If you're visiting from my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion today, welcome! We've just begun reading through the women of the Bible, starting with Eve. If you want to jump in with us, STOP NOW AND READ Genesis 2:18 through 3:24 on Eve today. Then read my thoughts on Eve below and jump in on the discussion. Tomorrow we'll be moving on to reading about Sarah.
Great job, gals, getting the reading done. Didn't it make you smile with a sense of accomplishment to close the Bible, and post your "I did it" comment?
Well, yesterday I could hardly wait to get to today and start discussing Eve. Actually, I did my reading of and writing about Eve last week in prep for starting this project and so I've been waiting for days to talk about Eve with you girls! There is so much we could talk about when it comes to Eve, the very first woman.
She was the first woman to encounter God, the first woman to explore His creation, the first woman to encounter man, the first woman to experience marriage, the first woman to have children, the first woman to lose a child, and of course she is famous for being the first woman to disobey God.
Eve tends to get a bad rap. Yes, I know she earned it by ushering sin into mankind, and that is so very not good. But I'm just not so sure I wouldn't have done the same thing. So I'm leery about throwing stones at Eve.
You see, I too would've been tempted by the serpent's promise. I have a compelling desire to be "in the know." I don't like feeling like I'm missing out. Like Eve, I desire wisdom. And I certainly don't want to be intentionally held out on - especially by a God I'd been trusting to tell me the truth.
Satan convinced Eve that God was indeed holding out on her ... He was holding back some deliciously ripe fruit, and lying to her about the consequences of eating it. She wouldn't die, He just didn't want her to attain His status with the ability to know good and evil. Well, that last part is true. You see what Eve knew up until this point was only Good. Everything she saw, experienced, and knew was Good. What she did not know yet was Evil, at least not until she ran into the serpent and sank her teeth into that apple. Then she knew it all too well, as feelings of guilt, shame and fear flooded her. Those feelings drove her to hide from God, for she knew there would be consequences. And there were ... including being booted from the garden of goodness.
You see Eve and her husband in swallowing the fruit, had also swallowed traces of evil sinfulness that would somehow fuse themselves into the first couple's spiritual DNA. God wanted to ensure they didn't also eat from the tree of eternal life while they were in this state. In His sweet mercy, God kept Eve (and you and I) from living forever in a spiritual state of sin.
So its true, God was holding something out on Eve - knowledge of Evil. How I wish I didn't know evil. The only thing God was holding back from Eve was something not worth tasting, not worth knowing, and not worth possessing.
Do you ever wonder if God might be holding good things out on you?
Sometimes I look around and wonder why I don't have this, or why I can't do that. I guess the wise response would be to just trust God that He will provide everything I need and nothing I don't. Why does that feel so hard to settle for? Why does accepting God's ways even feel like settling? I suspect its because I have the same impulse Eve did - to have and know it all.
Do you ever fear that following God's orders fully will cost you more than you care to give up?
In Genesis 3:3, Eve makes God's orders about not eating from the tree (seem) even more restrictive than they actually were by claiming that He said she couldn't even touch the tree or its fruit. Don't we do that sometimes too ... make what God calls us to do or not do seem even more restrictive or unreasonable than it really is?
While reading Eve's adventures in the garden, I decided I want to cement in my soul the truth that I can follow God's orders with complete trust that He has my best interests in mind and at heart.
I also decided that tonight, in honor of Eve who always gets a bad rap, I'm making an apple salad with celery, walnuts and raisins. As I taste the crunchy, fruity salad - that reminds me spring is on the way - I will think: Oh Eve, how I wish you hadn't eaten that apple! But I also understand why you did. Hopefully, we'll all learn from your mistakes.
Actually, it probably wasn't an apple Eve ate in the garden but a fig - but I have no idea how to make figgy pudding!
Now it's your turn ... there is so much that can be said about Eve's story ... tell us what's on your mind. Even if someone else has already posted your thoughts.