Friday, September 2, 2016

Eve

                                                                                 
Women of the Dawn
Eve

Key Scripture: Genesis 1:24-31, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:13-15

Her Name Means: She is called “Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Hometown: Eve began her life in the Garden of Eden (Paradise).

Character: Eve came into the world perfectly at peace with God and her husband. She never knew the meaning of embarrassment, misunderstanding, hurt, estrangement, envy, bitterness, grief, or guilt. Until she listened to the enemy and began to doubt God.

Her Sorrow: That she and her husband were banished from Paradise and the presence of God, and that her first born child was a murderer and her second born his victim.

Her Joy: That she had once tasted Paradise, and that God had promised her offspring would eventually destroy her enemy.

Her Story: The product of a divine creation, Eve appeared as a complete, perfect woman. She was never a child, or a daughter or a maiden. She was not born. She was created out of Adam. Eve was the first woman on earth, the first wife, and the first mother. She is known as the "Mother of All the Living."

After God created Adam, He realized that something was missing. Seeing the incompleteness of man standing alone, He wanted to find a helper for him. So He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and formed women (Eve) from the rib of Adam.

Eve was Adam's companion, his helper, the one who would complete him and share equally in his responsibility over creation. She, too, was made in God's image, displaying a portion of the characteristics of God. With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship, and marriage into the world.

The Lord gave Adam and Eve permission to enjoy all that was in the beautiful garden except for the one tree in the middle of the garden, lest they die. Eve was approached by the enemy that told her if she ate the forbidden fruit that she would not die but become wise.

After Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit, she also gave it to Adam, and he ate it too, thus sharing her guilt. Soon Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Creator walking in the Garden, and they hid. Sin had opened their eyes to their nakedness and God banished them from Eden.

God pronounced judgment first on Satan and then on Adam and Eve. To the serpent; “I will put enmity between you and women, between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) To the women, 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 3:16)

Her Place in God's Divine Plan: The magnificent theme of this story is that God, seeing the incompleteness of man standing alone, wanted to find a helper for him. Not having found this helper in all created things, God created a helper that was equal to man.

Her Challenges Along the Way: Eve was tempted by Satan when he deceived her into doubting God's goodness. The serpent urged her to focus on the one thing she couldn't have. She lost sight of all of the pleasurable things God had blessed her with in the Garden of Eden.

Her Victories: Embedded in the very curse put on Eve for her sin is a wonderful promise. God promises her, all succeeding generations: You “will give birth to children” (Genesis 3:16) God’s grace and mercy are marvelously evident, even when He’s pouncing judgment.

Lesson We Can Learn from Her Legacy:  When you are at your lowest, on your knees before God’s judgment, never forget that His grace is still at work. And that’s truly amazing!      

Children: There is no record how many children Adam and Eve had, however, Scripture  mentions; Cain, Abel, Seth, and mentions other sons and daughters. If Eve lived as long as her husband, 930 years (Genesis 5:5). There would likely be many sons and daughters in earth’s first family.

There is no mention in the Bible of Eve's death.

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