Summary: Eve was the mother of all living. Her testimony is that God was His best when she was her worst.
All About Eve
Her Temptations, her Tears and her Testimony
Eve is an appropriate woman to talk about this Mother's Day, especially since she is the mother of all mothers! Her story is not to dissimilar to most of yours. It is a story of love and pain, failure and God's rescue. A story of a fragmented family, and parents who struggle because of that.
Ge 2:20 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 an help meet for him.
Ge 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Ge 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Ge 2:23 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.
Ge 3:16 ¶ To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you shall bring forth children; Yet your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you."
Ge 3:20 ¶ And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Ge 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
She is called woman originally, then she is renamed Eve "Because she was the mother of all living."
1. Her temptations
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, ’You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?"
Ge 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
Ge 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ’You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’"
Ge 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die!
Ge 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Ge 3:6 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.
Though not 100% true men and women are tempted in different ways.
Eve was tricked into sin. Men don’t get tricked into sin, they charge headlong into it.
“She saw that it was good for food.”
How? There are a lot of things growing around here, we don’t be eating.
The devil ate some, and didn’t die from touching it. When that happened the woman had an "aha" moment, but it was a moment of deception.
Eve was tempted with a better life. Men are tempted with passing pleasures.
Men fall for instant gratification women fall for relationships.
Eve was tempted with life elevation, men get tempted with flesh elevation.
Eve was talked into trouble, men talk themselves into trouble. Ladies be careful who you let have your ear. Be careful what television you watch, what books you read.
2. Eve’s Tears
What horror and pain was hers to have a child murdered. What a double horror to know that it was one of her children that had killed another.
She lost one child to murder, another to banishment. God didn’t practice eye for an eye, He only instituted it to try and restrain the evil in men’s hearts. In fact He bent over backwards to be kind to Cain, first of all because He is merciful, and secondly, perhaps, in deference to what Adam and Eve were going through.
Php 2:27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Sometimes God spreads the rain of sorrow around in our lives, sometimes it is best to let a lot come at once. God knows what we can bear, and is sensitive to what we are going through, we see this in the opening chapter of the bible and all the way through it.
Some people have more troubling rain than others:
"I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much."