What comes to mind when we think about Eve? “She ate the “Apple”” seems totop the list. “She was tempted by a snake”. “She came out of a man’s rib”. “She caused all the problems in the world”… And so forth. While some of these claims have some credibility, most times they are just weird.
Today, I am sharing from the first few chapters of the Bible as we discuss the life of this Phenomenal Woman.
God created Heaven and Earth and everything therein, and ultimately created Man – Adam and put him in the Garden named Eden to work in the Garden. God also gave him an instruction regarding 2 trees located in the centre of the garden – one is the Tree of life and the other is the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Eve: An Afterthought
The first time we met this woman in the Bible was apparently in Genesis 2:18-23. (Long text alert).
18. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19. So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. 21. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” Genesis 2:18-23
From the text, at face value, the creation of Eve was an afterthought… They couldn’t find a helper who was suitable or just right for him. So they had to make an emergency plan to create a female…
However this was not the case. And this can be easily proven in the Bible.
Genesis 1:27-27: “So God created human beings (i.e. Mankind) in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply…” (mankind and emphasis mine)
God created Adam only in Genesis 1. But He called Adam Mankind, and addressed him as “them”. The Plurality of that verse suggests that God was not planning for Adam to be alone. And the command for fruitfulness and multiplication was part of the plan.
Adam was alone, and one day, he met the Woman. It would be strange to meet someone literallyout of the blues and be cool with her. But when Adam met her, he apparently had been “expecting her”. He knew exactly how she came about, that it was a Stem Cell from his flat bone that was used to “create her” – a technology we are still trying to master today. And when he say her, he used the word “At last, you are here”. Like, finally… Welcome.
And of course, in Genesis 5:1-2, God called human being, both male and female, ADAM. So Adam was generic for Mankind, and not for the male gender.
(By the way, I read that the Hebrew word for Human is Ha’Adam. Man is “Ish”, And Woman “Ishshah”.)
In short, Eve was part of the plan, from the word go.
Eve: The Woman Deceived
In Genesis chapter 3, we strange convo, with the woman talking to a snake. Whether it was a literal Snake, or a slithery personality, I’mnot sure. But we know the “Snake” managed to sweet talk and convince her – To eat from one of the 2 Trees in the center of the Garden which was actually the forbidden tree.
Ok. Guys, it was NOT AN APPLE!
It was the Tree of KNOWLEDGE!!! And the fruit was called “knowledge of good and evil”. That was what Eve ate, and she shared it with the man next to her.
“The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.” Genesis 3:6
They both sinned against God by that Act of theirs. And they were both chased out of the beautiful Garden of Eden.
Not for any reason, other than so they will not eat from the tree next to Tree of KNOWLEDGE- i.e. the Tree of LIFE and live forever in their fallen state.
Eve: The Woman Loved
There was an interrogation just because they were chased from their home in the Garden.
Adam unapologetically blamed the Woman for the mishap. He didn’t forget to blame God for bringing the Woman into his life.
Eve in turn shifted the blame on the Snake.
The Snake got the full wrath of God and was immediately sentenced. “His head will be crushed by the Seed of the Woman – i.e. Jesus Christ.
And the couple lost so much – their Garden home and all the privileges, and their FELLOWSHIP with God.
But despite the rough times, Adam did not leave his wife. In their darkest period, he stayed committed to her.
At that point, he gave his wife a NAME. She’s no longer Woman, but now EVE.
Genesis 3:20.21 “Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.”
Eve: The Woman, the Wife, the Mother
Why is the Woman changing names? Does it have any significance? I believe so.
As WOMAN: She was taken from Man.
AS WIFE: She was a woman given to the man by God as wife.
As EVE: Adam could see her potential – she was not just a woman, not just a wife, but she was carrying LIFE. She is a MOTHER now, and she is producing life and giving life to people.
Eve: Her Sorrow and Her Joy.
I believe part of her joys was having her three recorded adult children, Cain, Abel and Seth.
Her sorrows definitely included her first son being a murderer and her second son being the victim of the heinous crime.
At age 130, she and Adam had Seth and left a Godly legacy for their children…
Eve and he Apostle Paul
Apostle Paul in the New Testament seemed to have issues with Eve. In his letters to the Corinthian Christians and to Timothy / his churches at Ephesus, Paul had mentioned Eve, but not as a Heroine. More like a villain actually
Eve and The Woman Today
The Story of Eve tells us today that mistakes do happen, but beyond that, GRACE does abounds. What matters is for us to get up and not be bound by our past mistakes.
Eve did raise God fearing children… And if she lived as long as her Husband Adam, they were both alive until the time of Methuselah. Enoch was Methuselah’s dad. At age 65, God took him because he walked with the Lord.
Eve wore many caps. She was Woman, Wife, Mother and Life Giver. Today’s women can borrow a cue from her, explore their strength, wear many caps and make a difference.