Character Studies

Lesson 2

EVE

 

"The Lord God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'" (Genesis 2:18)

Text: Genesis 2:18-5:2

Name: "life" or "living"

Date: Beginning of the creation

Place: Garden of Eden

Key: Mother of all living

HER NAMES
Genesis 2:23, 5:2; 3:20
Woman: Generic description of her relation to man - Gen. 2:18, 21-22; 1 Cor. 11:8-9
Adam: Her "married" name alludes to her unity with her husband - Gen. 5:2; 2:24; Matt. 19:6
Eve: Her function and destiny - Gen. 3:20; 1 Cor. 11:12; 1 Tim. 2:15

EVE WAS THE FIRST…
First woman - Gen. 2:18, 21-22; 1 Tim. 2:13
First wife - Gen. 2:23-24; 1 Pet. 3:1
First mother - Gen. 3:16; 4:1-2; 1 Tim. 2:15
First to be deceived by Satan - Gen. 3:1-6; 1 Tim. 2:14
First to actually commit sin - Gen. 3:1-6

THE TEMPTING OF EVE
Genesis 3:1-6
Eve was deceived by Satan - Gen. 3:13; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:14
Satan lied to her about God's word and God's character
Eve was lured by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life
Eve took the lead in committing sin

THE RESULTS OF HER SIN
Genesis 3:7-16
Eve experienced spiritual death
Eve experienced the shame and guilt of sin
Eve blamed her sin on the serpent
The pain of children bearing would increase
Her desire would be to her husband and he would rule over her
Eve did not lose her faith in God - Gen. 4:1, 25

THE SEED OF WOMAN
Genesis 3:15
Satan would ultimately be defeated by her seed, Christ - Gal. 4:4; 1 Jno. 3:8

LESSONS FOR US

God intends us to experience happiness and contentment in all of His blessings (for instance, marriage).
We must be on guard against temptation and sin even in the best of circumstances.
God never lies and we must never question His integrity.
A woman's role is not to rule over man, but to submit to his rule.
Although God caused childbearing to occur with pain, He also blessed it with great joy.

CLASS DISCUSSION

1. Does the name "Eve" carry any meaning for us? Physically? Spiritually?

2. Why and how are husband and wife "one flesh?" (cf. Eph. 5:28-29)

3. Did Eve ever question her contentment? How do you know? What is the lesson for us?

4. What does it mean "your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you"? (Gen. 3:16)

5. Why weren't fig leaves enough covering for Adam and Eve? (Gen. 3:7, 21)

6. Do you believe Eve was the loveliest woman who ever lived? If so, why? (Gen. 2:22-23; 1 Pet. 3:3-6)