“Eve – Remarkable Creation”
What first comes to your mind when you think on the creation of Eve? Does rebellion, deception, and an overall feeling of contempt for her because of her choice when it came to her disobedience to God’s command to not take to herself the fruit of the tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil? I know it happens at times to me when I think of her. Her name brings to mind man’s contempt for God’s authority. Yet, Eve was just as human as you and I. Adam and Eve were created flesh and blood. In Romans 8:7, it speaks of the flesh that is not subject to the law of God; and neither indeed was she.
“Because the carnal (fleshly) mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
~ Romans 8:7
Adam and Eve were carnal. They were made of flesh and blood, and so are we.
Would we have done any better? We scoff a bit at that question, but when I think about my temptations in life, sugar cravings, etc. it’s not so hard for me to fathom the pull she must have felt; after all, all of the trees were beautiful to the eye and had fruit to be desired and this one was also desired to make one wise, and it was situated conveniently right in the center of the garden. Also, she had the added trial of Satan right there egging her on. God knew the draw that Satan could possibly have on them. That is why during God’s soon coming 1,000-year millennial reign, Satan will be bound; God knows the sway Satan has over us; and He willingly pardons our sins if we truly repent.
We do not know if Adam and Eve repented, but God had mercy, killing animals and using the skins to cover their nakedness (Revelation 3:17), which I believe to be their sin. Fig leaves would not do. It takes blood to cover sins. I believe this was a picture of Christ eventually coming to the earth and shedding His blood, reconciling men back to their God. But God stated in the Old Testament that the blood of bulls and goats can never take away sin, only a promise of a better sacrifice, Jesus Christ could. (Hebrews 9:23-2). Then, you might ask, why were they thrown out of the garden? Simply put, without Christ’s sacrificial blood, the power of death wouldn’t have been defeated and there could be no eternal life. So, the tree of Life was made inaccessible to them.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
~ Genesis 3:15
According to the book “The Remarkable Women of the Bible,“in chapter 1 Eve was remarkable in the “firsts” in her role as the first woman to ever to walk the face of the planet. She was the first person created to be a man’s perfect help-meet, the first wife, the first mother, etc. Only together could Adam have been complete, in the image of God, and not until both of them were created that God said His creation was VERY good! Notice in God’s word, all the creation days preceding this were proclaimed good, but on the day that Adam and Eve were created, it was “Very good!”
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”
~ Genesis 1:27
You as a woman are a unique creation.
“Accept your femininity — There’s no need to feel inferior, second-class or second-rate. No, woman was God’s last, most beautiful creation. It was only after God presented women that He proclaimed His creation was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Adam and Eve were alike, yet they were different from one another. One was female (Genesis 1:27), yet together as well as individually they reflected God’s image and His glory!” pg 12
You can also reflect God’s glory when:
~ You give life through your physical efforts to care for others.
~ You share spiritual life by telling others about Jesus Christ and God the Father
~ You are the life of your home, bringing the sparkle of laughter and joy to other people.
~ You pass physical life on to your children.
~You can also help your children have the opportunity to come into God’s family by the gospel of Jesus Christ. pg 14
Not only was she the first in the many roles as stated above, including being given the name “Eve – the mother of ALL living,” she was the first to suffer loss, her son (Abel) murdered, first to have her son taken away from her (Cain). Yet, there was hope, for unto her was given the first evangelistic vision, the coming Savior from the lineage of her womb. A Savior would be born into the world, paving the way to reconciliation for all mankind. Indeed, she was remarkable!
~ First Lessons in Faith ~
Loss tears at the heart, and Eve certainly suffered many losses. Just look at the list. She had lost:
~ her perfect relationship with God (Genesis 3:8)
~ the bliss of sinless marriage (Genesis 3:12)
~ her lack of acquaintance with evil (Genesis 3:22)
~ her ideal home in the Garden of Eden
~ her son Abel
~ her son Cain (gone to a place of refuge) pg 16
Yet even through all the loss, the goodness of God shown through. We can always hope in God! “Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, ‘For God has appointed another seed for me.” (Genesis 4:25)
The gift of Seth whose name means “appointed” surely refilled Eve’s empty heart and her equally empty barrel of hope. Appointed by God, her Seth would not only bring hope to her sore heart, but he would be the one from whom God’s Son would come bringing bountiful and eternal hope to all mankind (See Luke 3:38) pg 16
Eve also was the mother of the first man, whose blood God considered righteous. Was he one of the first prophets? The Bible does not say, but it does say in Matthew 23:
“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.”
“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.”
~ Matthew 23:34-35
~ Eve’s Message For Your Life Today ~
How do you handle your heartbreaking losses? Rather than plunge into depression, discouragement, or hopelessness, place your God-given faith and confidence in these hope-filled realities:
God’s Faithfulness: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s Promises: One of the over 8,000 promises in the Bible assures you that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)
God’s Goodness: Your lack of hope can never negate God’s goodness. (Psalms 30:5) For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Just as Adam was a reflection of God’s glory, Eve was as well, in His image created He them. We can be a reflection of God’s glory as God transforms our minds into His spiritual reflection:
Resolve never to make a habit of criticizing or downgrading yourself but instead
Rejoice in your worth in God and your likeness to Him
Rejoice that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Resolve to seek a deeper relationship with God and to
Rejoice that He is near to all who call upon Him (Psalm 145:18)
Resolve to walk by faith paths. You may not understand and to
Rejoice in the promise of His nearness as He directs your way.
Resolve to live each day as a child of God through His son, Jesus Christ and to be a reflection of His glory, and
Rejoice that, as one of God’s chosen, your name is written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)!
Resolve to spend time communing with God on a daily basis through prayer and the study of His word, and
Rejoice in the strength that He gives, for each day and the hope that He offers for all your tomorrows!
Resolve to reflect His glory and, dear one,
Rejoice in His love. pg 18-19
Chapter 2 – March 26