Myles Munroe’s Life Changing lessons on Relationships
Dominion Versus Domination
Both males and females were create in God’s image. The basis of their equality before God is that man, the spirit, resides within both of them. As physical beings they were created of the same essence. But differently because each has been designed with specific purposes to fulfill. The different ways in which their dominion assignment is carried out does not affect their equality; it only reflects their distinct purposes, designs, and needs.
The male was created to exercise dominion over the earth through his priority, position, and assignment. The female was created to help the male fulfill God’s dominion purposes for mankind in both the earthly and spiritual realms. It is God’s intention that, together, their individual strengths would combine to produce exponential results outcomes much greater than either could accomplish alone. The woman adds to the man’s power in living and working, so that the sum is far greater than its parts.
If males and females were created with perfectly complementary designs, why do men and women experience conflict and competition rather than cooperation? Why does the purpose of dominion over the earth seem more like a quest for domination of one sex over the other?
The third chapter of Genesis explain the source of the conflict. Sometime after God had instructed Adam that he could eat from any tree in the Garden except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and Adam had passed this information along to Eve, the devil, in the form of a serpent, tempted Eve to eat from the tree.
God’s Purpose For The Male
Many men are still wondering why they exist. Yet the Creator of man did not leave us guessing about who the male is supposed to be and what he is designed to do.
What we will be looking at is the male’s ideal purpose. This is not where we are right now. Yet God’s ideal is what we should be moving toward; and by his grace, we will.
The Creation of The Male-Man
We first need to remember that God creates according to the requirements of His purposes. i would like to point out here that since the spirit-man dwells in both male and female, we may refer to the male as a “male-man” and to the female as a “female-man.” This will remind us that men and women are both “man.” The distinctions between men and women are physical and functional, rather than of their essence.
The purpose of man the spirit and the purpose of the male are two different things, although they are related. Male was made to serve the needs of man on earth and to enable him to fulfill his purpose.
Genesis 2 gives us a more detailed explanation of the “formed the male: “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7). The male was made first, and there was an interlude of time before the female was made. There is much we can learn about God’s purpose for the male by what the male saw, heard, and learned during this interlude.
Remember that the purpose of something determines its nature, its design, and its features. This means that the nature, design, and qualities of males were decided upon by God and created by him according to what he determined was best for the sake of his purposes.