God’s Establishment of Adam’s Headship

I was thinking about this the other day that Austin and I haven’t really talked about headship and Biblical roles in marriage. How awesome is it that Scott LaPierre agreed to share about this topic? I’m excited to introduce you to him.

Gods establishment of adams headship

Here’s a short excerpt from his book Marriage God’s Way.

Twice the Apostle Paul stated the headship of a husband:

  • 1 Corinthians 11:3—But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
  • Ephesians 5:23—For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

Although these verses are found in the New Testament, a husband’s headship did not have its beginning under the New Covenant. Neither does male headship have its beginning in the Old Testament under the Old Covenant. It does not even have its beginning at the Fall.

Male headship actually had its beginning at Creation itself.

This is important, because if we think headship began after the Fall, then this leadership becomes part of sin’s curse. If we understand that man’s headship began at Creation, we will see it as part of God’s natural, healthy, divine plan for husbands and wives.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and the rest of the chapter gives an overview of all six days of Creation. God created man and woman on the sixth day.

Then, in Genesis 2:7–25, God zooms in on the creation of Adam and Eve since mankind is the pinnacle of God’s Creation. We are so familiar with the account that it is easy to miss the significance of some of the details. Therefore, let’s approach this passage as though we are reading it for the first time. It is in this account that God established man’s headship.

Since God created the animals in pairs, male and female, what would we expect Him to do with the creation of humankind? We would expect Him to create the first man and woman at the same time—as a pair, male and female. But that’s not what He did, and in creating man first and woman second, God revealed a number of important details. 

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God’s First Command

After God created Adam, He placed him in the Garden of Eden to work (Genesis 2:15). Creating Adam before Eve allowed God to give His first command to Adam alone. Genesis 2:16–17 says:

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

God gave the command to Adam as he stood there alone. Managing the garden was his duty, but when Eve was eventually fashioned, he had the responsibility of passing along to her what he had learned from God. Then Eve had the responsibility of trusting her husband’s account.

God did not have to do it this way. He could have given the command to both of them after Eve was created, but in doing it this way, God established Adam’s headship in the relationship.

To check out Scott’s book, you can click the link below.

Marriage God’s Way

Marriage-Gods-Way-author-Scott-LaPierre

Thanks so much Scott for sharing! I’ll bring him on again to discuss Adam naming the animals and Eve, and the relationship this has to headship!

Family pic for bookScott LaPierre is the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church in Woodland, WA. He and his wife, Katie, have been blessed with six children they homeschool. He is also the author of Marriage God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships. You can reach Scott at scott@scottlapierre.org.
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