E is for Eve

eli-defario-eve-webWas it really all her fault?

Eve is usually the fall girl in the story of Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden. After all, if she hadn’t coerced Adam into eating that fateful apple, we’d all be living in perfection and having a grand ol’ time, right?

It’s true Satan targeted her. But why her and not Adam? We’re not told. But Satan goaded her into taking fruit from one of the two forbidden trees in the Garden of Eden. One tree was the Tree of Life. The other was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was from the latter tree that the dastardly deed was done.

So whatever happened to Eve and her guy, Adam, after they both disobeyed the one rule God laid down for them? We know they were banished from the garden to live outside of the perfection of God. I’ll talk more about that on G-week for Garden of Eden.

But we shouldn’t assume God turned his back on them. Oh no. Quite the contrary. Just because they weren’t allowed to remain in the presence of a perfect and holy God doesn’t mean they were completely abandoned to live on their own.

What became of Adam, we don’t really know. But we do know Eve continued to try and be faithful to God despite her colossal FAIL. The first is when she gave birth to Cain.

Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, ‘I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.’ ~Gen. 4:1

After Cain, she gave birth again to Able. And even though that sibling rivalry didn’t turn out so well, she continued to thank God when she gave birth to her third son, Seth.

Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth [which literally means “appointed”], for, she said, ‘God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.’ ~Gen. 4:25

Even though Eve gave in to Satan’s temptations that permanently changed the course of her life, she continued to try and have faith and be true to God from that point forward.

We can learn by her example. Even though we screw up and allow Satan to wreak havoc in our lives, we can turn around at any time and go back to being faithful, seeking His guidance, asking for forgiveness and grace, and believing in God’s promises to provide.

Because he is the God of second, third and fourth (and more) chances!

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9 thoughts on “E is for Eve

  1. Hi Lisa! Good question. I believe that this story is just metamorphic as are many stories in the bible. The message is real, but the facts are not.The story is to show humanity that we need the perfect human being Jesus to teach us.

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  2. ” The other was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

    I’ve always felt that this story represented our free will to choose right from wrong. And like you, believe that we are forgiven and are given more chances, as long we LEARN.

    Well written, Lisa!

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  3. I remember another reading of this in that the important verse is 3:22 “…behold, the man is become as one of us…” We now have the potential to become more than what we were created as, to be as god. Admittedly it may take a billion years or so:-)

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  4. It’s easy for me because although I think the Bible was inspired the recorders were, ummmm, MEN with a capital M and the old testament didn’t even have the the example of Jesus yet. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that Eve got the blame in the story (even a divinely inspired story)for original sin. However, I don’t take the Bible literally so as I said it’s easy for me. And of course my opinion is just that, an opinion, an unasked for one at that. Good take on the letter E. Cheers

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