Effect of Sin On Woman
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

Will you open your Bibles, please, to the book of Genesis, chapter 3.

We have been studying the book of Genesis verse by verse and chapter by chapter, and we have been discussing the effect of Adam's sin upon the human race…the effect of Adam's sin even down to our present day and beyond our present day until the end of the Age. We reminded you that Adam was not involved in his sin alone. The scriptures plainly teach that the effect of his sin was felt by the whole human race.

We have discussed what was said to the serpent because of his part in that sin. Notice verse 14 as we review what we said last week about the serpent's part in the sin:

Genesis 3:

14And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

When God spoke to the serpent, He was actually speaking to the animal itself. He said, “Because thou hast done this thing, because thou hast been the instrument of Satan, thou art cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” We showed you from the Word of God that this did refer to the animal. The serpent is still eating dust, and in the Millennial reign of Christ, when the curse on everything else is lifted, the serpent will still be eating dust as a reminder of this thing that occurred when sin first entered the human race.

Someone may say, because it is a very logical thing to say, “Why would God blame the serpent? Why would God blame an animal? Why would God place a curse on the animal?” As we learned, it was the Devil and not the animal primarily that caused this terrible thing to happen. We might suggest by way of parallel that if a child were wounded by a knife or some other dangerous instrument, it is not improbable at all that when the father corrects the child, he would break the knife so that no more damage would be done. This is an everlasting memorial to the thing that occurred in the Garden of Eden.

We noticed in verse 15 that God spoke not only to the animal, but to Satan who occupied the animal:

Genesis 3:

15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

We pointed out to you that three things were said in this verse of Scripture. First: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman.” This is a reference to the eternal enmity that exists between the Devil and God's chosen people Israel. During the Tribulation that is yet to come upon the earth, that enmity will climax in the worst persecution any nation has ever suffered.

The second thing that was suggested in this verse was: “I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed.” The seed of the woman is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, and the seed of the Devil is the Antichrist, who is to make his appearance at a later day upon this earth. The Lord Jesus Christ and the Antichrist will pit their forces one against the other in the final great battle that is to come upon the earth, the Battle of Armageddon.

The third thing that was said in verse 15 was: “It shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.” That is, the seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent, and the serpent shall bruise the heel of the seed of the woman. This is a reference to the conflict between the Devil and the Lord Jesus Christ which climaxed in the Cross, at which time both prophecies were fulfilled. It will progress into the final Battle of Armageddon, when the Devil will be cast into the bottomless pit, and will come to a conclusion when, after the Devil is loosed for a little season, he will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

So the prophecy which began in the book of Genesis will be completed at the very end of the Age. We see here the part of the serpent and of Satan in the first act of sin.

That brings us to verse 16, the verse I want to discuss with you. Here God deals with the woman for the part she had in this introduction of sin into the human race. I want to preface what I am going to say with one or two general statements.

Jesting Condemned

First of all, I have no sympathy with lightness of treatment about the place that women have and the place that men have in God's plan and program. The Bible condemns a number of things, and one of them is jesting. Jesting is different from joking. Joking is any kind of humor you might want to inject into a conversation, and it may be helpful at times in its proper place. But jesting is taking something from the Word of God and making a joke out of it. I want to say this as kindly as I know how, but I do want to say that I believe there is entirely too much jesting in regard to the relationship of husband and wife, in regard to the relationship of man and woman, as it is taught in the Word of God.

Importance of Knowing What God's Word Says

What I am saying, I am not saying with a sense of levity. I am saying it with all the seriousness of which I am capable. Then I would like to suggest that it is absolutely beside the point what you think about it. It is what God's Word says that is important. I am going to say some things with which I do not expect all of you to agree, and as I have told you many times, that is your privilege. That is why we are able to gather together as we do here and study the Word of God. I am very anxious for you to know what I say, very anxious for you to understand what I say, but I do not insist that you agree with what I say. Whether you agree with it or not is between you and God, because what I am going to present to you is the Word of God. Your disagreement would not be with me. It would be with the Word of God. You may say, “That is not true. Everyone has his own interpretation of the Word of God. It is just a disagreement with the interpretation.” It is not a disagreement with the interpretation. It is not that I am right, and you are wrong, or that I am wrong, and you are right. It is a matter of what God's Word says. When we have settled what God's Word says, there is no room for disagreement…for me to disagree or for you to disagree.

If we compare Scripture with Scripture, we must agree about what God's Word says. Of course you can prove anything in the world by the Bible. The fact that someone says, “Well, the Bible says it,” does not necessarily mean that it is true. You want to know how it says it, why it says it, and in what relationship it says it. As you compare Scripture with Scripture, be sure the Scripture says what it says and not what you think it says.

You may wonder why I am making these extra remarks, and the reason is that whenever I teach a passage of Scripture like this, someone always comes to me afterward and says “I do not think that is the way it is.” Well, it does not make any difference what you think. Or someone comes along and says, “I do not know whether God would mean that if He knew the wife I live with, or the husband I live with.” That has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is: What does God's Word say?

I have people say to me, “Do you mean to tell me that when I have more sense than my husband has, I am supposed to do what he says? I have more sense than he does. Everyone knows that I have more sense than he does.” That has nothing to do with it. It is: What does God's Word say?

I do not argue with anyone's experience. If you tell me that you have more sense than your husband, well, maybe you have. I do not know. If you tell me that you have violated God's Word, and God has blessed you, and you have enjoyed the happiness and the prosperity of God, I am not going to argue with that. I do not know whether you have or whether you have not. All I know is what God's Word says. My stand is solely on the Word of God.

Threefold Punishment of Woman

I would like for you to listen carefully to what I am going to say, because this is a very touchy subject I am dealing with. Look at verse 16:

Genesis 3:

16Unto the woman he said [God said], I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

These words were addressed to the woman because of her part in the sin that was introduced to the human race. If you were noticing carefully as I read this verse, you saw that He dealt with the woman in a threefold way. Using the term very generally, the punishment of the woman was of a threefold nature.

First of all He said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow,” with particular reference to the conception of children. That is the meaning of the statement, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception.” He was not speaking about two different things. If you read this verse in the original Hebrew, you will find that what He was saying was, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy sorrow in reference to conception.”

The second thing He said was, “And thy desire shall be to thy husband.” The third thing He said was, “He shall rule over thee.”

What do these three things mean? In the light of the rest of the Word of God, when He said unto the woman, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow,” did He mean that women would spend all their time crying, that their lives would be full of heartaches, that they would never know a moment of happiness? Well, that seems inconsistent on the surface. Immediately we are interested in this word sorrow and want to know exactly what it does mean.

Pain In Childbearing

As we examine it in its original setting, we find that it refers to heaviness that is associated with pain. It does not mean that women will not ever have any joyful moments in their lives. It does not mean that they will never be able to sing, or that they will never be able to rejoice. It does mean that they will know an awful lot of pain during their tenure upon the earth. They will know an awful lot of suffering. Reference is made in particular to the bringing of children into this world. I have the utmost respect for any mother, for any woman who goes down into the valley of the shadow of death and brings a child into this world. We men know absolutely nothing about it. We cannot begin to comprehend it. There is no way for us to comprehend it. That is the special place of woman. God said that the pain and the heaviness related to that is related to Eve's part in the sin that brought condemnation into the world.

That that is true will become evident if you will turn with me to the Gospel of John, chapter 16. The Spirit of God is pleased to make reference in verse 20 to this very thing we are talking about:

John 16:

20Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Then he gives in illustration that is as old as Eve:

John 16:

21A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

Notice the word sorrow in this verse. It is the translation of a Greek word, the same Greek word which was used in the Septuagint version of the Bible when the book of Genesis was translated into Greek. The word sorrow in the Old Testament and the word sorrow in the New Testament are one and the same. It refers to the physical pain of childbirth. It refers to the mental anguish that is related to childbirth, and it refers to the pain that a mother carries throughout her whole life in relation to her children. I do not have Scripture for this. I have only experience, but I do not believe it can be challenged. To any statement, there are exceptions of some kind or other, but it has been my personal obeservation…and much that has been written will bear me out in this:that mothers carry an unusual burden for their children that fathers do not know anything about. Fathers are good. They are kind. They carry a burden. They have a responsibility. But God has put a special burden and sense of responsibility into the heart of the mother for her child…a special heaviness, if you please; a special sorrow all stemming from this very thing.

You may be saying, “I think that is fantastic. Why should God permit what one woman did so long ago to have anything to do with people who live in this generation?” Here is what I have been saying to you. It does not matter why He should. It does not matter whether you think it is fair. It does not matter whether you think it is just or not. It is what the Word of God actually declares.

So the first thing that God said to the woman, if you will go back to Genesis 3, was: “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy sorrow particularly in relation to conception.”

Woman's Desire For A Husband

In the latter part of verse 16, the second thing is mentioned: “Thy desire shall be to thy husband,” which means simply what it says, if you keep in mind that the word yearning is a better translation of the original Hebrew word than the word desire .

What I am saying, and I must be very careful how I say it, because we are dealing with delicate matters, is that God, according to this verse of Scripture, put in the heart of woman a restlessness and a yearning for a mate. That is what it means. Sometimes in the providence of God, He sees fit to let women live without that yearning's ever being satisfied. Sometimes when women are not yielded to God, and God does not have complete control of their lives, this yearning results in the worst kind of sin…sin so terrible that we cannot discuss it in a mixed audience. All of this stems, according to this verse of Scripture, from what happened when Eve sinned. That is all I am going to say about that.

Man To Have Authority Over Woman

The third thing you will notice in this verse: “And he shall rule over thee.” The third statement that God made to the woman was this: “Through this act of sin you have forfeited forever your independence. I hereby and now appoint man as head over the woman.” There are independent women who say, “I am not going to have any man telling me what to do.” Well, go right ahead and say it. It does not change what God wrote down in the Word. Someone comes along and says, “Why, I do not believe that. That is just what you think about it.” It is not what I think. It is what the Word of God says.

Will you turn with me, please, to I Timothy, chapter 2, verse 8, and we will see how the Apostle Paul uses this particular incident in the book of Genesis to teach a truth concerning women:

I Timothy 2:

8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Someone says, “Do you mean that a woman cannot teach the Word of God?” No, I do not mean that. That is not what it says. If you read the entire First Epistle of Timothy, you will find that it is related to conduct in the house of God…that is , conduct in the public assembly. That becomes very evident if you will look at verse 15 of chapter 3, where Paul says:

I Timothy 3:

15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

What he has to say here is related, then, to public assembly. The reason I am putting emphasis upon verse 12 is that I want you to be sure to understand it. That is why I said that no Scripture is of any private interpretation. If you read this verse of Scripture, and if you take it out of context, you could say that women do not have the right to teach. They ought to keep their mouths shut, and you have Scripture for it. But that is not what it says. It says that a woman is not permitted to teach in a public assembly where she usurps authority over man.

Place of Women In Teaching

It does not say a thing in the world about women teaching ladies' Bible classes. As a matter of fact, I Corinthians, chapter 11, says that it is all right for her to do that. It does not say a thing about women teaching children's classes. It is quite all right to do it. It is a great ministry, and God abundantly uses it. But it does say that no woman has a right to stand up in front of a mixed gathering and teach the Word of God. The very minute she does, she is usurping authority over man, and this is not permitted according to the Word of God.

You may say that you know a very fine Christian woman who does that. I could name you 25 who do it, but that does not make it right. Someone says, “I think you are all wrong about that. Why, God blesses them.” No, He does not! He does not bless them. He blesses His Word. He has promised that His Word will not return unto Him void (Isaiah 55:11), and He will bless His Word, even if it is not given out in the right way all the time, and if it is not given out by the right people. But He is going to deal with people who do not obey His Word. Even though there may be an apparent blessing when a woman stands up and teaches a mixed group of people, that woman is going to be called into account at the Judgment Seat of Christ because she openly violated the Word of God.

Someone says, “Oh, haven't you heard? There was a special problem in Paul's day. The only way Paul could handle it was to tell the women to keep quiet. It has nothing to do with our day.” Well, Beloved, if you want to excuse your disobedience to the Word of God by rationalizing in that manner, you have all the license for any sin that you will ever want. You can rationalize the Word of God completely out of existence if you want to. No problem at all. This passage of Scripture says, “I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man.” Someone says, “What difference does it make anyway? That is straining at gnats and swallowing camels. That is splitting hairs.” No, it is teaching the Word of God. Why is this so very, very important?

Reasons For Man's Authority In Teaching

Look at the next statement, in verse 13:

I Timothy 2:

13For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

That is one reason a woman should not usurp authority over a man in teaching the Word of God. Adam was first formed, then Eve. What does that mean? Turn, please, to I Corinthians, chapter 11:

I Corinthians 11:

1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

“I am glad you are doing as well as you are, but I have something to talk to you about.” That is what he is saying.

I Corinthians 11:

3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Skip down to verse 8:

I Corinthians 11:

8For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

Go back with me now to I Timothy. According to this passage in I Corinthians 11, when Paul said in I Timothy that Adam was first formed and then Eve, he is suggesting to us that the order in which God created Adam and then created Eve indicates that the woman is the counterpart of man, not the one who is to issue the orders.

The second reason he did not suffer a woman to teach is given in verse 14:

I Timothy 2:

14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

“Paul, why don't you want women to teach men? Why don't you want women to take things on themselves, to pastor churches, to teach mixed Bible classes? Paul, don't you like women? You are an old bachelor. Somebody must have broken your heart back when you were young, and you don't like women. Why do you feel that way?” Paul said, “No, that has nothing to do with it.” Back in the beginning, if woman had kept her place, sin woud not have entered the human race. But instead of woman's keeping her place, woman usurped authority. She took it upon herself to act without counsel, and she permitted herself to be deceived in the thing she did. When she fell from the place she had been given, Adam willingly stepped down to her level because he loved her that much. As part of the curse that God placed upon woman for her part in the sin that was introduced into the human race, she was never to usurp authority over man.

All I can say to you, Beloved, is this: If you are in a place where you are usurping authority over man, talk to God about it. This is what His word says. If there are extenuating circumstances so that you feel justified, that is between you and God. This is what God's Word says. My responsibility, my obligation, is to declare to you the Word of God. It is your responsibility to obey it. I believe, personally, that it is a much, much more serious thing than most people realize.

As a matter of fact, I would not be at all surprised if some of you should say, “Joe Temple is pretty level most of the time. He goes down the middle of the road most of the time. But he is sure 'hipped' on this thing about women.” I would not be at all surprised if you should say, “Well, he is not admitting this, but he does not get along with his wife. That is why he is talking like that.” A lot of things people say because they do not want to acknowledge the truth of God's Word. But this is His Word.

Subjection As Unto the Lord

What effect did Eve have upon the whole human race? Well, this is it. Women have the place of subjection that they have, whether they are occupying it or not, because of Eve's sin.

Turn, please, to Ephesians, chapter 5. I never like to put a bad taste in anybody's mouth without giving something a little sweet to wash it down with. You know, when you have to take bitter medicine, a little orange juice helps. A little candy eases the way a little. Notice verse 22:

Ephesians 5:

22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Will you let that sink in. Women, listen to me. If you have a husband who is pretty miserable, pretty mean, pretty unlovely, and you want to take your place in the home that God intended you to take, and it is a little bit hard to do, get on your knees in the closet and say, “Lord, I am going to take the place that I ought to take as the wife in the home. I am going to do it for You. You know all about my husband, how mean he is. You know how unlovely he is. You know how hard he is to live with. But, Lord, I am going to do it as unto the Lord.” I think you will find with regard to this, as in regard to a great many things, that when you do things that are difficult and unpleasant as unto the Lord, they become easier to do. They are not quite as hard if you do them as unto the Lord.

Look at verse 23:

Ephesians 5:

23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27That 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.
28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Husbands, listen to this word of exhortation. It might be pretty easy for husbands to go around talking about wives not doing what they ought to do, but do husbands? Maybe wives would be more inclined to take the place that God intended them to take if their husbands did what God wanted them to do. I never read this passage of Scripture without searching my own heart. I never read this passage of Scripture without wondering how far short I fall.

Responsibility of Husbands

Listen to what Paul says in verse 25 about the responsibility of husbands:

Ephesians 5:

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Do you love your wife that much? That is beyond the silly, romantic kind of love. That is a love that makes you willing to die for your wife. Do you love her that much? I wonder.

I deal with many people with marital problems. Again and again the husband will say to me, “I loved my wife once. She killed all the love I ever had for her.” Sometimes I say…I do not always say it, because it is not always appropriate…but sometimes I say, “You are a little mixed up. Talk about something being killed, you ought to have been willing to be killed for her, for that is what the Bible says. Were you willing to die for love of your wife?”

Notice what Paul says in verse 28:

Ephesians 5:

28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies…

He goes on and amplifies that a little bit in verse 29:

Ephesians 5:

29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh;…

Men, we take pretty good care of ourselves, don't we? Someone has said that man is a selfish brute. I think that is right. We take pretty good care of ourselves. In this passage of Scripture, it says that if you love your wife as you love your own body, you will be doing what God wants you to do. Oh, yes, we talk about how important it is for woman to keep her place and be in subjection to the man, and you feel kind of good about it. But the same God who said that said that men were to love their wives as Christ loved the church. The same Bible that said that, said men should love their wives as men love their own bodies, and they should care for their wives as they care for their own bodies.

Paul goes on to emphasize what he means: “but nourisheth…” Some husbands say, “I make good money. I let her buy anything she wants to buy, and I feed her good. What are you talking about?” You know, there are a lot of well-fed and well-clothed women who are starving to death, not physically, but mentally and spiritually, because the husband never thinks of nourishment.

He says, “Nourisheth and cherisheth.” This word cherish is a rather peculiar word. It is deeper than love, more concrete than respect. It involves the idea of a sacred treasure. This is not a matter of what men should do if they feel like doing it. It is a matter of what men should do because God says it is what they ought to do. It is part of His Word.

I think most of you women would agree that it would not be too difficult to take the place that God gave you in the home in subjection to your husband if he were this kind of husband. So maybe the responsibility lies with us, men. Maybe we are the ones who are at fault.

Results of Proper Marital Relationship

You say, “Why are you taking all this time to talk to us about how we are living at home? It really does not make any difference, spiritually, does it?” It does.

I want to give you two passages of Scripture that are more important than anything else I have said to you. I believe that your spiritual life can be enhanced or retarded by this thing we are talking about. Will you turn, please, to the First Epistle of Peter, chapter 3:

I Peter 3:

1Likewise, 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;
2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

You recognize two very important reasons in this paragraph why it is right for the wife to take the place that God ordained she should take, and for the husband to take the place that God ordained he should take.

One of them is related to the salvation of the human soul. Nothing can be more important than that. It is related to the spiritual growth of a human soul. Nothing can be more important than that. Look at verse l:

I Peter 3:

1Likewise, 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;

Here is a husband who does not obey the Word of God. Maybe he is not a Christian. Maybe it is in that sense that he is disobedient to the Word of God. Maybe he is a Christian who is out of fellowship with God, and in that sense he is not obedient to the Word of God. There he is. God says that if you take the place that God told you to take, because that is what this paragraph is about, that husband of yours will be won without a word. He will be won while he beholds your conversation. The word translated conversation here means manner of life, the way you live.

There is a difference of opinion among Bible scholars as to what is meant by the phrase without the Word. . I do not think it makes a great deal of difference, because I think both things are true. “If any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives.” Some folk interpret this verse to mean that they will be won without your ever preaching them a sermon. You do not have to nag at them all the time. They will be won as they observe your life. That certainly could be true.

Another interpretation, and I think it is true, is that they will be won without hearing a sermon. That is, without the Word. They do not have to go to church all the time to be won to Christ. They can be won as they observe your obedience to God in the home. You see why it is so important to take the place that God has given you? Tremendously so.

Wrong Relationship Hinders Prayer

The second thing that is suggested is in verse 7:

I Peter 3:

7Likewise, ye husbands, [You see, God has placed the responsibility there.] dwell with them [with your wives] according to knowledge,…

I do not think that means only knowledge of the problems of women, though certainly it could include that. I think it means according to the knowledge of the Word of God, the place that God gave you as a husband.

I Peter 3:

7…dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,…

There are a lot of jokes about that. It is wrong to joke about that verse of Scripture. To talk about who is the weaker vessel is jesting, and that is condemned in the Word of God.

I Peter 3:

7…as being heirs together of the grace of life;…

I love that phrase: “Heirs together of the grace of life.” That is the way it ought to be: heirs together of the grace of life. What difference does it make? Well, here is the last statement that tells you what the diifference is:

I Peter 3:

7…that your prayers be not hindered.

I believe that there are many godly parents who are not receiving answers to their prayers, and they do not know why. Their prayers are hindered, and they do not know why. They search their hearts, and they say, “I am not doing this, and I am not doing that.” That is all true, but they never once think that their prayers are hindered because their relationship as husband and wife is not right. There are parents who train up their children in the way they should go. They make every effort to train them right. They make every effort to train them in the Word of God. They make every effort to be sure that their footsteps are guided in the right pathway, and that is commendable. They pray that God will keep their children for Himself, and it does not happen. What is wrong?

I am not going to say this is wrong every time, but I do know that in some instances…I know on the authority of the Word of God that it can be true…that though they have gone to all those efforts, the relationship of the husband and wife is not right, and their prayers are hindered.

Do you see why it is so important? Who would have thought that Eve's sin and disobedience would have had such far reaching effects?


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