This week we bring our series on Eve to a close (pop over to Naomi’s blog if you missed last weeks write up). So I am going to try to tie up everything we’ve learnt, but I shall start off with our verse from this week:
“Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Genesis 4:1
Holding a grudge when no-one else is…
Let me ask you a question – have you ever been involved in a debate over sin, the fall and the punishments involved? Have you ever been a little bit angry that God judges us and thought it necessary to punish mankind? Then you are probably holding a little bit of a grudge about this part of the bible.
But when I examined this verse the thing that surprised me is that no-one else is! Adam isn’t holding a grudge with Eve because she was the one that handed him the fruit. No, Adam still loves his wife and is making love to his wife. I am sure the temptation to walk away from her in a huff as the exited the garden of Eden was there, but Adam didn’t do that. He stayed by the side of his wife and faced this new world together.
Eve isn’t holding a grudge with God either. She doesn’t think her punishment is unfair, or sit shouting at God through her now painful childbirth. Instead she actually PRAISES God through it. She made a mistake and turned her back on God, but she knows that is not the best way to live. So when she faces this new world outside of Eden she knows that the only way to survive is with God by her side helping her.
So if Adam and Eve aren’t holding a grudge about this, given everything they had to go through, then why should we? If Adam and Eve can accept their punishment then why can’t we? And if Adam and Eve can not “over-react” and not throw their dummies out of the pram over this, then who are we to do it when we face the punishment of sin?
Dealing with change well
The second thing that really stood out from this the verse to me is that way that Eve deals with change. When I stepped into Eve’s shoes I walked the sorry path from Eden, a place of perfection, plenty and blessing, into a sad and sinful world. I felt that fear of change and getting used to doing life in a new way. I’m sure we’ve all experienced something similar – moving home, starting a new job, stepping into a new ministry. How do we deal with it?
I’ll tell you how Eve dealt with it – she trusted in God, walked with God and asked God for help. Everything she needed to survive in this scary new world, she knew she could find in God. Naomi mentioned that she had been thinking about Eve as she laboured on her own for the first time ever – no “What to expect when you’re expecting” book as a guide, no doulas or midwives to advise her and definitely no gas and air!!! That is a scary thought. But she did the only thing she knew would work – asked God for help. And God delivered – He helped Eve give birth to the first baby.
Lets take a leaf out of Eve’s book and walk in her shoes. Whatever changes you are facing (I know I have some pretty scary things like moving house in the next year), lets walk it with God, ask him for help and deal with the change positively. Lets not moan about the change, or complain about why it has happened – it has happened and you can’t change that, but you can change the way you deal with it and approach it.
what do we think of eve?
So we have now spent a whole six weeks studying this mysterious woman, Eve. The first ever woman. My initial thoughts about Eve from what I knew was that she was a bit weak, feeble, easily misled and the one who brought womankind down. But after this time I see the incredible strength Eve must have had to face new worlds, new situations and taking the brunt of punishment for her actions. I see what God initially intended for women – to be equal, loved and cherished by their husbands and a vital helper that man couldn’t live without. This is an amazing picture, and I have a lot more respect for Eve now. Maybe you’ve discovered something different, so please do share below. (You can also watch Naomi’s video of her Eve thoughts here)
As a brief interlude, we will be dropping in on the life of Noah’s Wife. Not much is said about her, but I wonder what was going through her mind during this well loved story in the bible. You can join us by meditating on this verse:
“On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.” Genesis 7:13
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