Eve - What Were You Thinking ?
- When God created all of nature, he liked it. It was good. He created the first man, Adam. God looked at Adam, and saw that he was alone. That was not good. So he put the man to sleep and formed Eve out of his flesh. She was created to be his helper. Before we women, in our human nature, take offense at this, it is important to note that the same term helper is used in Scripture in reference to God. (Psalms 33:20, 70:5 and 115: 9.)
- She was called woman because she was taken out of man. (Genesis 2:23) (Woman is a generic description as to Eve's relationship to Adam. Literally man-ess.)
- "He created them male and female and blessed them." Genesis 5:25
This was God's plan for marriage. He made them equal and of one flesh to function together. This is the divine ideal for man and wife and it is what makes a home run in perfect order.
- Finally, Adam named his wife Eve. "because she was the mother of all the living." Genesis 3:20 Eve means "life," "life giving" or "mother of all who have life."
Eve lived in a perfect world, a garden created by God. She had the perfect husband. Why would she do anything to disturb such a blessed existence? It started innocently enough - just a stroll through the garden.
Eve’s mistake. She listened to the snake (The serpent who is Satan. Revelation 20:2) as he twisted and contradicted God’s word. She listened, even though she knew what God had said about not eating from that one tree in the center of the garden -the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had warned, if they ate from that tree they would surely die.
The serpent asked, "Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ Are you sure you heard him right? And then he lied to her and caused her to doubt God’s character, suggesting that her Creator wanted to hold her back. Satan has been a liar from the beginning. (John 8:44)
He told her she would not die. He told her that God knew that if she ate the fruit, her eyes would be opened and she would be like God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:1 and 3:4
Eve’s temptation. Eve was enticed by lust... for food, pretty things and personal gain. She saw that the fruit was good to eat and was attractive. She believed that it would give her wisdom. (Genesis 3:6)
Eve decided to believe the serpent and value her own desires above the command of her Creator. She ate some of the fruit and then gave it to Adam. He was right there with her.
Eve's sin led to harsh consequences. Turn to the next page to read about her life after the garden and the lessons we can learn from her.
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