25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
The oldest living male was the core and head of the family. Has the authority and responsibility to:
- Protect, defend, discipline, and provide for the family, including servants and livestock.
- If a woman were to “lose” the men in her life (father, husband, son) she would lose her place in society.
All goods and inheritance tracks through male lines & genealogies.
- The first-born son becomes the patriarch of the family, which is why his inheritance is double the portion of his brothers…WHY?
- Because HE is expected to be the “Kinsmen Redeemer.”
To deliver or free from some sort of misstep, debt, or bondage.