Flesh handicap? Being more easily swayed? Wasn't Adam as equally swayed? I can see women being the weaker sex in muscle build but not in being more easily swayed.My point here is...and frankly it might be a distinction without a difference in the context of this discussion...is that we as men should not get too far up on our spiritual high horse when it comes to women. I think the general prohibition on women being placed in positions of spiritual authority (specifically over men, not in general) is based on their flesh handicap rather than some spiritual superiority or election on our part. I believe pretty firmly that once we depart the earthly flesh, the ladies are going to be every bit our equals in every single way, no longer bound by their weaker earthly constitution. My personal belief is that no woman should be placed in a position of spiritual authority where a willing and qualified man is available for that role, because as a general rule, women are more easily swayed, and once led astray, have tremendous power to take men with them, as Adam learned the hard way. But I've seen an awful lot of men who probably should have deferred to the spiritual wisdom of some of the women around them over the years...so it really isn't that simple a matter to address.
The devil just knew it would be easier for Adam's spouse to sway him than the devil himself in that particular instance.
The devil could sway me easier than Adam so he just goes directly to me and bypasses my spouse. It could work either way really depending on the individual man. I would think I'm weaker than my wife to be swayed by the devil.