16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you will eat the plants of the field;
19 by the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

In 1992, the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was published. The idea of this book and this phrase, which has become a common saying, is that men and women operate differently at a fundamental level. This book, along with many others, seeks to give counsel to bridge the gap in common disagreements that occur between men and women in relationships.

In Genesis 1, we saw that God created man and woman both in His image and likeness but also distinct from one another. In Genesis 3, the first man and woman rejected the truth about God, believing the lie that God was withholding something from them and they could find fulfillment apart from Him.

In response to their sin, we see God’s response to the man and woman individually and the distinct consequences that each of them would experience as a result of their sin. The woman would now experience pain in childbirth and tension in the relationship with her husband. The man would no longer experience complete fruitfulness in working the ground. Instead, his work would be toilsome and not always productive. God provided everything the man and woman needed, but because of their rebellion against Him, the perfect world they had known would experience brokenness.

The brokenness of relationships, both in marriages and otherwise, can all be tied back to sin. However, the man and woman were not left without hope, nor are we. In Genesis 3:15, God promised the offspring of the woman would defeat the serpent that had deceived the man and woman. This was speaking of Jesus, who would come into the world as God in the form of man to defeat sin, Satan, and death forever on behalf of His people. Because of Jesus, we can take heart that relationships and the earth will one day be restored.

• How have you experienced the results of sin as described in this passage?

• How does the coming of Jesus give us hope of restored relationships in part now and perfectly at His second coming?

• Pray and confess before the Lord the ways you have added to the brokenness of the world through your sin. Thank Him for sending Jesus to defeat sin, death, and Satan forever.