Gen. 3:16 - “Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”
I’ve had men point to Gen. 3:16 and say, “See! It says right there that I am to rule over my wife.”
Note the change.
In the beginning, woman was created equal to man. Here, because of sin, a fall in position has taken place for the woman but note this: This fall in position is descriptive of trouble and anguish to come for one reason only. Because of man’s sinful nature, her husband will rule over his wife with selfishness rather than with gentleness and concern.
I find it interesting to note that the word “desire” in 3:16 is the same word used regarding sin in 4:7. It means to control or to possess. In reality, 3:16 means, “You will desire to control and rule your husband, but he will rule over you.”
Like Jesus’ comment, “The poor you will always have with you,” this statement in Genesis is condemning of man.
In fact, some men reading this will only now have the realisation dawn on them that they had taken this verse as license to keep their wives in a one-down position, when instead God is saying, because you are sinful to the core, this is how you will treat your wife.