Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Eve - The Mother of All Living

That sound - oh no! It's Him! Adam - where's Adam? I now I shouldn't have done it. Why did I let that snake trick me into eating the forbidden fruit? Why did I do it? Adam ate some too, but I know that's no excuse...

Oh! He's getting closer! We need to hide... Here! Behind these trees. But no, He knows where we are. He's getting closer... He's calling out to us... Soon we'll have to tell Him what we did. Why did I allow myself to be deceived??

Eve was the very first woman created. She was made entirely perfect, and lived with her husband Adam in fellowship with God. Placed in a garden, she must have had an ideal life. She could pick any food that she wanted, and probably even played with the animals. The life of luxury, it would seem. What more could one want?

Eve was created after Adam, in order to be his helper. God knew that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18), so He provided Adam with a companion perfectly suitable for him, to help, love, and support him. The creation of woman was very unique. She was made after God could find no other suitable helper for Adam (Genesis 2:20).

God created Eve from Adam, fashioning her out of a rib taken from Adam's side. She wasn't made from his head, to rule over him, or his feet to be walked upon. Instead, she was made from his rib, his side, to support and uphold him. *edit* (Point taken from Matthew Henry) *edit* Thus, she was taken out of man, to be "bone of bone and flesh of flesh" (Genesis 2:23) and was appropriately called, "woman".

Right after God brought Eve to Adam, He established the sacredness of marriage. He said:

For This reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh - Genesis 2:24

Marriage is for life, for the one flesh is not to be pulled asunder.

Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate. - Mark 10:9

God also gave a command to the man and woman, blessing them and saying:

Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. - Genesis 1:28

Adam and Even had a very special job together. They were to be fruitful and multiply! God didn't say to them, "Well, if you want to have children, go ahead. I created you with the ability to do so, if you wish." It was mandatory for them to have children, so that they wouldn't die out! And indeed, God viewed children as a blessing, calling them a "reward" in Psalm 127:3. Thus, we see that one of the most natural and wonderful things a woman can do after she is married, is to bear children.

Eve lived in the garden for some time, enjoying God's creation and the fellowship with Him; also living in perfect harmony with everything. However, things were about to change.

Satan didn't like the humans living in harmony. So, he took the form of a snake, and began trying to deceive Eve. I don't know why Satan seemed to single Eve out to cause her to sin. Perhaps he knew that she was the "weaker vessel" (1 Peter 3:7), and that she may have been more pliable. In any case, he tempted her with the fruit that was "good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom." (Genesis 3:6a). Eve gave in to the temptation, and ate the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was there with her. (Genesis 3:6b)

Thus, their eyes were opened, and they realized what they had done. They also realized their nakedness, and made themselves clothes. Hearing God walking in the garden, they ran away, trying to hide their shame. We see that even the most perfect people, who lived with God, sinned. God didn't want robots, so we were given a free will, but we used it to turn away from Him. Because of this, every person is now born with sin.

God found Adam and Eve among the trees and had to judge them for their sin. They tried to put the blame on each other, Adam blaming Eve, and Eve blaming the serpent. But God still judged them for what they had each done. To Eve He said:

I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. - Genesis 3:16

God judged the woman, and as a result it became very painful to bear children. He also made her desire be for her husband, with him ruling over her. In this, God set up the role of men and women in relationships, saying in Ephesians 4:23:

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church.

Because of their sin, Adam and Eve had to leave the perfect garden so that they wouldn't be able to eat from the tree of life and live forever (Genesis 3:22). Thus ended the man and woman's perfect bliss with God.

The world outside of the garden was hard. Adam had to work hard toiling to get the earth to produce. And so, he lived out God's curse to him (Genesis 3:17-19). Eve became a mother, and went through the painful childbirth.

We're not told much about Eve after this, as the next story is about her two sons, Cain and Able. After the sad things that happened to her two firstborn sons, we are told that she had another son, named Seth. It's also assumed that she had many more children, living out God's command to begin to fill the earth.

We can learn from Eve to be content and to not desire things that God has told us not to do. Look at the mess Eve got into for disobeying God's command!! Eating fruit that He had told her not to eat probably seemed like such a little thing to her. Surely it wasn't big enough to get them into much trouble! But, because of their sin, mankind was forever cursed with sin, and was now in need of a Savior. They were also kicked out of their beautiful, blissful place, and all kinds of things began to go wrong.

Next time you're tempted to do just a small thing that you know you shouldn't do, remember Eve, and reconsider! It's much better to obey God, even if it's hard.

Read all about Eve in Genesis 1:26-4:25


Ella said...

I liked the point you raised about Eve being a helpmeet to Adam, and going forth and multiplying. These two truths arenot much taught in society today, not really in the typical Christian community either.

Obeying God is extremely hard!!! Yet, I pray, that we, unlike Eve, can have the ability to go against Satan, and instead win the battle. Thankfully, we have Jesus on our side, who DOES give us the strength to fight.

I wonder, do you think that if Adam and Eve hadn't sinned that no one would have? Or do you think that another generation would have been the first? I am more inclined to go with the latter.

Also, can't you just see typical America in Eve's response? Men always want to be superior to both men and even God, don't they?

Mandy Grace said...

Hi! I found your blog through Erin’s Works of the Heart. This is a great post about Eve. I’m going to add you to my sidebar. :-)

Mom Victoria said...

Dearest Anna,

Amen ! & Hallelu Yah !

God's Word is so CLEAR, plain,

SHARPER than a 2 edged Sword, pierce and divide soul & Spirit, joints and MARROW,
DISCERN thoughts & intentions in MY HEART!

Love, Mom Victoria

Anna Naomi said...

Great thoughts, Ella! I also think that had Adam and Eve not sinned, another generation would. It comes with the freedom God has given us to make our own choices. As humans, and as fallible as we are, someone would have eventually sinned.

Welcome to our blog, Mandy Grace. I'm glad you liked the post. Thanks for the link! I've browsed around your blog a few times, and have enjoyed it!

Thanks mom! =)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I liked how you said that instead of using the head or foot, God used Adam's support -- his rib. Good post. I am looking forward to the others in this series!

Anna Naomi said...

That was a good point, Elizabeth, but I must confess, it didn't originate with me. I heard someone else use it in a talk a while back, but I don't remember who it was.

I too am looking forward to the coming up posts. I've learned a lot just by writing this one!

John Dekker said...

It was Matthew Henry:

The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam - not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.

lioness_for_Him said...

How strange that you should post this now, and that I should find it now! My small group at church is doing a study on different women in the Bible, and we're doing Eve next. And I'm reading Paradise Lost at the moment.

I am convinced that the original sin was not only pride and disobedience, but it was a case of Adam and Eve switching roles. Eve became dominating and overbearing, which was not the way it was intended. Adam became passive (he stood right there and let his wife eat the fruit!) and silent, which was not the way it was intended.

Even today, our society is trying to convince women that they need to be more agressive and in control, and men that they need to let the women be in charge over them. True, this is in and of itself disobedience to God (for that's the root of all sin).

And the role of motherhood no longer is held in such high esteem. Most women feel that their lives and their worth has come to a grinding halt. How untrue that is! Motherhood is much more important than certain people would have us believe.

I often think that Eve knew exactly what she was doing when she took the fruit. She knew that she wanted power. Her sin began in her heart even before she ate. Her curiosity and obdurateness was so great that she didn't even consider the consequences.

Excellent post, Anna! God bless.

Anna Naomi said...

Thank you for pointing that out, John Dekker. I've edited the post to include that. I don't think I heard it quoted from Matthew Henry, I'm pretty sure it was some teacher somewhere, I just don't remember.

Great points, Rebekah! I'm learning a lot from hearing all of your responses. It would seem that the disobedience did result from Adam and Eve switching roles.

And you're right. Motherhood is so much more important than most would have us believe.

Sorry I can't respond more, but I must go to bed. Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

Miriam Rebekah said...

Wonderful post, Anna! I also really like the point about Eve being taken from the rib of Adam.

Elijah Lofgren said...

Good job Anna. You're a great writer!