"When the women hear it, they'll start treating their husbands with contempt. The day the wives of the Persian and Mede officials get wind of the queen's insolence, they'll be out of control. Is that what we want, a country of angry women who don't know their place?" Esther 1:18 (MSG)
I had a World History teacher who taught specificaly about the status of women in each of our units. From ancient Egypt, through the Greco-Roman era, and through the middle ages, we learned what women experienced in their daily lives within the culture. It was a sobering lesson for me to learn. Women have been treated with such contempt by men throughout history. I've watched as men in my own culture have twisted the scriptures to justify their misogynistic actions and attitudes.
The battle of the sexes is rooted in the Garden of Eden, where God made it clear that the tension between men and women would be a consequence of Adam and Eve's disobedience. Jesus not only frees us from our sin, he came to offer freedom from our sin tainted thoughts and beliefs. No longer do we need to live in a paradigm of power and lordship, but in the spirit of mutual submission and active love modeled by Jesus himself.