Women of the Bible Series - Eve (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.
We see that Adam and Eve believed the promise that God had given them (Genesis 3:15). The name that Adam gave his wife reflected the faith that he had in God's promise and the new hope they now had. God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply and before they fell they would have been very eager to carry out God's command. They would have had no physical limitations in their original state.
The Price of Sin: There had to be the death of an innocent animal to provide those coats of skin that they were offered. This was for their spiritual need and they had to accept what God offered by faith. This would be an illustration of what the coming Messiah would do for mankind in the future. There manmade works of fig leaves were not acceptable before God, but his sacrifice for them was. Until people come to Jesus by faith they are living in rebellion against God in their life and have no hope (II Corinthians 5:21; I John 1:7). Without the blood of Jesus being shed we would have no hope.
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).”
The Passion of the Saviour: Jesus showed His great love for us and He willingly laid down His life for us (John 10:17-18). Jesus loves us greatly and He specifically came to this earth to be the Saviour that we needed to be reconciled back to Him. 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.
Both Adam and Eve lost their relationship with God and the earth began to become corrupt as a result. What is so troubling today is that I see so many people making vain strides trying to restore the Earth. Imagine Adam and Even attempting to restore the Garden of Eden in hopes of giving the Garden a complete makeover to mask their own sin. This is the same approach so many people make today while totally ignoring any need for God. The emptiness that man has in his soul is directly connected to the loss of relationship to his Creator. Only in learning of the folly of trying to reestablish Eden will he be able to accept the submission to the Lord that can fill that emptiness. The curse is there to point and lead sinners to the only one capable of solving the problem their sin created. Like Adam and Eve, so it is with sinners, the greatest need is to restore that relationship. We see that manmade remedies for sin never work and God's plan is the only one that can cleanse us from sin (Genesis 3:21). The plan of mankind is to cover sin, but the plan of God is to cleanse sin.
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. That they would keep their eyes and heart focused on You. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
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