“The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me some of the fruit of the tree, and I ate.' ” (Genesis 3:12)
The woman saw that the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden was desirable, and took some for herself, and gave it to her husband also. When they were questioned by God, Adam blamed God. He said it was the woman that God gave to him that caused him to sin.
Adam did not take the dominion as he was granted by God. Adam was present with Eve when she took the fruit (v6), and he allowed her to do so, while also participating with her in sin. The nature of the original sin still exists today. When a man does not walk in his mantle of spiritual authority, the woman will seek to take that mantle for herself in an attempt to use her own strength to make things right. She becomes Eve all over again. How often do we then see men turn around and blame their wives? Or how often do we blame the Lord for giving us the "wrong spouse"? It is up to the spiritual head of the family to create the environment for their wives and their children to flourish. It is not the mantle of the woman to lead the family spiritually. A husband and father must tend to his own growth so that he is able to wield this mantle in the manner designed by God.
Lord Jesus, allow me to grow as a husband and a father so that I can properly wield the mantle that you have given me. Give me the strength and wisdom to walk in the calling that you have given me. In Jesus' name, amen.