Eve. The First Woman.

Eve was a wife, mother, companion, helper, and co-manager of God's creation.

Let's start at the very beginning to learn more abut Eve.

Hop over to Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth — everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.' Genesis 1:26-31

Eve was created on the 6th day

The first woman, who we all came into the world by was created on the 6th day.

In the 2nd chapter of Genesis it actually goes back to before Eve was created. Look into verse 15.

The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” Genesis 2:15-18

Eve was created to be a helper.

The Hebrew word used for 'helper' is the word Ezer ("ay-zer "). It does not suggest 'helper' as in 'servant,' but helper as in rescuer, essential companion.

God designed man and woman to be perfect for one another. They each are different, but both reveal the characteristics as Christ and the Church.

"-for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body." (Ephesians 5:23)

Read Genesis 2:19-20

Let's keep reading in Genesis! God gave Adam a task to keep him busy. He starts naming all the animals in verses 19 and 20. But Adam doesn't find that perfect Ezer. Because God hasn't created her yet. Be patient Adam!!

So God does something amazing. He puts Adam into a deep sleep.

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. Genesis 2:21-22

God didn't name Eve.

Eve actually gets her name deeper into the story.

I don't want to leave the rest of this part out, because these are really the only few verses we have that tell us about Eve. So let's continue reading!

Read Genesis 3:1

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’? ”

How does the enemy attack us most of the time? With the same taunting questions. "Did God really say that?" The enemy knows us and he knows the Bible. So of course he can use the same persuasion on us as he did with Eve.

Read Genesis 3:2-3

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’

Go Eve!! I'm so proud that she actually rebuked him first thing. I think this was an act of inner obedience that she had learned from a personal relationship with God.

But then the serpent, aka Satan, tricks her into thinking against her better judgment.

Read Genesis 3:4

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Eve wanted to gain wisdom

We know that the enemy attacks us with personal desires, so when Satan used this phrase to emphasize that her “eyes will be opened” and she will know “good and evil,” Eve probably wanted to be wiser. I'm assuming she desired to be smarter so she sought out wisdom. But sadly, it was in the wrong place.

Read Genesis 3:6

Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom.

How often do we lean on our own understanding and knowledge of others when making decisions? We think we know best. And I think we get that trait straight from Eve.

So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Big mistake.

Read Genesis 3:7

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Eve was the very first seamstress

A lot of my research on Eve made me think that she made the clothes which they hid themselves with. Which would have made her the first seamstress!

And the story continues to explain that they "hid" (que exaggerated quotation marks) themselves from God.

Read Genesis 3:8

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Like, they knew they couldn't hide from God. But how often do we try to hide things from our Heavenly Father?

Eve then gets caught red handed and God tells them what they’ve done.

Read Genesis 3:8-16

God tells Eve that she is going to have labor pains and that every child will be through painful effort.

Eve was the first mom. Ever.

Eve is the first mother so she had to do this all on her own. We know she had 3 sons; Cain, Abel, and Seth.

It says in Genesis 5:4 that he fathered other sons and daughters. I read an article where a Jewish Historian wrote that Adam and Eve had 33 sons and 23 daughters. Not sure if that is true, but, I found that interesting! Can you imagine having that many kids?

And then there’s the thought of those kids having other kids. Eve had a whole lot of kids and grandkids, which made her the first grandmother as well.

Read Genesis 3:20

Her name

The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Her name is actually more of a verb than a noun. Eve means the mother of all living, but the root word for Eve actually means “to breathe” or “to live.”

Read Genesis 3:21

I just love that even though God disciplines us, He still shows grace. By making better clothes for them it's a sign that He will still love and provide for them.

This is the first recorded physical death in Scripture, even of an animal. No death is explicitly recorded until after human sin. God Himself is the one who takes the animal's life to provide warmth and covering for the humans. Later in Genesis, God will require the sacrifice of animals to provide a blood covering for human sin. Eventually, Jesus' Himself would bleed and die to provide a final covering for the sins of all who would trust in Him for salvation

Eve confesses God is Lord.

She had a unique relationship with God. I can only imagine how intimate her relationship with him was, that she actually got to physically walk with Him. Oh, that would be amazing! And I never really thought about this, but she never had a earthly father, God was her father.

After going through birthing her first born, alone, with no physical guidance, Eve says that she had a child “with the Lord’s help!”

Here are some things that we can learn from Eve.

Eve and all women share in God’s image. Feminine qualities are a part of God’s reflection. God uses women and men in an amazing way For His glory!

God wants us to choose Him freely, just like He gave Eve a choice to stay content with Him, she chose to go her own way. But God used her mistakes to create beauty from ashes.

Nothing we do can ever truly hide us from a holy and living God. Even if we try to hide in some trees or bushes, he knows us, because He created us.

And even if we blame others for things, it doesn’t really benefit us. We must accept our own responsibilities for our mistakes and actions.

So what have you learned from Eve?