Eve: The First Mother
(Genesis 1:27; 2:22; 3:20) – PART 1
Genesis 1:27, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 2:22, And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 3:20, And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Eve, the first woman and mother had a lot on her shoulders. In fact, she was a wife and mother with no example to follow. Eve, whose name means “the mother of all living,” was the only woman ever to become a mother without first having had a mother of her own. In fact, she had no sisters, aunts, grandmothers, or girlfriends to turn to for advice. In short, she had no role models and no one with whom to compare notes.
It all started out so beautifully. How perfect Adam and Eve must have been, not only mentally, emotionally and spiritually, but physically as well. God described the two humans made in His image as “very good.” Before the Fall, communion between God and those made in His image was as natural as breathing. They were also comfortable and unashamed in God’s presence. Then it happened. Eve was deceived (Genesis 3:1-6; II Corinthians 11:3), while Adam knew more clearly what he was doing (I Timothy 2:14), and so he is named in Scripture as the one who brought sin into the world.
Can you imagine how Eve must have felt when the consequences of her disobedience began to surface (Genesis 3:7, 10)? Can you imagine an unhappier scene? These two previously perfect human beings—in perfect relationship with God and with each other, living in perfect surroundings—were now hiding in shame and fear from their Creator. Intimate relationship with God had been broken and their relationship with each other damaged, as we see when God asked Adam if he had eaten from the forbidden tree.
According to Genesis 3:12-13, we see that Adam blamed not only Eve for his sin, but God as well! At least Eve was honest enough when she was confronted to admit to God, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:13). Try to picture for a moment what Eve must have been experiencing at that instant. First, her once-perfect relationship with God had been broken, and now her beloved husband had turned on her in an attempt to save himself. Could their love survive such an onslaught? Could she ever trust or respect him again? Amazingly, it is at this point that Adam named his wife Eve, “because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).”
There’s no question that Adam and Eve had some serious forgiving to do. They had both failed—and failed each other. Worse than that, they had failed God. And they had even blamed each other—and God—for their failures. But thank God that in providing a covering for their sins and wrongs, He provided the example of forgiving others.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, that You are my Father. Thank You that You love me and want what’s best for me and for my family. I pray that godly mothers would continue to fear You and serve You. They would keep their eyes and heart focused on You. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
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