Deception. The woman was deceived. These verses take us back to Genesis and Adam and Eve in the garden. Eve was deceived and made a terrible decision that has consequences throughout the generations. Read 1 Timothy 2:12-15.
But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
1 TIMOTHY 2:12-15 NASB
Eve made a choice in the garden and unfortunately it was to go against what God had commanded. However, it’s important to note that she was deceived. The fact that satan was able to trick her into believing something that was not true is why Paul as reminding the people to ensure that the man has the leadership role.
But, if you go back and look at that story in Genesis, we see that Eve was deceived, yes, but Adam also sinned. Adam wasn’t deceived, he just made a choice to sin. Knowing the things that he should have done, why he should have done them, and recognizing the command from God, Adam simply chose to go against God.
There is responsibility for both men and women when it comes to authority and making choices. For women, we are to also check with the men in our life as a way to double check what we believe against the truth of God’s word so that we are not deceived going forward. That as the reason for the extra check in authority.
Will we be checking what we think to be true against what is actually true in God’s word? God’s word is to be our sole authority. And if we are married, are husband has a responsibility to help guide us in that authority. Will we follow that today?