Eve "Life Giver"
As women we have all faced challenges in our lives. For me I have found hope through the many inspiring stories of women in the Bible. In reading their stories I have embark upon their character traits as well as their joys and sorrows. What I have learned from these remarkable women of the Bible is that through all their problems God continued to love them and His only desire for them was and is the same for you and me that we all be “saved” “delivered” and “set free.” Since “Eve” was the first woman created by God let’s take a look into her story.
“’It is not good that man should be alone I will make him a helper. So God caused man to fall into a deep sleep. He then took one of his ribs and made a woman from it. Later, Adam called her “Eve,” which means life, “living” or “life giver.” (Genesis 2 18-22).
Eve unlike you and me entered into a world of Paradise. The first thing she saw upon opening her eyes was her God and her husband Adam. Her life was already prepared for her there was no lack, she along with Adam, had complete dominion over every pleasurable thing. I could image the joy she must of felt especially upon hearing the words spoken by Adam, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:23)
Eve knew no shame her life was void of bitterness, grief, and fear. She had no knowledge of living in bondage from past hurts until the day she listened to the devil and began to doubt God. “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?... 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 2:17)
That day Eve’s life changed forgetting all that God had provided for her in the Garden of Eden, she allowed a thought to enter her mind that God was keeping something from her, and she decided to believe the devil and take a bite of the forbidden fruit. At that very moment Eve eyes where open. She looked upon her naked body and she was ashamed. “When they heard the sound of God their Creator walking in the garden, they hid. “Where are you, Adam?” God called. I heard you in the garden” Adam replied, “and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:9).
Where there was once peace and harmony in the garden, now there was fear and shame. Sin had entered their hearts, instead of trusting God, they rejected him therefore God had no other choice but to reject them. Adam and Eve where banished from the Garden of Eden along with the generations of their future children. God also pronounced judgment upon each of them including the serpent (devil). To the serpent God spoke this promise “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”(Genesis 3:15) To the woman, God 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 3:13)
Then God warned Adam that after a lifetime of hard labor, he would die and return to the dust from which God made him. The curse of death had entered the world. As time passed Eve gave birth to her first son, his name was Cain. A little while after she gave birth to her second son, his name was Abel. Because of Eve’s disobedience she had opened her life up to sorrow, the anguish she must have felt after her first born son killed her second son.
As time passed, Eve had grown older her tired body, stretched inside and out from old age. I wonder how often she dwelled on her life in paradise, the life given to her freely by God the place where she had no worries and all her needs were met. Eventually Eve was blessed with another son, his name was Seth. Even though she must have endured horrific pain during childbirth, did she realize that she was the first woman to experience the miracle of life taking place inside her? Did she recognize that God in all His mercy turned her pain into joy a remarkable bond that can only be felt between a mother and her child?
What I have learned from Eve’s story is that God even upon calling forth judgment continues to extend His grace towards us even though we don’t deserve it. Eve had sinned against God as each of us have and continue to do. Yet in his promise to the devil, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” I am convinced that each time Eve remembered Gods promise; it gave her hope in the midst of her many trials and tribulations, that one day her seed would “crush the devils head.” So no matter where you have been or the battles that are in front of you Gods grace is always at work in each of our lives. His love is unconditional. What an awesome God we serve!!
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5: 20-21)