How would you like to
have been the first mother? What would it have been
like to be the mother of all mothers? What can we
learn from her? I think Eve gets a lot of bad
publicity especially in our day of let's play the
blame game mentality.
THE FIRST WOMAN
She was the product
of divine creation
Eve was not born as other
women are born. She was never a baby, never a child
or daughter or maiden. The first female born was
"Then God said, 'Let Us
make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . .
. .' God created man in His own image, in the image
of God He created him; male and female He created
them" (Genesis 1:26a, 27). This is the summit of
creation. No animal can knowingly "glorify God, and
enjoy Him forever." Only man has an awareness of
God's presence. "God is spirit, and those who
worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John
4:24). Mankind has a spirit life, a
"God-consciousness" because he alone is created in
the image of God and His likeness. There was
something unique about the creation of man, and that
uniqueness is God's image in man. (All Scripture is
quoted from the New American Standard Bible, NASB
1995 Update unless otherwise noted).
The root idea of "image"
is a "shadow," outlined resemblance, a profile or
definite resemblance. Man created in the image of
God has intelligence, emotion, will, a spiritual
nature. The Reformers saw that image as knowledge,
righteousness, and holiness. Only men and women
because they are created in the image of God can
have fellowship with God. The only exact
representation of that image is in the person of
Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:3). In Christ we view the
perfect man with that divine image.
Eve was "fashioned" out
for Adam. She was a perfect woman in her innocence.
Read how beautifully Moses records her creation in
Genesis 2:18-22. "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not
good for the man to be alone; I will make him a
helper suitable for him.' Out of the ground the Lord
God formed every beast of the field and every bird
of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what
he would call them; and whatever the man called a
living creature, that was its name. The man gave
names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the
sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam
there was not found a helper suitable for him. So
the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the
man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and
closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God
fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken
from the man, and brought her to the man."
Eve was God's special
creation for Adam. Not a single one of the animals
in creation was like Adam. Eve was prepared for
Adam. Adam's companion was specially created by God
in God's image so she could have communion with God
and Adam. Men and women are different, but they are
more alike than anything else in creation.
Sexuality is the result
of the creative act of God. He intended it to be
something beautiful and wholesome. Maleness
and femaleness is in God's design. Men are to be
men, and women are to be women. It is not the other
way around. Men are not women. Women are not men.
How tragic when men try to be women and women try to
be men. Obviously you cannot reproduce that way.
That should be a clear revelation that anyone who
would try to change our sexual nature and dynamics
is wrong. How can they possibly become "one flesh"
as God intended husband and wife to be?
Eve was the most
beautiful woman created. She represents divine
perfection. In a summary passage Moses said, "God
created man in His own image, in the image of God He
created him; male and female He created them. . .
And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was
very good . . ." (1:27, 31). I think God saw in Eve
the loveliest woman ever made. Her face, features
and form were incredibly beautiful. I think even far
more beautiful than the woman who recently won the
Miss Universe Pageant.
Adam saw her beauty and
wrote the first love poem to a woman. Genesis 2:23
"This is now bone of my
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out
Eve was someone beautiful
in body, mind and spirit. If you love beautiful
women, I think she would have been a delight to be
THE FIRST WIFE
Adam named the
Her name means "living"
or "life," and she was the "mother of all the
living" (3:20). She is life giving. The first family
probably had many sons and daughters because Adam
lived 930 years. We do not know how old Eve was when
she died, but we can surmise that she lived probably
about as long as Adam. God gave them the
responsibility of populating the earth (Gen.
1:27-28). "God created man in His own image, in the
image of God He created him; male and female He
created them. God blessed them; and God said to
them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,
and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the sky and over every living
thing that moves on the earth.'"
How would you have liked
to be the first mother? Have you ever thought about
what her life would have been like? I wonder how she
parented. We parent the way we were parented until
God reparents us. Eve started from scratch.
God designed Eve to
be a "helpmeet" for Adam.
"For this reason a man
shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined
to his wife; and they shall become one flesh" (Gen.
She was designed to
complement Adam, not be in stiff competition with
him. She was to be a helper, not a slave. I think
one of the most destructive things that have come
out of the modern feminist movement is the intense
competition created between husbands and wives and
the blurring of parental roles and responsibilities.
Men don't know how to respond because it goes
against nature. Instead of being a helper in far too
many homes she has become his greatest competition.
It is a competitive role instead of a supportive
The Bible beautifully
says, "They shall become one flesh." One of my
professors said, "They are two contrasting entities
becoming one compound unity." Eve is to be a
companion of Adam. The human body is nothing to be
ashamed about. It is something beautiful that God
The apostle Paul uses
this passage when he speaks of the church as the
body of Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32).
Divorce was not in
Jesus accepted the
historical credibility of Genesis. In Matthew 19:4-9
he spoke of divorce and said it was granted only
because of the "hardness of heart." We have divorces
only because mankind rebelled against the laws of
God. Selfishness destroys marriages. You cannot
worship at the shrine of self and have a strong
healthy marriage and family.
A woman has the power to
bless or destroy a man's life. She can either love,
cherish, honor and build him up or tear him down and
finish him off. May God help us to refocus our lives
and our marriages on priorities that build strong
THE FIRST WOMAN
WITHOUT SIN (3:1-5)
Eve had no
You and I are born
depraved. We start life with a strong deadly bent
toward sin. It is our sinful nature. The Psalmist
David wrote in Psalm 51:5;
"Behold, I was brought
forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother
David's mother was not
involved in an immoral act. Man's condition is that
he is a partaker of a sinful nature from the moment
of his birth (and conception). Our nature is
egocentric or self-centered. We are born desiring
our own way, rather than God's will. Adam's sin left
humanity with a corrupt nature that is in bondage to
sin and under condemnation. We sin because we are
sinners. It is our nature to sin. We were conceived
in sin and by nature children of wrath, the servants
of sin, the subjects of death and eternally lost
unless the Lord Jesus Christ sets us free by His
sovereign saving grace.
God in love gave Adam a
commandment, even before Eve was created (2:15-17).
"Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the
Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord
God commanded the man, saying, 'From any tree of the
garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in
the day that you eat from it you will surely die.'"
Eve was pure and innocent
in the Garden of Eden. There were no hidden
surprises for Adam and Eve. God did not suddenly
change the rules on them. There were no hidden
agendas. God strictly told them this "tree" was off
limits. It is His garden!
Temptation in itself is
not sin. Satan made it look so beautiful to defy
God's Word. He lied and is still telling the same
lie even to this day. He is always disguising
himself as the "shinning one" (3:1). He makes his
temptations so inviting with the fun, thrills, and
excitement as if God wants to cheat you out of the
best in life.
The process is always the
same. Satan tries to tell every woman that God is
cheating you out of the best life has to offer. He
wants to make it so inviting as to subtly insist
that the grass is always greener in some other home
and with someone else's husband or job or position
or someone else's children. Satan has a better offer
of a perfect husband, a perfect home and perfect
environment, perfect children with perfect features
and of course perfect behavior. Why Eve you can have
it all and you won't have to wait. You can have it
now. No discipline, no cross, no discomfort, no
pain, it is all yours if you want it. Here take eat!
It is yours.
Satan led her to doubt
God's Word. Her husband didn't help. He didn't
refute the false assumptions and hypothesis that
Satan offered. If it makes you feel good do it! They
didn't stop to ask what is the worse thing that
could happen if ___________? Yes, Eve you are free
to choose, but you are not free to choose the
consequences of your actions.
Men and women are always
choosing what they think is in their best interest.
They freely choose, but it is based on wrong
thinking. Jonathan Edwards said the problem is not
with the will itself because the will always chooses
what it thinks is best. The will is always free and
always chooses what it judges best in any situation.
The problem for the will
is what Martin Luther termed the "bondage of the
will." The problem is with our moral nature. We are
"dead in trespasses and sins" which is opposed to
God. Our sinful motives flow from our corrupt sinful
nature. The sinner always makes the wrong choices.
Because of our fallen sin nature we resist and
reject God’s best choice for us. Since the will is
simply the mind making choices on what it thinks is
best for the individual it is terribly influenced by
its depravity. Unless the grace of God intervenes no
one chooses God or embraces the free offer of
salvation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
We always want our will and our way and left to our
sinful choices we would never ask God for salvation.
Did you notice in verse
three that Eve added to what God originally said?
"You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you
die." That clearly indicates that she knew the truth
and in her mind had guarded against going near the
beautiful tree. God said, "you shall not eat" from
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve
thought well if I don't touch I won't eat.
Satan came right out and
contradicted God (v. 4-5). He lied. He is always
lying and bending the truth to fit his own schemes.
Eve saw, she coveted, she
took, she ate and she became the world's first
THE WORLD'S FIRST
Eve chose to give up her
innocence for thorns, thistles and tears. The
process of sin is still the same. "When the woman
saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was
desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit
and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her,
and he ate."
When Adam saw it was safe
he joined in the fun and ate it up, too. Adam as the
federal head of the human race led his whole family
down the long slide of sin and depravity. In Adam we
all sin. He is the head of our family until we are
adopted into God's family.
Romans 5:12-15 should
wake us up. "Therefore, just as through one man sin
entered into the world, and death through sin, and
so death spread to all men, because all sinned—for
until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not
imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death
reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who
had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of
Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the
free gift is not like the transgression. For if by
the transgression of the one the many died, much
more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace
of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many."
The image in mankind was
defaced, but not destroyed by sin at the fall
(Genesis 3). Mankind today is not what God fully
intended him to be. The effects of the Fall are seen
on every level of our lives. When a person is
regenerated or born again he is restored
spiritually. It is like being raised from the dead.
Man is in spiritual essence made in the image of
God. He is like God in his spiritual nature. We know
what the image is like when we study man before the
fall, the perfect man Jesus, and the new man
regenerated by the Holy Spirit when he is born
again. We "put on the new self who is being renewed
to a true knowledge according to the image of the
One who created him— a renewal in which there is no
distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and
freeman, but Christ is all, and in all" (Colossians
3:10-11). The believer is being "conformed to the
likeness of His Son" (Rom. 8:29). God makes a new
Eve was the first
She was the first woman
to use cover up. "Then the eyes of both of them were
opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they
sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin
coverings." The only problem is it didn't work. "Fig
leaves" have never covered the guilt of sin.
There is only one remedy
for sin. God provided the first garments that cover
sin (v. 21). "The Lord God made garments of skin for
Adam and his wife, and clothed them." I think when
He made the coverings He explained that the animal
gave up its life so that they have coverings. Behind
those garments there has been a substitutionary
penal sacrifice by death. His garments of skin
foreshadowed the spotless robe of righteousness that
covers all our sins (2 Cor. 5:21). "God made." It
was His own free gift for Adam and Eve. He took
matters into His own hands and by the shedding of
blood, which is implied, He provided a covering for
them. Even with skins we stand naked if we are not
clothed in the righteousness of Christ. God laid the
foundation for animal sacrifice in those coverings.
THE FIRST WOUNDED
The trail of sorrow and
anguish always follows sin. Cain, her firstborn
became angry and killed Eve's son Abel (4:8). "And
it came about when they were in the field, that Cain
rose up against Abel his brother and killed him."
Eve has the dishonor of being the mother of the
You can imagine the chaos
that was created by the first sin and its evil
affect on the first couple. Home life and the family
were broken up because of sin. Eve had another son
and her name disappears from history but not without
a word of hope.
Eve could identify with
the pain and hurt that some of you are experiencing.
I am sure she felt guilt when she looked at the
consequences of her actions and behavior. She could
say no one knows the grief I have suffered because
of the loss of my two sons. She knew the
embarrassment and damage beyond repair of having a
son become the first murderer in history. She knew
the grief of losing both sons––one to death and the
other to estrangement.
THE WONDERFUL PROMISE
OF THE SEED OF THE WOMAN (3:15)
perfect salvation for a sinning race.
As they stand confronted
with their sin and plead their guilt before God
there is a marvelous promise of redemption. God is
spelling out judgment on Satan when he says in verse
"And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him
on the heel."
Dr. Harold Stigers
writes, "Genesis is the record of God's work of
deliverance from the corruption of original sin
resulting from the Fall . . . . God's redemptive
work began with Gen. 3:15."
Dr. Merill C. Tenny says,
"It may be believed that resurrection faith is at
the center of the paradox of the Savior-man. In the
crushing of the head of the serpent, deliverance was
promised: and in order to effect that deliverance,
the redeemer had to be able to conquer death." He
adds, "How could Christ (the seed of the woman) take
upon Himself the consequences of the serpent's sting
and yet live? Resurrection seems to be the answer."
Death symbolized the
wounding of the heel by Satan and takes place before
the smashing of the head of Satan by the seed of the
woman. The wounding appears to be the death on the
cross, since Christ identified His executioners as
the seed of the serpent. Jesus said, "You are of
your father, the devil, and you want to do the
desires of your father. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because
there is no truth in him . . . " (John 8:44).
This preceding death
makes mandatory the resurrection of the seed of the
woman to perform the smashing of the serpent's head.
Genesis 3:15 is the first
shining light on the horizon of eternal life. It is
the root of Abraham's obedience to the Lord to offer
Isaac as a burnt offering. Why else would he make
such a sacrifice if he did not have the hope before
him that God would raise the son of the promise from
the dead? Abe probably believed the seed of the
woman was the promise of a seed through Isaac.
Abraham "considered that God is able to raise men
even from the dead; from which he also received him
back as a type" (Hebrews 11:19). Jesus said, "Your
father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw
it, and was glad." This promise in Genesis 3:15 was
no doubt the cause of Abraham greeting the "day of
Christ" with glad assurance in John 8:54.
Genesis is more than a
story. It is the record of God's work on behalf of
the redeemed. It is the history of God's redemptive
Romans 16:20, "The God of
peace will soon crush Satan under your feet." That
crushing certainly includes all the labor of Jesus
the Messiah. The hope of the resurrection is as old
as sinful men and is mighty to support them in all
their pilgrimages to heaven. Dr. Harold Stigers,
"Genesis 3:15 has become the most important verse in
all the Bible." The central message of the whole
Bible, old and new covenants, is the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
commentary on Genesis 3:15 is John 3:16.
No doubt, the "seed of
the woman" is referring to the virgin birth of
Christ. The virgin born conquers death, hell and the
grave. Christ will give the deathblow to Satan when
The antagonism between
Jesus and Satan reaches its climax with the bruising
of Jesus and the crushing of Satan and his power.
Donald Barnhouse said,
"When the Lord Jesus Christ was born Stan's hatred
came to white heat. We can see the hatred of Satan
at every point in the earthly story of the life of
our Lord. . . . The child of promise, the seed of
the woman, the branch of David, was born, the
Eternal Word was made flesh. . . . The promises were
fulfilled and Satan bruised the heel of the Lord
Jesus Christ and had his own head crushed in the
The bruising of the Lord
Jesus took place at the cross. Satan had nailed
Jesus to the cross. It was not defeat because three
days later Jesus rose from the tomb triumphantly.
John Gerstner writes,
"While Satan was celebrating his triumph in battle
over the Son of God, the full weight of the
Atonement accomplished by the Crucifixion (which the
devil had effected) came down on him, and he
realized that all this time, so far from
successfully battling against the Almighty, he had
actually been carrying out the purposes of the
Jesus took the place of
the sinner, bearing his punishment, and broke the
power of Satan in the process.
Remember, in Adam
we all die, but in Christ we are all made alive.
Who is your father? To
whose family do belong today? Who is the head of
your family? Adam or Christ.
For a detailed study on
this beautiful promise to Eve read
The Seed of the
Woman in Christ in the Old Testament.
We can learn from
We do not have to go down
the same journey she did. Satan uses the same lies
and the same techniques on us he did on Eve. Let's
learn from her mistakes and put on the whole armor
of God as a defense to defeat Satan in his tracks.
You can overcome temptation today. You can be a
winner in the greatest vocation in life, but you
have to be responsible to build in the safeguards.
No one else can do it for you. Make a commitment of
your life today to be a godly mother. Begin each day
with a determination to let Christ live His life
through you in your home.
Where do the greatest
temptations come to you? In what area of your
marriage, your responsibilities as a wife and mother
are you subtly tempted? What are you doing to make
sure you don't blow it? Is there a temptation at the
office, with coworkers? Or do you sneak off to the
chat lines on the internet thinking no one will ever
know about your secret desires and intrigues.
Nothing is secret on the Internet. Every Webmaster
knows who visits his site. If he is unethical he
gleans your email every time you click on his chat
site or pornography site. Do the soap operas bring
out the worst in you? Or the novels you read? Do
something about it now. Do something now to make a
change in your behavior. Burn the magazines, clean
off your hard drive, get up and do something away
from the TV.
Your marriage and your
commitment to it should be the most important thing
in your life. It is more important than your job or
position or responsibilities in the community. Make
a commitment to yourself to not buy into Satan's
lies about you, your husband and your family.
If you are a
hurting mother take time to heal.
If you are hurting
because of the pain of divorce, grief, emotional
injury or other loss start a support group in your
church. Learn through other women's encouragement.
Get into a healthy women's Bible study. I'm not
talking about a poor is me club. Find a mature,
healthy group of Christ-centered women who love Him
and serve Him. Find true friends who will confront
you with your indiscretions. Grow from your hurt and
reach out to someone else who is hurting to share
God's love and grace.
If your mother is
still living take time and tell her you love her
We need to tell those
that we love how important they are to us now. We
can't afford to wait. My mother said, send me the
roses now, not after I die.
provision of salvation today.
If you have blown it stop
and pray and ask God's forgiveness. Jesus Christ
went to the cross and died for your sins. He wants
to give you His peace right now. He is committed to
your very best.
God saves the whole
person. The context of this great passage of
Scripture on Eve is the creation. Men and women
created in the image of God. God saves us
spiritually first. We acknowledge our need of
salvation, and with conviction confess to Him our
sinfulness, and place our faith in Jesus Christ as
our only possible Savior. Mankind has been running
from God ever since Adam and Eve rebelled against
Him. God in His grace reaches down to the depraved
sinner and regenerates the sinner spiritually. This
is the new birth. He is born spiritually. We were
dead in trespasses and sins. Man's spirit, that part
that communes with God died instantly when Eve
disobeyed. Communion was broken and eventually they
died physically. The moment you are born again that
spirit part of your nature is restored. Your sins
are forgiven. You have a new nature. Then the Holy
Spirit in His work of sanctification renews the
image of the person after the image of the perfect
man, Jesus Christ. This takes a life time as He
works in your soul. Then on the resurrection day
this physical body of ours will be redeemed and
glorified like the resurrection body of our Savior.