This week we kick off a new series on the women of the Old Testament. We begin with Eve as our featured lady of the week. We pray it will bless you the reader as much as it has us.
Woman was God’s last and most beautiful creation. Eve, who was the first woman, had everything going for her. She lived in Paradise with God in His presence every day. Her husband adored her. The world she lived in was perfect in every way. She did not know what it was like to feel pain, sorrow, hurt, grief or shame. She never knew evil until that fateful day in Genesis Chapter 3 when she listened to the serpent’s hiss of deception, and the seed of doubt was planted in her heart. She was deceived and ate from the tree God said not to eat from, and nothing in her world was ever the same.
God could have made the garden without the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but He created us in His image and gave us free will to choose. If He is going to give us a choice He has to put something there for us to choose. God wants us to choose to love Him every day. But we can be deceived by the enemy just as Eve was when he plants seeds of doubt in us.
These are some of the seeds of doubt the enemy has planted in me, “If God really loved you this would not have happened. If He is such a big God why didn’t He stop it? Why would you want to give your heart to someone like that? If He really cared about you why has He left you alone in all your grief and pain?” All lies of course, but I fell into the trap just the same. Choosing to believe the lie and living through the consequences of every bad choice was not God’s truth.
Adam and Eve suffered great loss living through the consequences of their choice. Can you imagine what the next day looked like for them? When God had clothed them and drove them out of the garden with no way of returning. When the reality of what Adam and Eve had done hit home. The separation from God and losing the intimacy of walking and talking and sharing with Him. The lack of peace in their marriage. The shame of what they had done. And all of the knowledge of good and evil did nothing for that.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He will crush your head, and you shall strike His heel.” Genesis 3:15
Satan wants to kill the seed that God said would crush his head. How does he do that? He causes friction to come between Cain and Abel. Cain the first-born kills Abel. How do you think that made Eve feel for one of her children to kill the other one? After she had to go through the never before pain of child-birth to now have the unimaginable pain of having one’s son killing the other, and having God send Cain away. Eve’s heart must have been completely broken. Hope must have seemed lost to her.
But God brought hope back to Eve and filled her empty heart, “And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” Genesis 4:25
Seth was the seed from whom God’s Son would come. Bringing hope to the whole world.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.
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