"And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." Genesis 2:18
Adam was given supervision over the creation, but God declared that for him to live his life alone was not good. From the man's rib God created a woman and presented her as a wife to Adam, a turning point in His creative work. (Gen. 2:18-24)
Eve was the first woman on earth; first wife; first mother. Adam called her 'woman' until the curse when he then named her Eve, (Gen. 3:21) meaning, 'mother of all living'.
Eve was not an afterthought but an essential part of God's plan. Both Adam and Eve were made "in the image of God," and stood as His representatives in the world to care for all He put under their dominion. Eve became Adam's companion; his helper, the one who would share in his responsibility and fulfill God's purpose in the creation.
With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship, companionship, and marriage into the world. She was pure in heart and had no knowledge of evil, but was required to obey God. Purity and innocence were shattered when the serpent entered the garden and Eve chose to believe Satan's lie. She was free to put her will above God's will, and she did. Through her disobedience her eyes were opened to sin and the consequences it holds. By eating the fruit, both Adam and Eve immediately felt shame and guilt; two emotions they had never experienced before.
After being evicted from the beautiful garden Eve gave birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. In this new home they learned about hard work, pain and sorrow. Through the jealous and evil actions of her son Cain she became a grieving mother until God's grace once again appearing in the form of another son, Seth, who became an ancestor of the Messiah. Adam and Eve's family grew over time.
Eve stands as a model of womanhood. Although created in God's image, she exercised her will to disobey our Creator, daring to challenge His authority. Her temptation was not to disobey but ultimately to have her on way or to get what she wanted. We all bear her likeness, don't we? Eve voices an early warning to every woman to follow the path of obedience and a resounding note of hope for women when we fail; she encountered God's justice, but she also experienced His grace.
"Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous" (Rom, 5:18-19)
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for the lessons I have learned from Eve. Help me to always choose You freely and to follow and obey You out of love. May I always accept responsibility for my actions and choices never placing blame on others. Nothing is hidden from You; which gives me freedom to live life with confidence, trusting that Your grace shines over me. Thank You for Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.