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More thots on Eve

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We don’t know a whole lot about Eve. Her personalty. Her lifestyle. Not even exactly how many children she had. But there are some things we do know. She failed big time. It turned out not to be just a bite of fruit. Her whole life changed. And, when Adam followed her, everyone else’s life changed too. But I read something interesting recently:

“Eve lived with the consequences of sin in her home but she was not paralyzed by the past. She accepted God’s forgiveness and lived in expectation of the promised Savior.” (Women of the Bible, Eunice Faith Priddy)

It’s so easy to be paralyzed by the past. To relive it. To punish ourselves over and over. Her sin was so big – so far reaching. Why wasn’t she paralyzed?

Everything she heard about God before came though Adam. But after the fall she heard God for herself. She heard his voice. She heard his word – his promise spoken for her. And she took God at his word. She focused on that promise and held on for dear life.

But, to do that, she had to accept God’s forgiveness. Sometimes that’s the hardest part. How can God forgive us when we can’t forgive ourselves? And then how can we hold on to a promise that rests on his forgiveness?

Consequences and sorrow follow sin. God’s forgiveness doesn’t mean that there won’t be any. And it doesn’t mean you’re not forgiven. But he will not leave you alone to deal with them. Focus on promises not the pain.

For Eve, it meant that leaves were not clothing enough – she had to watch animals slaughtered – death was required. And one son killed another. But she didn’t stay focused on the consequences, she focused on the promise.

When Cain was born she said: “I have gotten* a man with the help of the LORD.”  (Gen 4:1). When Seth was born she said: “God has appointed* for me another offspring instead of Abel…” (Gen 4:25) It makes me wonder if she said something similar every time a son was born.

She continued to look for that “he” of the promise:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring* and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”  (Gen 3:15)

Follow Eve’s example:

  • focus on his words – they are true – regardless of our feelings
  • then live in expectation
  • put one foot in front of the other and follow where he leads

 

Eve

Monday, April 18th, 2011

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be the first. I walk through the produce section and some of that stuff looks really strange. I wonder who it was who had the courage to eat it that first time.

Eve was first. Everything she did was a first.

She began at peace. At peace with everything around her. Creation. Her husband. And God. Imagine what that was like. She had everything she needed. Even the animals were her friends.

Then it all changed. She ate the fruit from the one tree God had set off-limits. She listened to the serpent’s lies—that it would make her wise.

Instead of wisdom, she got embarrassment, blame, hurt, grief and guilt. She would give anything to get a do over. To just go back in time and say “No!”

But faith was also one of her firsts. God had talked to Adam in the garden each night. It doesn’t say that she was with them. But she heard the curses—especially the one to the serpent:

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.”

Imagine that first pregnancy. Imagine watching her body change. Feeling the child move. And only Adam to help when the pain started. I wonder how they knew what to do during that first birth. There were no mid-wives or doctors to tell them what to expect or what to do.

But she was focused on the promise of a Savior—someone to crush the serpent’s head. When Cain was born she said:

“With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.”

Cain was not the promised one. He went on to kill Abel, the son with faith. When Seth was born she chose a name that meant “restitution” because:

“God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”

Eve had a strong and simple faith in a Savior to come. I’m looking forward to meeting her one day!

Sarah

Friday, February 18th, 2011

She has always amazed me. I know it was a different time. I know that living was different then – that women roles were different. But she still amazes me.

Her husband gets a call from God and leaves civilization to camp out in the wild. For a weekend that might be ok – but they lived that way always. He was rich, so I guess they had whatever “amenities” were available in a tent. But still …

But the thing that amazes me most about her came when they traveled to Egypt then again in Gerar. Both times Abraham asked her to say she was his sister (so “that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake”). Twice!

She was his half-sister, so he wasn’t telling her to lie, exactly. But he was leaving her totally alone. To the point where she had to become other men’s wives.

Imagine just how alone she must have felt. God was her only hope. She had to trust that he would save her. There was no one else. No husbandly knight was going to come over the hill – armor glinting in the sun.

And her trust was not misplaced. Each time, God intervened. She was saved.

What I learn from her:

Husbands can’t meet all our needs. It’s not fair to expect them to. They were never intended to. Husbands and wives are designed to work as a team. Building a life – building a family. Reflecting Christ to each other.

But God is the only source of help. Of strength. He is everything we need. When we try to make our husbands take God’s place everything falls apart. They have to fail and we have to be disappointed – it will never work.

Look to God – his armor always glints!