Genesis 1-3 provide the backdrop for the bigger picture of the Bible, and of life. In it we see that God created everything. We see that humans were made in his image. We see that man wasn’t ‘complete’ on his own and so God took out one of the man’s ribs and created woman, and apparently, man burst out into poetry randomly. I occasionally think he may have rapped. But maybe that’s wishful thinking.
Anyways, we don’t see any indication that either the man or the woman is inferior or superior. We see that the woman contributes something the man didn’t have, but we also see that the woman is intrinsically linked to the man. There is a mutual reliance upon each other for us to reach full potential under God. The blueprint we see in creation is not one of dominance of one gender, but rather, dependent creations submitting to the Creator God. That is the picture of submission that we see.
Neither gender is inferior. Perhaps using Genesis 1-2 to come up with a model for ministry is like trying to fit a square into a circle. It doesn’t work, and if you manage it, you’ve probably bent the square all out of shape anyways. There are implications, but I’m of the opinion that they’re similar to my previous post about us all being in this together.
Thoughts from those smarter than I are totally welcome.