And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. ~Genesis 3:6
One of the keys to understanding the Bible is a good understanding of the book of Genesis. Genesis is the book of beginnings. In Genesis, we have the first mention of key doctrines and concepts. This morning, we are studying the woman who is called the mother of all living: Eve.
We see Eve and her FORMATION.
“And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,” Gen. 2:22-23. Eve was created by God out of Adam. She was similar to him in flesh, but uniquely different in makeup to complement him. Her purpose in creation was to be Adam’s helpmeet. God made her out of Adam’s side with the intention that she would always be at his side. As Adam’s helpmeet, her role was to be his companion and to complement him in his life. The key thought is that God’s intention was good and perfect.
We see Eve and her FUSION.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Gen. 2:24. God brought Eve to Adam for the ministry of marriage. In marriage, a man and a woman become one flesh. They are fused together by love in spirit, soul, and body. Two become one with the intent that two are better than one. This fusion is the ultimate companionship and consolidation. God’s design for marriage is that the husband and wife are growing together as one.
We see Eve and her FAILURE.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Gen. 3:1. We see the very first temptation in Gen. 3. The devil came under disguise as a serpent and engaged Eve in conversation. Eve was unsuspecting as the serpent spoke with her. The serpent began by casting doubts on God’s Word: “Yea, hath God said?” Instead of asking Adam to intervene or resisting Satan’s advances, Eve allowed herself to be enticed. Eve dropped her guard! She knew what God commanded! She knew the consequences for disobeying God, but her desires overcame all that was sensible. When we drop our guard, we make ourselves vulnerable to the risk of sin.
We see Eve and her FALL.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” When Eve allowed her desires to blind her senses, she took of the forbidden fruit and fell into sin. Eve shared the fruit with Adam, and together they committed the very first sin. At the moment they sinned, their conscience was overcome with guilt, and they knew that they had fallen. Lust conceived and brought forth sin. Sin, when it was finished, brought forth death. They went from being sinless to becoming sinners. They went from being immortal to becoming mortal.
In spite of Eve’s failure, we see God in His mercy telling them of a promised Seed that will bruise the head of the serpent. God would make a way for man’s salvation through the shed blood and death of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. Eve dropped her guard, but God demonstrated His wonderful grace! Be thankful this morning for Christ’s death for your sin.
Have a grace-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Chronicles 18-21