The act of women inheriting the throne of Judah when the king had no male heirs was unlawful. The Bible indicates – by example – that it was God’s plan for a patriarchal system where the men were the kings, priests and leaders. Paul grounds his teaching directly to the creation of all things, stating that men and women were created equal but have different roles. Paul gives his first reason for it “For Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12).
Then, Paul in verses (14) gives his second reason for the submissiveness of women “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” Why Eve could be deceived by Satan, in the full light of God’s explicit command, is beyond rational explanation. Because of this tragic event, Paul sees added reason for counseling converted women not to attempt “to usurp authority over the man.”
“But I would have you to 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” (1 Cor. 11:3). The Apostle Paul teaches that God has decreed that the order of authority be as follows: God-Christ-Man-Woman. Paul, as in 1 Timothy 2, says, “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (1 Cor. 11:8-9).
God gave an important role for women in His work. Women played a prominent role in the ministry of Jesus and the ministry to Jesus (Matthew 28:1–10; Luke 8:3; 23:49; John 11:1–46; 12:1–8). And no spiritual gifts are limited to men alone (1 Corinthians 12:27–31; Romans 12:3–8; 1 Peter 4:8–11). And women were commanded to edify the body of Christ, which included teaching (Titus 2:4) and prophecy (Acts 2:17, 18; 21:9; 1 Corinthians 11:5). But, God did not intend that men and women to function in the same capacity.
Women should not assume the office of a king, priest, pastor or elder within the body of Christ because doing so would place them in a leadership role over men. Amram and Jochebed had three children—Miriam, Aaron, and Moses (Exodus 7:1; 5:20). All three were prophets, but only the men served as priests and leaders. Jesus had a number of disciples, men and women; but among the apostles, He only chose men.
In His service,