Eve & Marriage

I’ve heard stories about Adam and Eve.  But where did she come from?  Did You make her too?

“And the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a help meet for him”(Gen 2:18).

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man made he a woman and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.

Marriage in ancient Rome (conubium) was a strictly monogamous institution: a Roman citizen by law could have only one spouse at a time. … These three benefits seem to define the purpose of marriage in ancient Rome. The word matrimonium, the root for the English word “matrimony”, defines the institution’s main function.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Gen 2:21-25).

Note: Eve was not named until after the fall and before she gave birth, until then she had only been called woman.  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all living (Gen 3:20).

“I would think since You made Adam first he would be in charge.  But then again they were married.  How is marriage supposed to be, do You have any rules?”

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. 

Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything” (Eph 5:22-24).

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord” (Col 3:18).

“Likewise, ye wives be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives” (1 Pet 3:1).

Women’s Rights
Women had little official political power in Rome. They were not allowed to vote or hold political office. In general, they were not accepted into political debate or other areas of public life.
Unofficially, some women in Rome held power through their husbands or sons. Wives of senators, and even the emperors, advised their husbands and often had a significant influence on the government and the workings of Rome.
Women weren’t completely without rights, however. They could own property and run businesses. Some women became very wealthy and held power through their wealth.
Marriage
Once a woman was married she had even less rights. The husband had all the legal rights when it came to the children. In the early years of Rome, the wife was actually considered the property of the husband. This changed around the time Rome became an empire in 27 BC.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:25-27).

“Husbands, love your wives, and not bitter against them” (Col 3:19).

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (1 Pet 3:7).

The church is not a religion, nor is it Jesus Christ, remember, He is the head of the church.  The church is the holiness and righteousness of God. 

A husbands and wives are to respect one another in love and fairness, to treat each other as they would treat themselves. 

In other words, if you are unable to treat each other equally then your love for Jesus is lacking.

To see more go to: Marriage in Ancient Rome, Marriage and Divorce in Ancient Israel, and How Marriage Has Changed Over Centuries.