on women, but He has provided the solution also.
If you want to understand something, it is helpful to understand the “big picture” as well as the details. If you do not see the theme of the judgments or curses, you will miss why they are so powerful.
Remember the context of the judgment for women? The serpent had a conversation with Eve, then…
“…the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took the fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” – Genesis 3:6
Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, they saw they were naked, sewed fig leaf clothing, and then they tried to hide from God when He came to walk with them in the garden. When confronted by God, they tried to blame everyone but themselves, which led to the judgments – first to the Serpent, then Eve, then Adam. We only analyze the judgment on women and men.
So, the serpent’s curse is not covered in this material, which brings us to God dealing with Eve or woman.
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” – Genesis 3:16
The theme reveals itself through the 3 key elements of the judgment. The first two phrases are about children, and the next two are about the husband.
With only that little clue of information, can you see the theme?
You are correct! It is about relationships or how relationships will go for women, primarily in the family. It appears that the impact is not only on the family, but also on relationships in general, especially man-woman relationships that a woman has.
Now why is this judgment so penetratingly perfect? Do you remember how a woman is designed? The one word to remember about the design of woman is…
Notice how bad this judgment is! God designed a woman to be relational, but this judgment now makes it difficult to fulfill her relational design.
Ladies, each of you experiences this on a daily basis if you are not doing what God asks you to do. By God’s wonderful grace, there is a solution, but if you are operating on AUTO-PILOT, your sin nature is driving you to live in your judgment.