Can you imagine being Eve? The mother of the entire human race! And the first human in history to make a mistake… a mistake that doomed us all to death.
The first words recorded in Scripture directly spoken by God to a woman are heart-breaking:
“God said to the Woman, ‘What is this that you’ve done?'” (Genesis 3:12b The Message)
Have you ever heard those words? “What have you done?!”… heart-stopping words. Because you and the questioner are both looking at the result, there is no denying it. Our only option is to confess. And Eve did. She admitted that a power outside of her had convinced her to do it and she admitted that she did it.
Adam’s blaming of Eve and Eve’s blaming of the serpent certainly indicate that we are childish in God’s presence but this passing of blame also indicates we know better and are aware of the reality that disobedience was not a part of God’s original design for us. Our desire to be like God IS a part of our original design and God’s provision for that desire is each other.
In Genesis 1:28 God blessed the man and the woman as one. He saw them as a team, united in purpose to represent the nature of himself. He called them both, male and female, good. In Genesis 2 we get a clearer picture of how he created them and how they function as individuals in creation.
I love how Genesis 2:22 tells us that Eve was “presented” to the man. Eve was a gift to Adam. She was created for him to be his helper just like God helps us – we are created to be the body of Christ for one another! Girls, we should not feel as though we are worth less because God made us AFTER he made the man. I do not believe Eve was an afterthought – she was God’s gift of grace to the man. I do not believe that Adam was somehow incomplete as a man without Eve – God’s amazing grace to Eve was making sure Adam was the first living being she saw when she opened her eyes. Let us trust in God’s wisdom – we need each other!
Eve’s decision to disobey God did not take God by surprise… He created that desire to be like Him and put it inside of her. The serpent, our enemy, is clever – he thought he was sneaking his way to us ahead of Jesus. He may have used that cunning to get to Eve’s heart and recruit her for his own purpose, but God was way ahead of him.
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that JESUS came before Eve AND the serpent. Jesus loved Eve and every single one of her descendants (you and me) before she listened to the serpent. Jesus was already on his way to the cross before Eve took a bite…
“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” (Ephesians 1:3-6 The Message)
The serpent attempted to steal the Bride of Christ in the beginning and he has not given up yet. He knows the Bride’s eternity is secure – but he will do everything in his power to steal her days of preperation. He longs to see her ask HERSELF, “what have I done?” Because when we focus on what WE have done we are not considering what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Which makes us attempt our own rescue mission, which makes us focus on our selves and each other, which makes us glorify our own works, which takes our focus off of Jesus who said YES to us long before we knew him.
And so let us refocus today and every day… All eyes on The Groom!