Eve was the first woman, wife and mother on the face of the earth. She is known as the mother of all living. Little is known about her, but much can be learnt from her. In Genesis 2, God decided it would be good for Adam to have a companion and a helper. He made Adam fall into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs and used it to create Eve. She became Adam’s helper, the one who would complete him and together accomplish the purposes of God on earth.
Through Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship, companionship and marriage into the world. Eve and her husband lived in the garden of Eden. She was the one the serpent approached and deceived. The scripture tells us that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He has been on this mission since the beginning. He approached Eve, ready with a perfect plan to execute his mission. Sin did not exist during this time, and Adam and Eve enjoyed closer and intimate relationship with God.
He had given them instructions on how to make their stay in the Garden worthwhile and as long as they obeyed, everything was in perfect order. The serpent in its craftiness came in and deceived Eve by corrupting the word of God. He convinced Eve that God did not really mean what He said, thus portraying God as a liar and causing her to think twice, and in the end she doubted God. He deviated her from the truth of God and made her focus on one thing she couldn’t have. She failed to count her blessings and within her, an evil desire to be like God took over.
The solution, according to the serpent, was in eating the forbidden fruit. She must have been one woman who did not know what to do with the kind of information she got at that time, and despite having a close relationship with God and her husband, she never consulted any of them. I guess she wanted to surprise them, but whatever her reasons, she acted independently and out of her own free will.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves ~ Genesis 3:6-7
There are several key lessons we can learn from Eve. Just like any other woman out there, she had her own shortcomings, weaknesses and strengths. But at the end of it all, we realize that God is always merciful and has great plans for each one of us.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground ~ Genesis 1:27-28.
First and foremost, we learn from the above scripture that in God’s image and likeness, a woman, just like man, was and is created. It does not matter where you come from. Your color, status, origin, tribe or physical appearance, does not discriminate you before God. You are his own masterpiece and when He looks at you, He sees His own beautiful creation. We are all equal before Him. No one is inferior or superior than the other. All of us are God’s children and yes, just like the man, a woman is primary not secondary.
God issued the same command to both of them. He did not give it separately. This means that women also have the same role to play in God’s creation. You were created to minister to God and for God and this qualifies each one of us to be representatives of God on earth.
This means that your reason for creation is to be an instrument of God in accomplishing His divine plan on earth. You are supposed to work in unity with your Creator to release, establish and implement His kingdom on earth. Everything you do as a woman must demonstrate the greatness of the Lord and everything about you should reflect the glory of His kingdom. Accomplishing this plan will require you to pay a price.
First, it will mean defying the world and its way of doing things and rising against its standards which are limiting, oppressive, manipulative and corrupted. This means you must put on Jesus Christ and allow yourself to be ruled by the Spirit of God. And secondly, position yourself to discover your gifts and understand your purpose. This is the only way you will know your area of calling and ambassadorial position.
Thirdly, I will briefly address a woman’s influence and her position in the society which cannot be under-estimated. There are so many instances in the scriptures where a woman turned situations around through her actions which means that her capacity to influence is beyond measure. She is a leader, and unlike men who lead by power of position, a woman leads by power of influence. Her influence is so powerful that the enemy knows it. This is why he approached Eve, not Adam. He must have known that she was the right person to use. Through her, the man also came down and sin was born.
Remember Queen Vashti in the book of Esther? Her actions were enough to throw the whole kingdom into tension. Other women, it was feared, were going to mimic her behavior and disrespect their husbands because of her actions towards the king. To discourage this, she had to be thrown out of the palace and ripped off her crown and position as the queen. This is how powerful it can be.
In a positive way, a woman can be the best thing that has ever happened to the world. We are not given such power to manipulate or intimidate others or to use it for our own selfish gains. God wills for us to use it for His own glory – to serve Him and humanity. A woman is the strongest weapon that God has in His arsenal and if we can position ourselves to be used of God, we can influence in the right direction.
The enemy succeeded in deceiving Eve because he aroused within her an evil and selfish desire – the desire to want more – save for the fact that God had given her everything she needed. She came to the realization that all this while, there was something important she was missing. And it was not far, infact the solution was always right before her.
The Bible says that she ‘saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye’. Everytime the enemy wants to deviate us or remove our focus from God, he uses what our fleshly eyes can see. He uses facts and the reality of our situations to seduce us from the love of God, and if our faith is not strong enough, we can easily fall.
“If your faith is not enduring, you will not endure”.
Much of his suggested solutions are meant to satisfy the flesh. We need to be very careful of the enemy and his tactics because when we become friends of the world, we become God’s enemies (James 4:4-5).
Eve chose to ignore the word of God. She knew too well that the moment she eats the forbidden fruit, death would follow, but she still went ahead and did it. This in most cases is borne out of familiarity. The spirit of familiarity is very dangerous. Many of us have entered into deep trouble because of being familiar with God, people and circumstances. Someone once said that familiarity breeds contempt, and if this is true, then we must be very careful not to enter into a familiar zone with God.
We must also learn to take personal responsibility of our actions and stop blame games.
Sin has consequences. The moment Eve and Adam committed sin, they realised they were naked. Initially, they were naked but not ashamed, but this time round, they were too ashamed that they had to hide themselves from God. Not only that, they attempted to cover their own nakedness by using the garments they made for themselves. But God in His infinite mercies made garments of skin for them. Initially, they were covered with His glory. Being in His presence and communing with Him daily meant that they were in perfect security. There was nothing to hide. They were united and had one common agenda, but sin divided them.
Sin exposes us. The agenda of the enemy is to expose us and bring shame to our lives, but the will of God for us is to cover us with his glory and give us honor. While the enemy wants us to be insecure, God wants us to enjoy perfect security and to remain in His love. While the enemy wants us to live in fear and separate us from God, God on the other hand wants to embrace us and draw us closer to Himself so that we can enjoy unhindered and unbroken fellowship with Him.