Women of Promise
The first-ever woman is a great place to start our journey. Most of us remember her for her mistake. Her terrible sin. But isn’t that just how we are, remembering only the bad in a person. We tend to judge a person on past behaviour. I remember watching the Dr Phil show, and he often would say past behaviour is a good indicator of future behaviour.
But is it? I don’t think so.
We tend to overlook that God created her in his very image. Reading Genesis 1:27 (KJV), ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created He them.’ They were given the task to ‘…be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth, subdue it (verse28). She was made from one of Adam’s ribs; therefore, she will be called Woman, for ‘she was taken out of Man’ (Genesis 2:23). Eve’s very name means living or life.
However, sin entered the world.
When God punished the serpent, He promised that there would be ‘…enmity between thee [the serpent] and the woman, and between they seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel’ (Genesis 3:15, KJV). God promised redemption through Eve’s lineage. Jesus would come from a virgin’s birth. Jesus might have died on the cross (bruise his heel), but He rose on the third day (bruise the serpent’s head).
Not much is really known about Eve after the fall. Only that she had children, of which we only know of four. I truly believe that as her children grew up and Adam toiled the earth, her heart longed to be back at Eden.
I can only hope that she repented and that we will see her in the new Kingdom one day. Otherwise, where are the hope for us? We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. But Jesus came to redeem us all because of Eve and the promise to her.