I have wrestled with God. God is irremovable. He's not deconstructable You can run away, but He's not leaving.
There’s something interesting in the God of Genesis. God, breaths things into being. When God speaks things exist. His speech =fact. Our reality of language is fundamentally flawed to this principle. We think we speak things into existence. We think that a parent who says “clean your room” (good) child then cleans his room, speaks something into existence. But a parent’s voice does not make the room clean. You called asking for the obedience but not the being.
You may call a thing something that it isn't, but that changes nothing of what it is.
You can say the sky is purple, but it does not change because you speak, it cannot change colors. Even if you were to reinvent the labels of the colors to our own language where in yourspeak purple =blue, it would not change the color of the sky. You can speak your mind into agreement, but not your existence to change. There is no time in between for God. His will can be perfect truly. His reaction to our failure can be so perfect that it is indistinguishable to His first option. He can have perfection.
We demand out constraints of 'carrying out' principle to God. Foolish enough to think that we must believe something into existence because it is not without our agreement. God spoke into void and there was light. He did not open his eyes. He did not name what was into words that we can explain as light.
There was nothing, and then there was.
(The Opening of the Bible- Scene One.)
For some this is something we can ‘get’, but it does not end. God keeps speaking. This book is about a redefined existence, not a redefined dictionary, or a redefined perspective. A reality spoken. It is the unity of causality and cause.
And so He makes male and female.
Human and equal.
We were made 'very good.'
And then, we effed it up...
And then, we get this curse...
Unto the woman he said,"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you."
What a strange curse. So so so taken for granted as immovable fate. That we, must obey as the good-children. That (gladly) we must punish the woman as man finds himself punished in his work, we find ourselves so endowed to bring God's word into being. Because while He spoke us into being surely He cannot bring this curse about.
And this is the causality of sin. That we are both the curse and the cursed locked in a spiral downward, into entropy we inflict just as we are afflicted.
Isn't this the definition of sin, to rejoice in another's sorrow, to laugh while another mourns, to weep while others rejoice, to take pleasure in the punishment of another? Is that not the definition!
The opposite of sin is not obedience but love.
The opposite of sin is not obedience but love.
To walk with God in the garden, or hide from him in the bushes.
To rejoice in the unity and love of man and woman and God, or demand distance.
Patriarchy is the distance of God and sin made manifest. The disbelief in God at His word, leads to disbelief of His words. His curses are made manifest by His speech and then broken in the grace speech of Christ's life.
The sin is the picture of a woman longing for her husband and cursed to be ruled over. To live a servant in distance, longing for a lover. It is the festering of sin in the world not just to women.
"It’s about justice for the college student facing expulsion from her school for ever so bravely speaking up about being raped by a fellow student.
It’s about justice for the young woman in Delhi who was brutally raped and murdered last December on her way home from a movie.
It’s about justice for the women who are paid only 77 cents on average for every dollar her male colleagues do for the same exact work.
It’s about justice for those who identify outside of traditional gender norms and orientations to be who they are without fear of bullying, harassment, abuse, or even murder.
It’s about justice for the one-third of servicewomen who have courageously and heroically defended our country, only to be sexually assaulted and harassed by their fellow comrades.
It’s about justice for the men, women, and children who are bought and sold in brick kilns and brothels and farms every day.
It’s about justice for the young men and women stepping out from abusive church communities and seeking true freedom in Christ."
--Danielle (blog: fromtwotoone.com)
It is the reconciliation of Christ and His bride as we are brides to man. That thousands of years lived and died longing and sorrow, thousands of years in brokenhearted distance, from billions of voiceless, the property and enslaved, would come to an end—and could only come to an end as God speaks and we respond to speak,
Christ in me, the hope of glory
To carry out a curse upon another, is to drink the cup ourselves, it is to join with the sin and brokenness of a human short fall and deny the cup of grace, of blood spilled out for us.