Hi friends! I’m glad you’ve joined me for a cup of grace. Let’s get digging into God’s Word and see what Eve’s story can show us ! We’ll start at the beginning…a very good place to start.
God created the universe, prepared a beautiful garden, and created male and female in His own image (Gen 1:27). God blessed Adam and Eve and said “Be fruitful and increase in number,” (Gen 1:28) and gave them good food to eat (amen!) and a beautiful garden home (Gen 2:9). God set up the ideal environment for this first couple. And He gave them each a unique body, soul (personality, emotions, behavior), and spirit (being able to relate and reach out to God.)
God created Eve for Adam because he needed a helper — a partner. Don’t think for a moment that “helper” means anything of lesser value, after all, God is often referred to as a “Helper” for us. (Ex 18:4, Ps 54:4, Heb 13:6) I love how Liz Curtis Higgs puts it in her book, Bad Girls of the Bible, “This partner had to be as valuable as Adam, as worth of living in God’s glorious Garden of Eden, as equally created in God’s image, and yet..different. Adam was made from the dust of the earth. His partner was made of finer stuff.” Eve was a gift from God for Adam — and while we’re on that subject, YOU, dear friend, are equally as wonderfully created in God’s image, whicjh means YOU are a gift from God as well.
Adam and Eve enjoyed a closeness with God in His beautiful creation. But God did give them one command: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen 2:16-17) With this command comes the power of choice, God gave man and woman free will. God did not make Eve a mindless drone who could not think for herself but rather a beautiful creation who could choose how to think and act for herself.
Eve had quite a beautiful life. She lived in a most gorgeous paradise, she dined on delicious food, she was created with purpose and to be an equal to Adam, and best of all, she had communion with God. The grass on Eve’s side of the fence couldn’t have been greener! And yet…