A Marriage Made In Paradise
Published on May 14, 2010 By KFC Kickin For Christ In Religion

Last weekend I was asked to speak at a woman's luncheon for Mother's Day.  When I inquired as to what they wished for a subject matter they left it up to me.  So I thought about it for a day or so.  Then I came up with Eve.  Why not?  Afterall she was the mother of us all.  Since I've never heard a Mother's Day Sermon on this topic I decided I'd tackle it myself.   

Woman are important to God and He makes that very clear thru His written Word.  Even so, the message gets clouded by the cultures.  In the Eastern culture we know that women are surpressed.  In the Western culture women are aggressive and domineering more than ever.  During the days of Christ the Jews kept their women as subservient.  I heard that that it's written about the Torah that it would be better to burn it than to teach it to women! 

But what does the bible say about woman's role in society?  What is their purpose?  Jesus did much to elevate women during His time on earth and they loved Him.  It was to a woman He first announced He was the Messiah.  It was to women He first revealed Himself as risen from the dead.  He delivered at least one woman from unjust justice. 

Women were used mightily by God.  I think of Rahab who God used to save two spies facing sure death as a result if caught.  I think of Miriam who was a prophetess and ministered alongside her brother Moses.  Deborah was a judge and leader who was chosen to deliver God's people during the terrible days of the Judges.  Esther helped save her people, the Jews, from sure extermination and Lydia was a business woman who was instrumental in starting a first century church out of her home. 

So we come to Eve.  We know very little of this first lady.  We do know she was God's final creative work in the first week.  She was also a companion for Adam.  But there's more. 

Everything started out well in the garden although it didn't end that way thanks to Eve and her husband.  Eve led her husband into direct violation of God's revealed will to them.  So they were banished from Paradise.  She is a very human portraid of falling into sin but also of picking up the faith afterwards. 

She was created for a unique role in creation.  She was to minister to Adam and with Adam being his help-mate.  She was designed to complete him as well as assist him.  We read this in Genesis 1:26-28:

"And God said Let us make man in our image after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.  And God blessed them and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." 

Did you see the word "them?"  This was for both of them. A job for two.  These things were too great for them to do alone.  We see a few things about God's purposes for mankind here. 

1.  To be like Him; to reflect God's image in creation.  It took both of them to do this.  We think of God as a He and that pronoun is used but it takes both man and woman to accurately reflect God's image.  We think of God as mighty, powerful, just, logical, strong, etc. but He's also depicted in scripture as loving, tenderhearted, merciful, gracious etc.  We see both male and female characteristics in Him. 

2.  They were to rule over creation.  They were given authority over all the earth.  Together.

3.  They were to reproduce; be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.  Together.

So zooming in on Eve let's look at why she was created.  What is her purpose for being created?  Gen 2:18-22:

"And the Lord said It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper for him.  And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them and whatsoever Adam called every living creature that was the name.  And Adam gave names to all cattle and to the fowl of the air and to every beast of the field but for Adam there was not found a helper for him.  And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh.  And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman and brought her to the man." 

1.  Adam was not complete by himself.

2.  It was not good.  Even in Paradise something was not good.  Seven times, it was mentioned in the first chapter after God created, God said that "it was good" until we get here to 2:18 which says "it was not good." 

3.  Man was completed with need.  He was created incomplete.  He was made complete with Eve. 

4.  She was to be a helper suitable for him. 

Looking a bit further we can see some principles for the marriage relationship right here that brought this first couple together in Holy Matrimony. 

Genesis 2:23-24

"And Adam said this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh."

We see that God brought Eve to Adam.  It wasn't Adam's job to find a mate which makes me wonder looking around today at all the broken marriages.  How many consulted God in the choosing of their mate?   What would it have been like if they did?  God know more than we do so why don't we ask Him first?  

Unlike the animals she was like him.  She was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.  She was perfect for him.  The relationship necessitated him to leave his mother and father.  Obviously this was meant for future generations because these two were a special first couple with no parents.  This marriage required cleaving and the Hebrew word implies "to be joined by commitment."   Marriage is a commitment not a feeling or an emotion.  We need to stick it out, stay together and work things out as much as possible with us. 

Marriage results in being one together.  This one flesh points to the physical body but in principle also includes all that a person is; mind, emotions, will etc.  One cares for the other as one would care for oneself. 

And marriage results in nakedness without shame.  They had no shame.  They were naked and it was good.  This, again, goes beyond the physical.  We need to be open and up front with each other.  There should be no hiding, no secrets from each other. 

So everything started out well.  Until Eve was tempted.  Then everything changed.  She entered into a discussion with a serpent.  Is it no wonder women and snakes don't get along today?  We'll start there next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments (Page 1)
on May 14, 2010

I've always wondered why Eve is considered such a bad example by most people.  I agree with you, she was the first to eat the forbidden fruit, then tempted Adam, but she later not only rose above that act, but became the woman she was meant to be.

I've heard people say that Eve was somehow an afterthought for God.. that He decided to create woman as a result of some realized mistake.  Like God looked down and thought.  "WOW, I made a male and female of all species, how did I miss that?  My bad." ;~D

But we know from Genesis 1:26-28 that He actually created both at the same time.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.   28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Of course he placed their bodies into the garden at different times, using the dust of the earth to create a body for Adam and a rib from Adam's side to create a body for Eve. 

This teaches us that God didn't put one before the other... and as you point out, Chris never once taught that women should be considered lower than men.

To me Eve is more an inspiration than a villain.  She had every reason to completely shun God.  She could have blamed Him for every hardship she went through after being cast out of the Garden of Eden.  She could have whined that her punishment was too severe and taught her kids to resent God and the life they have.. in fact, she could very well have refused to obey the 'Be fruitful and mulitiply" commandment.

Where would mankind be if she didn't humble herself and repent from the evil she committed?

 

on May 15, 2010

He actually created both at the same time

No he couldn't have. Remember Chap 1 is an overview and Chap 2 is topical so it centers around the creation of the first couple only in Chap 2.    He had to put Adam to sleep so Adam was created first.  Also Paul wrote:

"For Adam was first formed then Eve."  1 Timothy 2:13

We can't know exactly the diff between the time periods but we can see that God made mention:

"it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper."  2:18 and

"Adam gave names to all cattle and to the fowl of the air and to every beast of the field but for Adam there was no heper for him."  2:20

So thy couldn't have been made at the same time.   And if you look at 2:15-18 you'll see it was only Adam that God put into the garden first and only Adam that he gave the command to.  It was only Adam who named all the animals (must have taken some time) and then he put him to sleep creating Eve from his rib. 

but yes, God had in mind right from the beginning that both would be created so it's as you said it wasn't a mistake and I imagine Adam was some excited to wake up from that nap! 

To me Eve is more an inspiration than a villain.

She was human.  I think we can learn from each other's mistakes more than anything.  I see Eve's failure here but soon I will show her faith after the fall. 

All too often male Preachers love to preach on the Proverbs 31 woman.  It's like the perfect example of womanhood that is not attainable.  Woman groan when they hear of her. Solomon wrote that piece but he himself having had 1,000 wives still never found this perfect woman.   But Eve is someone we can all relate to and I've never once heard a Mother's Day sermon on her.  Have you? 

Where would mankind be if she didn't humble herself and repent from the evil she committed?

I don't see her humbleness until she had Seth. Is that where you see it?  Then I think she finally got it.  I'll explain what I mean when I continue onto the next section. 

 

on May 15, 2010

You are assuming that their bodies were made the same time as their spirits.  Adam's body was made of the dust of the earth, but his spirit wasn't.  Eve's body was formed from one of Adam's ribs, but her spirit isn't from a rib.

All too often male Preachers love to preach on the Proverbs 31 woman.  It's like the perfect example of womanhood that is not attainable. 

I guess that depends on what preachers you are listening to.

I don't see her humbleness until she had Seth. Is that where you see it?  Then I think she finally got it.  I'll explain what I mean when I continue onto the next section. 

Cain and Abel were both raised to offer sacrifices.  We have no record of exactly who taught them to do that, but it's a fair guess that they were taught by their parents.  Cain didn't just pop into existance when he offered the rejected sacrifice.  In fact, if he wasn't ever taught how an acceptable sacrifice was to be done, he never would have known he was rebelling.

on May 15, 2010

You are assuming that their bodies were made the same time as their spirits. Adam's body was made of the dust of the earth, but his spirit wasn't. Eve's body was formed from one of Adam's ribs, but her spirit isn't from a rib

Well that's how it looks when you read it.  God created Adam and then breathed into him.  I can't see anything that says they were created at the same time as I outlined above. 

I guess that depends on what preachers you are listening to.

many different ones over the years and from diff denominations.  Popular Mother's Day Sermons seem to either be the story of Hannah or the Proverbs 31 Virtuous Woman but I've heard others around Ruth and Naomi, Mary and Jesus at the wedding of Cana etc.  I've just never heard one on Eve before and she was named Eve by Adam because she was the mother of all living.  What kind of messages do you hear on Mother's Day? 

Cain and Abel were both raised to offer sacrifices

Ya, but I'm not going to go that far.  My subject is more centered around Eve.  But the story of Cain and Abel is very interesting.  There is a debate centered around what was offered and why Cain's was not accepted. 

 

on May 16, 2010

So are you saying that creating Eve was some "plan B" that God had to come up with after realizing he didn't create a female human?   Do you think that God's plan was frustrated when Eve ate the fruit?

on May 17, 2010

So are you saying that creating Eve was some "plan B" that God had to come up with after realizing he didn't create a female human? Do you think that God's plan was frustrated when Eve ate the fruit?

no to both.  How do you get that I think that from reading what I wrote?  Did you not read when I said this: 

but yes, God had in mind right from the beginning that both would be created so it's as you said it wasn't a mistake

All I'm saying is like I wrote in #2 it's clear they were made separately.  Not together as you first mentioned.  It's not even a debatable topic because it's written so clearly so I'm not understanding your point here. 

on Jun 01, 2010

 

Woman are important to God and He makes that very clear thru His written Word.

True....Hmmmm....so why not one word in your entire article about the most important Mother of all.....The Blessed Virgin Mary?

Afterall, the Blessed Virgin Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Word became flesh.

 

As Adam was a type of Jesus Christ, Romans 5:14, Eve was a type of Our Lady. Through Adam, sin and death came to all mankind; and through Jesus Christ we have received grace and eternal life. Eve consented to sin, and by her fiat, the Blessed Virgin Mary consented to redemption by consenting to becoming the Mother of the Redeemer. Eve, by her sin, brought misery on mankind, and the Blessed Mother through her Son brought salvation. 

Eve was, in a natural sense, according to the flesh, the mother of all the living and the Blessed Mother Mary was so in a supernatural sense the spiritual Mother of all the faithful. 

 

 

 

 

 

on Jun 01, 2010

the Blessed Mother Mary was so in a supernatural sense the spiritual Mother of all the faithful.

you can back this up with scripture? 

True....Hmmmm....so why not one word in your entire article about the most important Mother of all.....The Blessed Virgin Mary?

Did you notice that it says in Gen 3:20 that Eve is the mother of ALL living?  Never says that about Mary.  And she's not the most important Mother of all.  She's important yes, but not the most important even though it says she is blessed AMONG women.  If it wasn't for Eve, Mary wouldn't even have been here. 

Afterall, the Blessed Virgin Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Word became flesh.

Where in the world did you get this from?  Scripture please?   Mary married the Holy Spirit?  Are you kidding? I've never ever heard such a thing nor can it be backed up with scripture.   So Mary committed adultery when she married Joseph? 

 

 

 

 

on Jun 01, 2010

Woman are important to God and He makes that very clear thru His written Word.

She's important yes, but not the most important even though it says she is blessed AMONG women.

But not the most important you say? .......Who then is more important than the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Oh wait....you've already answered...in your estimation Eve is. How incredibly sad!

As I said.....not one word in your entire article about the most important Mother of all...the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

on Jun 02, 2010

.......Who then is more important than the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Oh wait....you've already answered...in your estimation Eve is. How incredibly sad!

the only reason you're saying such things Lula is because of your Mary worship of her.  It's an emotional issue with you because of your training.  I know because I was going in that direction.  I clearly remember well my devotion (misplaced) when it came to Mary as well.  It's part of the RCC catechism. 

God gives each one of us gifts and talents.  We are all unique.  She's  unique in the fact she was used as a vessel to birth the Savior.  No one else can claim that.  Eve is unique because she was  created as the first woman with no mother or father and she came from man where the rest of us come thru women.  No one else can claim what Eve went thru.  Same with Esther, Ruth, Hannah etc. 

Even Eve recognized the Savior would come from her when she said what she said at the birth of Seth (if you read my third entry on this subject).   She knew the seed would come from her initially thru Seth.  Mary came from Ruth's line and so forth.  If it wasn't for Ruth there would be no Mary.  If it wasn't for Eve there would have been no Ruth.   

I noticed you never gave any scripture reference to my requests for it.  This is where scripture and tradition part ways Lula.  Let's stick to scripture and we should be able to mostly agree. 

 

 

on Jun 02, 2010

.......Who then is more important than the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Oh wait....you've already answered...in your estimation Eve is. How incredibly sad!

Your continuance in holding up Eve shows that you still stubbornly refuse to accept the obvious.

 

 

 

 

on Jun 02, 2010

Afterall, the Blessed Virgin Mary was the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Word became flesh.

Where in the world did you get this from? Scripture please?

It's there. Prophesied in Isaias and fulfilled in St. Luke and St. Matthew.

 

on Jun 02, 2010

lula

.......Who then is more important than the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Oh wait....you've already answered...in your estimation Eve is. How incredibly sad!

the only reason you're saying such things Lula is because of your Mary worship of her

False accusation.

It would go a long way in your theological growth to learn the difference between worshipping and honoring the Mother of God.

It is precisely because she is the Mother of Jesus Christ that Catholics honor her (while it's obvious you don't to the point of neglect as least as far as your article is concerned)!

 

on Jun 02, 2010

Prophesied in Isaias and fulfilled in St. Luke and St. Matthew.

soooooo that's it?  That's how you back up your statement with scripture?  Hmmmmm. 

Let me ask again... where in scripture does it say that Mary was married to the Holy Spirit? 

Where does it say that Mary is the mother of all the spiritual? 

I showed you exactly where it says Eve was the mother of all living (Gen 3:20).  So far you haven't proven your end of things.  There's a reason for your skirting the issue.  It's all tradition Lula.  Not scriptural. 

Besides...this article was about Eve.  Not Mary.

 

on Jun 02, 2010

.......Who then is more important than the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Oh wait....you've already answered...in your estimation Eve is. How incredibly sad!
Your continuance in holding up Eve shows that you still stubbornly refuse to accept the obvious.

You know what's really sad Lula?  Someone who is so indoctrinated by a religion they don't see the obvious nor would they accept it if it were shown them.  That is really sad. 

 

 

 

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