I’m every woman, it’s all in me…remember that song by Chaka Khan? Independent women are on the rise, while some men are sitting back letting women take over.

We are living in a time where children are being raised without fathers, and some men haven’t taken their rightful place in their homes. Are they to blame? Some may say yes, but I challenge the women to consider their part.

In Genesis 1:26, we read about God creating man in His own image.

In Genesis 2:7, we read about God creating man from dust.

In Genesis 2:16, we read of God giving man instructions not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge.

Notice the word man was used in these three different verses. But do you know the difference of their meaning?

When looking at the Hebrew word for man in Genesis 1:26 the word is spelled: ā-ḏām. While the word origin stems from Adam, it is referring to mankind: men and women collectively or you can say human beings.

When looking at the Hebrew word for man in Genesis 2:7 the word is spelled:

hā-’ā-ḏām. This Hebrew word also comes from the word origin Adam. However, in this scripture the word origin Adam refers to man only, as opposed to women. Making a specific distinction in who God is talking to.

In Genesis 2:16 the same Hebrew word for man in Genesis 2:7, is used also here in verse 16. Which means God gave man (Adam), instructions not to eat the fruit of the tree, NOT Eve.

We all know the story that Eve ate the fruit and handed it to her husband. In modern terms, Adam followed Eve’s lead even though God told him not to.  Later on in Genesis 3 we read how God held each of them responsible for the role they played. Eve was punished for leading her husband astray. And Adam was punished for following her lead.


Eve isn’t the only woman in the Bible who enticed her husband or a man to do what she wanted that ended with consequences.

In Genesis 16, we read about Sarah and Hagar. In Genesis 19, we read about Lot’s wife, and his daughters. In Judges 14 and 15, we read about Samson’s wives, and let’s not forget Jezebel who we read about in 1 Kings.

As women, we are beautiful. We come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, because we are all fearfully and wonderfully made! However, we cannot use what God gave us as a weapon to tear down our men. God’s men, to do things we want them to do.

It is not only time for our men to take their rightful place; it’s time for us ladies to let our men be men and step aside. Not neglecting what God has given you to do, but through prayer and taking our rightful place, we will begin to see our men elevate to the place God has called them to be.

Eve wasn’t the only one, but she was the forerunner. So ladies let’s purpose to not be an “Eve”!

Photo Credit: Kasia

~ Timberley Gray

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