Word's-Women Eve

It’s hard to get past Eve before we move on to the other wonderful women of the Word.  After all, there’s a reason she is called the “mother of all living”.

The first time we see Eve ever referred to in the Scripture is in Genesis 2:18-

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”

We see her purpose before we ever see anything else about her.  Before her name.  Before her beauty.  Before her creation.

She had a purpose.

Just like you.

If you read over the first few chapters of Genesis you’ll see how God wraps up every creation.  You see it in Genesis 1:10 when He calls the dry ground land and gathers the waters and calls them seas.  And He saw it was good.  In Genesis 1:12, when the land produced vegetation, God saw that it was good.  When He separated light from darkness in Genesis 1:18, God saw that it was good.  A few verses later He creates the great creatures of the sea and every living thing in the water and every winged bird and in verse 21 states again, God saw that it was good.  Wrapping up chapter 1 He finishes it by saying, God saw all that He made, and it was very good.

The first time we see He said it isn’t good?  Genesis 2:18-The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”  God knew that if man was going to achieve what He had set for him to achieve, he would need the help of his mate.  No one else amidst all the other creation, would be able to inspire and encourage Adam like she would be able to.

She was needed.

Just like you.

While we’re told Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), Eve was created much differently.  She was carefully, intricately created out of flesh and bone (Genesis 2:22), directly by the Creator’s own Hand showing careful attention and detail.  Eve was the crown and pinnacle of all of God’s amazing creative work, a creature of beauty beyond imagination.  Her creation signals the completion of all creation.  To God, she must have been pretty special to cause Him, in all His power, to stop creation there.

She was special, especially to God.

Just like you.

Would I be too bold to assume that maybe also just like you, she made a huge mess of things and was sure her purpose was gone.  Also maybe like you, I bet she wondered in the middle of that mess how in the world they got there?  One minute she and her mate are in the perfection of Eden enjoying beauty that I don’t believe words could ever do justice.  The next minute they are driven out and blocked from that perfect garden by cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth (Genesis 3:24).

Notice, she didn’t go looking for sin.  Sin found her anyway.  Sometimes our intentions can be of the highest and purest, but put in the wrong place or person will always lead us to a heap of ruins.  Eve made such a mess of things that it ultimately changed the course of history.  Maybe you made similar choices that maybe didn’t change the course of history, but sure changed the course of your history and your family.

She needed a Redeemer.

Just like you.

God turns His disciplined attention to Eve in verse 16 of Genesis 3.  He lays it all out on the line.  Yes, as a loving Father must there would be consequences.  But 5 verses later in Genesis 3:21 we see God making garments of skin for the two.  What was ruined and taken from them, their innocence, God would begin to restore.  Those shabby fig leaves, remnants of their feeble efforts to fix what they broke, He knew would never do.  Notice, they’re the ones who broke it in the first place.  It wasn’t God’s fault!  He shouldn’t have to come and clean up a mess He didn’t make!

But He does.  Every time we come to Him with a humble and repentant heart, He begins the process of fixing us up.

She had a Redeemer.

Just like you.

As we go into this new year I’m wondering if anyone could use a re-do? Maybe last year was ugly for you. Maybe you had your share of bad choices and crazy decisions years ago that you feel like you’re still reeling from. No matter how much you try to move on, it’s never felt gone.

Yet I wonder, has anyone ever felt like more of a wasted mess than Eve? Sin entered the world with her! Life for all of us, forever, would never be the same. Eden was a long ago distant memory.

Now what.

Just as God saw fit, in the middle of the mess, came a miracle. Read Genesis 3 again. Yes we see the fall, we see the mistake, the ruin, the rubble left behind. It’s so easy to miss it. One single verse, one single light, one single hope, in the midst of all that darkness.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. –Genesis 3:15

 Do you see it? The first time we ever see the announcement that we would have a coming Redeemer. This verse was called the protevangelium, because it is literally the “first Gospel”. It was the first time a promise of Him had ever been spoken, and it would take thousands of years before it was fleshed out in the form of a Baby in a manger.

No matter what the mess might look like, no matter how dark it might seem. Look for the light that He has placed in the midst of it when we fix our eyes on Him.