Sunday, May 9, 2010

Knowing The Bible Characters - Eve

I realized that I haven't post again on this series, so here it is now. Since tomorrow will be the "Mother's Day", my featured Bible Character for today is the first woman and the first mother on Earth which most of us knows. Eve.
Next to Adam, Eve was the second human being that lived here on Earth. Eve is called the “Mother of Mankind”. She was created in the Garden of Eden to be the “companion” of Adam, because God sees that “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a companion fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18) "And God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." (Genesis 2:21-22) Eve was given to Adam to be his “helper”. I know a lot of women who reacted negatively on this statement. But relax, women. This kind of “helper” is with the “higher call”. Look at it this way; God knows that Adam (Man) is not good to live alone, and that was how God decided to create Eve (Woman) to help the man become good as himself. Eve was the one who complete Adam and share equally in his responsibility over creation. She too was made in God's image, displaying a portion of the characteristics of God. Together only could Adam and Eve fulfill God's purpose in the continuation of creation. With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship and marriage into the world.
Of course, who can overlook the most popular mistake that Eve did in the Garden of Eden? She succumbs to the serpent's temptation by tricking her with the suggestion that to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would make her wise as God, and that she would not die, and she, believing the lie of the Serpent rather than the earlier instruction from God, shares the fruit with Adam. As a result, the first humans were expelled from the Garden of Eden and are cursed. Although she shared a close relationship with God and her husband, Eve failed to consult either one of them when confronted with Satan's suggestions. She acted impulsively, independent of her authority. Once entangled in sin, she invited her husband to join her. As a consequence, God told the woman, "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)


Susan said...

Yes there are many lessons to learn by studying Eve and how she lived. I like how the Lord made her a help 'meet' (to cope or contend effectively with) for Adam. Adam found no other creature to be his equal in the Garden of Eden. Yet she could be tempted and persuaded, in the absence of good counsel. She was tempted by the fruit 'because it was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise' (Gen 3:5) and this has taught me much to be on guard against

There are so many other lessons to learn from her life!

Have a sweet day.

joy said...

i love to read your post. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I used to think poorly of the "helper" term, but have grown in my Christianity. God is always good!

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

naalala ko ang mga sinabi ng aking teacher noong elementary pa ako..nagkuwento din kasi iyon ng tungkol kay eva at adan..