Eve's Despair

Eve Deceived
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The Garden of Eden

What was Eve thinking after God found Adam and her hiding in the bushes in the Garden of Eden?

What went through her head, on that fateful day, after she learned the devastating consequences of her actions?

Though the Bible doesn't expound on Eve's thoughts we can be sure there were many emotions and fears racing through her head. She made a deliberate choice to go against God as she followed the voice of the enemy. I imagine that Eve felt confused, upset, ashamed. fearful, hopeless and devastated by her gross error in judgement and blatant disobedience to God's instructions..

I have spent some time trying to get into Eve's head. In this article I will strive to express how I think Eve felt and what she may have thought. I mean, what if I was the first woman on earth and the only woman in that beautiful garden? Would I be profoundly grateful that God had created everything, this fragrant thriving paradise, just to bless me and my husband? Would I be loyal to my creator? What if it was me that listened to the snake and deliberately went against my Father God?

I have imagined myself in her perfect world surrounded with majestic, glorious beauty. Oh how her voice must have risen in inexplicable joy and praises as she got caught up in the love God had so lavishly poured out on her husband and on her. She knew that her Father God owned it all - He created her and Adam and everything in existence.

Then comes that ghastly day. In this portion I will replace Eve with me. It will be my own imagination responding ,as I think Eve may have responded, to what actually happened.

There I am in the midst of the bountiful garden. I picture myself perfectly at peace strolling and humming praise songs when suddenly my attention is riveted to a beautiful creature - I have never seen this creature. He is shiney and his eyes draw me in. As I study him, he begins to call me over to where he sits, right there, under the forbidden tree. "Eve," he purrs, "Come here dear, beautiful girl, let me see you up close." The serpents eyes look deeply into my own, “Did God really say, you must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ” he asks. I look confused and reply, “ No, that is not what God said, He said we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, he only forbid us from eating fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, he said we must not touch it, or we will die.” The serpent hissed, “You will not die, God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

At first I am appalled, doesn't he know that God created everything, I mean God even created the serpent. I have never even questioned the authority of God but the creature raises some good and provocative questions about God. I am thinking like I've never thought before. I feel free and adventurous as I allow my thoughts to ponder the creatures accusation against God. I begin to question God. What if He is holding out on us? Why shouldn't I use my own judgement to determine if God is good or if he is withholding something wonderful from me?

The alluring serpent is persuasive and he works his magic on me. After allowing my mind to wander from the truth God established in me, I am persuaded by his charm and I find myself deliberately choosing to disobey my Father God. After I bite into the forbidden fruit, my eyes open wide, in a way I have never seen ... and now, in horror, I think .. "What have I done! How then will I ever face God?"

How hard did it hit Eve when the intimacy she freely and lovingly shared with Father God was suddenly cut off? How would you have felt or responded after making such a devastating, life altering decision; One that you knew would affect all of mankind?

Join with me as I strive to enter Eve's world and express her heart.

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Out From Under God's Blessing and Protection

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Oh dear God, what have I done? How could I have been so stupid! Why did I let myself get deceived by the manipulative tactics of the beautiful creature in the garden?

Now, I see it clearly. The creature knew exactly what he was doing with his smooth talk and persuasive words. His words were filled with malicious and deceitful lies. The serpents lies were aimed at separating me from my loving Father and pulling me out from under His blessing and protection. The pain of this separation is too much to bear.

Father God gave Adam and I only one rule - just one simple boundary. He said, “Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Everything else was ours to enjoy - absolutely everything else. That slimy serpent whittled away at my Faith until I caved and felt I must have the one thing God told me I could not have.

Well, he succeeded, that slimy serpent - oh how I hate him. Though I hate him, I hate myself all the more because it was me who allowed his lies to lead me to the worst decision ever! In a moment of naivete and vulnerability I took of the fruit.

The weight of the consequences and the rippling effect on future generations is more than I can bear, Oh my Lord my God, what have I done!

My heart is melting within me. Why did I even stop to listen to the serpents lies? My Father God had freely given me such bounty? My life was filled with so much love, color, beauty, tranquility and perfection.

I did not know there was any other way to live. I never saw or experienced discomfort, guilt, sadness, sin or any form of evil .. not until my eyes were opened. Yes, my eyes were opened to evil and sin. My eyes were opened - because of my choice - my deliberate choice to disobey the one thing God had said no to.

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Embarrassed and Ashamed

I was so embarrassed when God came looking for us in the garden. Embarrassed because of my nakedness and so ashamed by what I knew He would see. He see’s everything. He knows all and so He saw in me the ugliness of betrayal and sin.

I have utterly and completely failed the one true God and the worst thing is that I cannot undo what I have done. All humanity will suffer because of my sin and rebellion against my Father God. I am no longer innocent - I am guilty and I feel it so deeply; a pain that infiltrates my being and seeks to destroy me.

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I Am to Blame

Adam blamed me ... and that cut me to the core. He had always been so protective of me and only .. ever loving and kind. But, of course, it was me that offered him the fruit, I am to blame. I was not content to disobey God alone … I had to drag Adam into my rebellion.

After Adam blamed me I was so afraid that I immediately blamed the serpent. I hate the serpent but, in the end, the fault is mine. I chose to listen and let him lead me to the worst mistake of my life.

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My Only Hope

My only hope is in my Father God. His love endures forever and He forgives even the gravest of sins. He will restore my soul and make a way to restore all mankind to the way it was in the very beginning.

I will put my faith in my Father God and choose to accept, with humility and submission, the consequences of my sin. I will seek Him with all that is within me and strive to walk in His truth every moment of every day. I will not trust in my own flesh but will look to my Father God and to Him alone for wisdom and direction.

Oh my God please help me to never be deceived again. Forgive me for my stupidity and restore me. I love you my. Father God, and though I will never be the same - from this day forth - I give you my complete allegiance.

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God Made a Way

Thankfully the story that began in the garden of Eden did not end there. God could have made Adam and Eve pay eternal consequences for their blatant disregard for HIs love and authority. But God loved them too much. He made a way to restore mankind to Himself. He didn't have to, but He did ... He sacrificed the most precious thing in His life to save you and me from the eternal consequences of sin. Through Jesus we are Justified - Just as if we never sinned.

Though Adam and Eve sinned and deserved the consequences of their actions God's love and grace found a way to bring mankind back into relationship with Him. You see God is the creator and He loves us, His creation. God could not imagine life without us so He made a way to restore us back into relationship with Him.

There was one big problem created after that fatal sin in the garden. You see, God is holy and He cannot even look upon sin. When Adam and Eve sinned it was the beginning of the great separation between the creator and his creation. Every man and woman since the beginning of time has chosen to go their own way. Isa. 53:6. (read it in God's Word)

God solved the problem of separation that sin had created. His solution was to send Jesus, his one and only son, to die in our place. You see the only one who could pay the penalty for ALL of our sin was Jesus, because Jesus had NO sin. Jesus willingly came down from Heaven to live among people on the Earth. He came knowing He would be killed and knowing that death would pay the price for our sin. He made a deliberate choice to allow the people of that day to crucify him. There on that cruel cross he took our sins in his own body and paid for them with his own life. I Peter 2:24 (read it in God's Word)

Oh how He loves you - Oh how He loves me - Oh how He loves you and me.

To those who are reading this article I ask you, have you heard this true story of the Fathers love for you? Jesus Christ died as the substitute for you and your sin. Do the words of the Bible ring true and can you believe that Jesus died for you in order to give you eternal life?

If you truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, why not pray and tell God so. Ask Him to forgive you and thank Him for sending Jesus to pay the penalty for your sins. If you need to understand more about this Jesus and God of the Bible, let me encourage you to read it. I would recommend you begin with the New Testament book of Mark as it is fast paced and easily grasped.

The apostle John has written: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (1 John 5:11-12). When you have the Son of God, the Lord Jesus, you have eternal life.

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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Alice,

Yes, it sure would have been odd to have a serpent walk up and start talking to you. What a convincing argument he laid out to Eve which led her to forsake her trust in her creator.

This writing was an emotional identification with the first lady ever. It tore at my soul to feel the pain she surely felt on that fatal day.

Yes, why didn't Adam just go to God? From that day til' this ... the influence of a woman over her man is greater than most of us realize.

I too am so very thankful for God's provision.

Blessings to you,

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Kathleen .. yeah, go figure! :)

Thanks for the visit. ((smile))

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Welcome word, it is nice to meet you! I'm glad you found this an interesting read. I agree with you - it is plain to see we continue, as people, being disobedient and deceived. Ugh!

I also agree that Eve was only the first example - the Bible is filled with stories about of broken people who need forgiveness and restoration.

I thank God, as you do, that Jesus Christ paid the price so we could live life abundantly and in victory - as a new creation.

Thank you for your visit and for leaving your encouraging words and thoughts.

God Bless!

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Jackie, It was a different world in the beginning wasn't it. The serpent talked and walked and was the tool satan used to tempt Eve away from God's protection.

I enjoyed reading your inquisitive questions knowing you take time to meditate, explore and apply truth.

Was the serpent an actual snake? I think it was an actual created being because after the fall he was cursed to crawl on his belly all the rest of the days of his life. Sounds like a real snake to me.

None of us can say we would not have done what Eve did. She had no way to know or imagine how devastating the consequences of her disobedience would be. The consequences pervaded her safe world she once lived in. She fell in her choice to be deceived and failing to trust her loving Heavenly Father.

As scriptures proclaim, All we like sheep have gone astray and looked everyone to his own way ... Thankful for God's sacrificial provision to restore us through Jesus.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your great questions and comments.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


Alice Ann Day 3 years ago

That was very moving hearing it from Eve's viewpoint. She must have felt God was holding something back, after all - she would have been seeing a serpent talk. That was different for a start. What I have always wondered though was why Adam didn't just go to God and tell him what had happened. Instead he inadvertently blamed God by blaming the 'woman' that God gave him. Thankfully the human race has a way out from sin and death, through the ransom sacrifice.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

My sister-in-law asked the best question. When Satan said, surely God did not say, why didn't Eve simply reply, let's go ask him?


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word55 3 years ago from Chicago

That reading was very interesting but many are doing it today, being disobedient and deceived. Eve was only the 1st example of it. There are others still out there. They just don't get it. God has given us Jesus Christ to follow and sort of go back to living our lives as Eden before the fall but many people are caught up in worldly things and eating off many forbidden trees. I've been guilty of it but now, I am a new creature. Thank God and thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have wondered about this story many times. The serpent walked upright so he had legs, did he look like a snake with legs or did slithering around make it look like it does now? Apparently Eve was not surprised he was talking, that is not even part of the puzzle so did all animals talk or was the serpent not an animal? Adam apparently did not get mad at her. lol Well you had a most interesting scenario and we may say we would not have disobeyed having everything so great but here we are, disobeying probably daily!

Great food for thought. ^+


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Why thank you Eddy.

Blessings to you!

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello dear teaches, I also wonder how Eve could ever have forgiven herself .. yet, as you say, we are all Eve's who get deceived and turn from the one our hearts long for.

Won't it be awesome to be free from the pull of sin someday?

Congrats on your hubby award my friend. There is not a better teacher to be found on the hubs. You touch may lives with your special gift of teaching through writing.

Hugs!

Mekenzie


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So very interesting and now look forward to so many more by you.

Eddy.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have had thoughts about how Eve might have lived in the Garden of Eden. She must have had a loyalty to God and to her husband. The tempation from the serpent was such a great loss to mankind and I wonder if she could ever forgive herself for what she did. Yet, I believe we are all Eve's living to please our Lord but falling from the path when temptations turn our head. Yes, thankful that he forgives us when we pray. Lovely post and wonderfully written. Voted up++ and shared.


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Sweet Faith,

It is good to be in a place where I can write again. My summer was jam packed full of wonderful changes and challenges. Now there is a settling in and time to do what I love best .. write.

Thank you for missing me and encouraging me always - you are an inspiration dearone.

Last week we took communion in our Church. After having written this hub on Eve's Despair my hearts reflection on the price Jesus paid for my sin was more vivid and real. I sat with tears rolling in a fresh appreciation for the sacrifice He paid just to redeem Eve and me and all who would call upon His name.

All is well and God is ever Faithful. Once again I want to congratulate you on the Hubbie Award. As a true woman of Faith and a friend to many - the honor fits you perfectly. :)

How Blessed I am to know you and to have been touched and inspired by your writing through your hubs. Thank you for the ups and the sharing!

Hugs and Blessings!!

Mekenzie


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Mekenzie,

What a clever write here and I am so glad you are back on HP writing again! You are such a wonderful teacher of His Word and how you so cleverly write to get the reader to actually get into Eve's mind.

Wow, reading this, I felt like I was Eve right there in that garden and the feelings you were describing were so very real. I am so very thankful that His mercies are new each and every morn and that He is not finished with me yet. So true ... Oh, how He loves us! What a beautiful thought when we think of His endless and divine love for us.

I hope and pray all is well with you and yours.

Up and more and sharing.

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

parrster, Don't you think that when we step into Biblical characters shoes that their experience and the story comes to life ... and all of the ramifications hit home ... as you say in personal application?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life of courageous faith merits close attention to his message. There's always a story behind a life that has crashed - Good thing God looks beyond our sin and reaches us right where we are.

Thanks for the visit and uplifting comment brother. I need to come visit your site.

Summer was crazy busy here and I am just getting back to writing and the hubs!

God Bless you this fine day!!

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Stages, though never meeting face to face ... our prayers for one another reach our Heavenly Father and He answers - always!

Bless you for your prayers and sweet encouragement.

Mekenzie


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parrster 3 years ago from Oz

Like what you've shared here. I, too, often try to see through biblical characters eyes, step into their shoes. Helps me better make personal application. Reading your article I was reminded of a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 'We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.'


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

God Bless and prayers for you always as we bask in the Joy of our Jesus :)


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello dear Child and Sister of the One True KIng,

It was quite the experience to sit and meditate upon Eve's Despair. As you mentioned the representation of the emotion of sin that we all battle with each and every day - YET - Jesus died to free us from the condemnation of sin.

As we confess our sin - He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.

The Lord has recently made me conscious of the fact that I am attacked frequently with condemnation - and the source - the enemy who wants to steal my joy - Jesus says, there is therefore now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus ... All I have to do is claim that verse and the condemnation falls as JOY rises up to replace it.

Thank you dear friend for your encouragement and your sweet heart of Faith.

Love and Hugs to you this beautiful day,

Your sister in Christ


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

Dearest Child of God - Mekenzie ~

What a refreshing morning read. Thank you for letting me get into Eve's head this morning. Thank you for the real face to face meeting we will have with our loving Father, as we meet our sin before Him. How wonderfully blessed we are to be loved by such a loving and amazing God. His arms wrap around us each day. He lifts us to His gentle lips and when we love Him so much, we can almost feel His gentle kiss on our cheek. The joy in Him is so abounding as we feel His forgiveness. This hub is such a wonderful representation of the emotion of sin that we all battle with each and every day. At the same time it shares the hope of Christ and His beautiful promise. God Bless you for sharing and letting us see Eve as we see ourselves on this journey HOME.

Hugs and many blessing always :)

from another child of the One True King

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