The Mother of All
Eve, the woman formed from the side of man, Adam-man. The woman who was created IN the Garden of Eden amidst the beauty, peace, and serenity of a well-tended place. Her very name means “life giver.”
The first female who has gotten ridiculed since the beginning of time. Eve has been the slam of many a preacher who has accused her of biting the forbidden fruit and bringing sin into the world.
Eve, whose offspring cannot be numbered.
The Mother of ALL people
Today, I want to set the record straight about a few things. Ready?
- So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1.27
- Adam was made from the dust of the ground outside of Eden. Genesis 2.7
- God placed Adam in the Garden. Genesis 2.8
- God told Adam he could eat freely of all the trees EXCEPT one. Genesis 2.16-17
- After God told Adam to name ALL the animals in the garden, then the declaration was made, “but for Adam there was not found a help comparable to him.” Genesis 2.20
- Eve was created from one of Adam’s bones, within the Garden, and God breathed breath into her lungs. Genesis 2.21-23
It is imperative we remember that God created every living thing – even snakes! We do know, from the Word, that Satan used the serpent as a vehicle to get to the woman. Why a snake? I have no idea. Although, every time I see one I rebuke it in the name of Jesus!
And he [the serpent] said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ ” Genesis 3.1
To that question, Eve told him that God had given them permission to eat from any tree in the Garden except one – the one tree that was planted in the middle of the garden. She also told the serpent that God told them if they ate of it they would surely die. Genesis 3.1-3
I don’t think snakes laugh but I can only imagine the devil rolling his serpent eyes and chuckling when he said to Eve, “You will not surely die. God knows that if you eat of it you will become like Him, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3.4-5
The bite of death
And, here’s where it gets all tangled up. Eve looked at that tree, which was planted in the middle of the Garden and she could see it was lush with fruit. A tree that was beautiful in every way. The reach of its branches; the green of its leaves; and, fruit that was colorful and luscious, and the one thought she could not shake? The fruit of this tree would make her wise, full of understanding and highly intelligent.
O! Eve, no!
She took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband WITH HER, and he ate. Genesis 3.6
Their eyes were opened
Now, don’t think they were walking around like newborn kittens with their eyes closed – because their vision was just fine! Yes, suddenly their eyes opened to the embarrassment of their nakedness and of all things they made clothes out of leaves.
Where are you?
Adam and Eve are now dressed in fig leaf couture and alas they hear the LORD God walking in the Garden – and, what do they do? They hide in the bushes. Like they can really camouflage themselves from the Sovereign God who breathed breath into them…
Adam, where are you?
The question was for Adam and God wasn’t questioning their location but their position. As in, “What have you done?”
Adam went into the whole thing about being afraid when he heard God’s voice and then he told Him he hid because he was naked. God asked him WHO told him he was naked. Then, the question that changed everything,
Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat? Genesis 3.11
Don’t say it Adam
But he did. “You know the woman You gave to be with me? She gave me the fruit of the tree and I ate.”
And the LORD God said to Eve, “What is this you have done?”
I like Eve, she owned up to her mistake – “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”
God declared war on Satan
God said to Eve
God said to Adam
God shows them His grace
The LORD God made tunics of animal skins and clothed them. Genesis 3.20-21
God sends them out of The Garden of Eden
The LORD Himself escorted Adam and Eve out of the beautiful Garden. And, as they departed He appointed Cherubim to stand east of the Garden and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life. No one was going back in.
Eve has children
Out of the Garden and into a life of work and labor. Adam’s job was to till the wild ground from whence he was taken. Eve had to leave the orderliness and beauty of the Garden where she was given life to begin having children. She also experienced great sorrow when her first-born son Cain killed Abel and then watched Cain be driven out of their land. After this she gave birth to a son, Seth, and in Seth comes the seed of Messiah.
It is the divine grace of God, which used the same woman, Eve, the very first person who wore the scars of sin to be instrumental in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
The testimony of Eve
No matter the sin of our past God’s love is deeper and His grace wider.
What can we learn from Eve?
- Marital relationships can be hard and it’s never wrong to do right.
- To own up to our shortcomings and our wrong’s. Eve did say ‘the serpent deceived me but I ate.’
- As parents we learn to forgive and administer grace in the same measure we’ve been given grace.
- We must learn to forgive ourselves when we fail, or sin, or just plain mess up – I hope Eve did, I want to think she did.
- The greatest lesson to learn is that there is nothing that God’s grace and Jesus’ atonement will not cover.
Eve, life-giver and the Mother of all people except Adam.
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