I'm still reading in Genesis 1 and 2.
I read that man was created first - there is an order that humans were created in. Whether that means anything may be debatable.
I read that it was to the man that God gave the directions to not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (in the more detailed account in Genesis 2) - before the woman was even created. Scripture does not record that the woman was present to receive the instruction.
I read that Eve was not present when Adam had the responsibility of naming the animals...she had not been created yet.
I read that when God declared, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.", it was before the fall.
I read that when the serpent approached Eve, it was a very familiar approach..."Did God REALLY say...?"
(Around here we call them "serpent questions": "Does the Bible REALLY say...?" or..."Does it REALLY mean THAT?!?!" or..."Does that REALLY apply to us today?" Serpent questions.)
I read that after the fall, it was Adam that God questioned.
The all-knowing and all-seeing Creator of the universe would have known exactly what had happened...yet he went to Adam first.
In Ephesians 5, when Paul writes the segment of instructions to husbands and wives, (wives submit, husbands love) and refers to what God declared BEFORE the fall: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
I believe that the inclusion of the one-flesh declaration from BEFORE THE FALL into the "wives submit - husbands love" instruction, God was instructing His bride in the redemptive love of the bridegroom for the wife who lovingly and willingly submits to Him.
I believe that before the fall, Adam was created first, Adam received the instruction not to eat of the tree, Eve was created as a suitable helper (complementary even). I believe that the order in which things happened was recorded that way for a reason - the husband leads, the wife helps.
I believe that part of the curse was that no longer would a wife tend to lovingly and willingly submit to the leadership of her husband. Evil had crept in.
I believe that after the fall the temptation would be for a husband to deal harshly with his wife, denying her the love that she desires. Evil had crept in.
I believe that Christ offers us the opportunity: to reflect Christ and the church.
"The mystery is profound..."
I believe that in Christ, husbands have the privilege and responsibility of loving as Christ loves the church.
I believe that in Christ, wives have the privilege and responsibility of submitting as the church submits to Christ.
I believe that the wife has been the "helper" since the creation account. That has not changed. Woman is still the "suitable helper". Complementary. Half of the one-flesh.
I believe that the whole of Scripture leads to a reading of the husband as leader. That has not changed.
From before the fall, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
From the writing of Paul's instruction to wives and husbands, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
Wives submit, husbands love.