EVE - Part 1
“Mother of All Living”
Eve came into the world perfectly at peace with herself, her husband and God. She was created and placed into a beautiful paradise and enjoyed all the pleasures one could imagine. She didn’t know hurt, bitterness, or grief until she listened to the enemy who lied to her and then she began to take her life into her own hands and doubt God. She was meant to live a life in complete connection and relationship with God, never having to experience sin or sorrow.
Eve created by God as a Helper to Adam
God created Eve, whose name means, “life,” as a helper for Adam. Fashioned from one of Adam’s ribs, she became the mother (female ancestor) of all human beings.
She was the first to taste the sweetness of Paradise along with her husband. She knew what it was like to live in Paradise and all the beauty it holds. We try to grasp that sense of Paradise when we go on a tropical vacation sitting on the beach, staring out across the ocean while connecting with God. We get to have a little taste of it ourselves through our imaginations. But I don’t believe it’s just “imagined in our minds.” God has placed eternity in our hearts so that we can long for what was meant to be because some day, Jesus will return for us and give us the new Eden He has been preparing for us, only made possible through the birth, death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Can you imagine being the very first woman on the earth? Opening your eyes to the beauty and voice of God all around you? Even the mere thought of this fills our hearts with joyfulness of what she was thinking at the time! She walked together, hand-in-hand with her husband, naked through the garden; no shame, no fear and no doubts of who she was or why she was here.
Eve is deceived by Satan and disobeyed God
Then one day, the crafty serpent arrived in the garden and spoke to Eve saying,
“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
When Eve took one look at the fruit and saw how desirable it truly was, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate.
I’m not sure how long Eve lived in the Garden before the fall, but I’m guessing it wasn’t long. Once she disobeyed God and chose to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of paradise and connection with God was lost.
Sin entered the Garden
Eve desired to be like God and with the serpent right there beside her, prompting and deceiving her to eat of the fruit, her desires overtook her. Once she ate, all darkness filled the Garden as her and Adam hid themselves from God in shame. Sin had entered their hearts and God banished them from Eden, pronouncing judgement first on the sneaky serpent who tempted them, then on Adam and Eve.
Eve suffered painful consequences
God said to Eve,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
The curse of death fell suddenly on the new world. Eve’s firstborn, Cain, became a murderer and killed his brother, Abel.
We see the first woman enter the world filled with joy and beauty turned to anguish, Her skin will no longer stay soft and young, as she will grow old with wrinkled skin, stretch marks and sun damage will cover her body. She bears the pain of childbirth without the use of medications we have today. I have experienced Eve’s pain firsthand myself with the births of my first two daughters, as I’m sure a lot of you have as well. But through the pain, panting and mess of childbirth, God has brought forth a bond of love between a mother and child that only a Creator of life can perform.
Adam and Eve driven from the Garden
Adam and Eve were driven from the paradise of Eden and began to experience great hardship. For Eve, that included pain in childbearing. Yet, as promised in Genesis 3:15, one of her offspring would defeat the serpent and bring salvation and eternal life to all who put their trust in Him.
Adam and Eve receive God’s Grace
God knows we are sinful human beings, yet He is a loving and merciful God who forgives and covers us with His grace. When Adam and Eve had sinned by eating the fruit from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were shamed and God covered them.
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
I love how Eve’s story speaks directly to marriages and the relationship between a man and a woman and God’s purpose for marriage.
Eve came from man’s ribs, not his feet, for she was not to be walked over, nor his head, because she was not meant to boss him around. She came from the bones closest to his heart. This speaks volumes of the relationship that exists between a man and a woman in marriage.
We can learn a lot about the “Mother of all living.” The way life was meant to be, how we live today, and the way it will be when Jesus returns. Eve knew what she had done and even though Adam was to rule over his wife, he joined her in eating the apple. As you can see, we can easily be deceived by Satan. We must discern our thoughts always in alignment with God and His will.
If you’re following me along in this book, make sure to read the rest of the weeks devotional on Eve and I’ll be back for Part 2 to finish up.