I must be honest when I started doing a study on Eve I thought this might take me a while, but I was shocked to see how little there is about her in the Bible.
I wondered why would there be so little of the first woman and you know what? It is like that to amplify what she was known for and how she reacted. It took me a while to get through this study because I kept asking so many questions that just don’t add up!
Like why was the woman easier deceived than the man? Why didn’t Adam step in when he knew what was happening and that it was wrong? So, this is what I came up with…would love to hear what your opinion is on Eve.
Let’s start with her character and who she is as a person before sin took place:
- Eve was there to be a helper to Adam, looking after the animals and
- That does not mean she was less, she was just the “co-pilot”.
- She fulfilled the desires of the man, she “completed” him.
Okay, que the snake, the fruit and a whole lot of mixed emotions. Now let’s look at what the agenda was of the snake and why he spoke to Eve first. At the moment everything is running smooth, the garden is flourishing, and all is good so, the enemy wants to flip all of that upside down so that there is chaos, and where there is chaos we can’t hear the voice of God. We see the mess and not what God is doing, so we feel distant from God.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:13-18
The first thing Adam and Eve did when they ate the fruit was feeling ashamed of their nakedness, so they went and tried to hide from God, they felt too ashamed to come before Him. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Once you believe the lies from the enemy you start to feel ashamed of your past and you feel not worthy enough to even come to the Lord in prayer, so you hide yourself.
In James 3:13-18 we see what the difference is between good and bad wisdom and how it affects what you reap. The enemy sowed confusion, distrust, chaos and sin into the garden and the outcome was exactly that. It ruined the relationship between Adam, Eve and God.
Eve went over Adam’s “authority” and made them commit sin, Adam didn’t take up his position as the man and was overruled by the sin. Both knew the instructions of God but chose not to obey them. You see where I’m going with this? There was no structure everything was turned upside down because of that one sin.
Moving on with the story, the sin was committed, and God noticed they were gone. I watched a devotional video from Time of Grace where Pastor Phil said something that made me see another side of God. He asked the following question; why did God go to Adam first and not to Eve who initiated the act of sin? (mind blown already by that question) He goes on to say that God knew Eve was delicate. (mind blown double here) God understands that we judge and act from an emotional point of view and that is why we are delicate and special, we bring peace and balance. We can also because of our emotions make mistakes if we do not consult God first in a matter. That is exactly wat happened in the garden.
God went to Adam and asked him what he has done? He put all the responsibilities on Adam, because he didn’t do what he was supposed to. He let Eve make a mistake and by doing that made both of them fall where all of this could have been avoided.
Let’s look at Eve’s character after being thrown out of the garden. She realized something right there and it has paved the way forward for many women. She (unfortunately) is the perfect example of what happens when you overstep your boundaries and don’t consult God and your spouse first.
But, what stood out to me the most about the entire story of Eve is the following verse:
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” – Genesis 4:1
In just that one verse you can see how Eve has changed spiritually as well as her relationship with God. I think she got humbled a lot by this experience. She understood one thing very clear, so clear that she named her first son after it. “With the help of the Lord“, she understood that God was the only one in control and she trusted Him with her life. She understood that without God she can’t even bring a child into this world.
The lesson we all can learn from Eve is that God understands our heart and how we work, think and act. So much that He would approach us in a way that won’t “break” us. That we should trust the Lord with our lives, our past, present and future. He is the perfect God.