18 May Honoring Our Wives & Daughters
- Culture gives us 2 options – feminism w/weak men; chauvinism w/broken women
- In marriage 2 dangers are 1. Domineering 2. Independence
- Bible gives a 3rd way
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- Not Chauvinism
- Not Feminism
What poisons men:
- Weakness (exploited rather than appreciated & protected)
Genesis 2:18-28 the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”…And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,“ This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one…
Genesis 20:13 when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
- Genesis 12 entering Egypt
- Genesis 20 entering Gerar
Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
Genesis 19:8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please.
A daughter sees herself through her dads eyes
A father establishes the baseline of expectations for men
Discussion & Prayer
- Were you raised leaning more chauvinistic or feministic?
- Do you lean more chauvinistic or feministic?
How can you be (or prepare to be) a better husband