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Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:18-25
Eve, the Mother of All Living
1. Eve is the prototype female, a distinction with many “firsts.”
2. Eve is best remembered for her encounter with Satan (Gen. 3:1-8).
3. There are many additional lessons to learn from this unique woman.
4. Key passages: Genesis 2-3; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13-15
I. EVE IS IDENTIFIED AS:
A. Woman, Gen. 2:23.
1. Woman: Generic description (its use is associated with Eve’s relation to Adam, a relation she was created to fulfill, Gen. 2:18.
2. Lit. means “man-ess” (cf. lion-ess); Female. cf. Gender identity agenda: We know the difference.
3. Woman is for man and from man, 1 Cor. 11:8-9 (Gen. 2:18, 21-22).
B. Adam, Gen. 5:1-2 (KJV).
1. Inclusive name; “mankind” (NKJV); Married name (Gen. 2:24).
2. Divine will for husband/wife is more than a casual relationship; it is an enduring unity, Matt. 19:6 (Rom. 7:2). One flesh (Eph. 5:28-29).
3. Feminism attacks marriage and its unity: Ms. (not Mrs.); Hyphenated names (Hillary Rodham-Clinton); Independence, not the headship and interdependence of marriage, 1 Cor. 11:3, 11-12.
C. Eve, Gen. 3:20.
1. Her function and destiny (lit., “Life,” “Living”); Mother of all living.
2. Both physically and spiritually:
a. Physically: Her life is in us all, 1 Cor. 11:12; 1 Tim. 2:15 (God-given role and salvation).
b. Spiritually: Her seed (Christ) crushes Satan and gives spiritual life (Christ), Gen. 3:15.
II. EVE WAS:
A. The First Woman, Gen. 2:18, 21-22; 1 Tim. 2:13.
1. Every woman is a daughter of Eve | Every man is a son of Eve.
2. Woman is not the leader of the human race, but the compliment and completion of humanity.
3. “The man was dust refined, but the woman was dust double refined.” (George Herbert)
4. When something was “not good” God created woman to make it “very good.” (Men and women have distorted what is very good.)
5. Gospel honors and exalts women; World distorts.
B. The First Wife, Gen. 2:23-24; 1 Pet. 3:1, 5-6.
1. Role of wife and her submission to her husband is scorned by humanists and attacked by feminists.
2. Established by God; Godly wives obey and godly husbands praise their wives her for it, Eph. 5:22-25; Prov. 31:10-11, 28 (12:4).
C. The First Mother, Gen. 4:1-2, 25.
1. She knew joys and sorrows of motherhood (Luke 2:19, 34-35, 51).
2. She knew the agony of children at war with each other; Being separated from her child because of his sin (Cain, Gen. 4:16); and the comfort of faithful children and grandchildren (Gen. 4:25-26).
D. The First Beauty Queen, Gen. 2:22-23.
1. Without flaw, God created Eve as He wanted woman to be; Eve was a portrait of divine perfection.
2. Her beauty was not artificial; Her features, form, and character were the purest and loveliest women have ever had.
3. You surpass the outer beauty of Eve when you emphasize your inner beauty, 1 Pet. 3:3-4 (Prov. 31:30).
E. The First to be Tempted (Deceived) by Satan, 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:14 (Gen. 3:1-7).
1. Spiritual sensibility was dulled and trust in God was diminished.
2. We face the same temptations (overcome in Christ, 1 Cor. 10:13).
F. The First Sinner, 1 Tim. 2:14.
1. Spiritual death resulted, Gen. 2:16; Rom. 6:23.
2. Rom. 5:12: Adam did not warn or prevent her. Instead, he joined her in sin with eyes wide open. Adam is described as the one through whom sin entered the world (head of woman and progenitor of the human race).
G. The First Seamstress, Gen. 3:7, 21.
1. Sin exposed their shame and they tried to cover their nakedness.
2. Thought they covered their nakedness (shame of sin), but wasn’t.
3. Many think they are clothed when their private parts are covered, but they are not. Immodest before God and others, 1 Tim. 2:9-10.
4. We must dress to not expose the shame of our nakedness.
1. Though Eve sinned, she would express faith in God’s love, mercy, and provisions, Gen. 4:25 (Seth, “appointed” by God).
2. Her seed (Christ) defeats Satan, Gen. 3:15.
3. From Eve we learn:
a. To believe and obey God above our desires and enticements.
b. God is merciful, forgiving, and gives (eternal) life through her Seed.
By: Joe R. Price
Posted May 4, 2022