There is so much both men and women can learn from Eve. Not only does she teach us about the feminine heart, she also teaches us about our response to temptation and sin. Her creation affected every person born after her.
Eve was the first woman ever created. That’s CRAZY when you really start to think about it. She was literally dropped into adulthood, into a relationship, with no parents or example of what a woman “should be.” She paved the way. Now, for all our male readers, don’t stop reading here. There is so much both men and women can learn from Eve. Not only does she teach us about the feminine heart, she also teaches us about our response to temptation and sin. Her creation affected every person born after her.
Let’s start with the story of her creation.
“The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Helper - that’s one way to put it. I never really loved that word. To me, it weakens Eve’s entrance & the definition of womanhood. God looked around after making the heavens and the Earth, all the animals, and Adam and still said, “something’s missing.” Creation was not complete until God made women! He only rested after He made Eve. Women were the crowning jewel.
So let’s take a closer look at the word “helper.” As it turns out, the translation for the word in the Bible is “ezer.” This means something much more powerful than just “helper” - it means “lifesaver.” This word only appears 20 other times in the Bible, and every other time it’s describing God coming through for us in some major way. Eve is the missing puzzle piece, come to complete God’s perfect picture. She will be Adam’s companion and ally. Stasi Elderedge elaborates on this in her novel, Captivating, saying,
“Eve is a life giver; she is Adam's ally. It is to both of them that the charter for adventure is given. It will take both of them to sustain life. And they will both need to fight together.”
Responding to Temptation
Our second lesson to learn from Eve comes from her interaction with the devil in the form of a snake in the garden. Although God has warned her not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, we watch Satan convince her otherwise, and thus, sin is born. We read in Genesis,
“The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6)
Everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden until Eve believed the lies of Satan. While it is easy to blame Eve for her lack of judgement, Adam too bore responsibility in this story. He too heard the command from God and yet stood right beside Eve as she fell to the tricks of the devil. Eve’s lesson was costly. She learns the hard way that God can be trusted but Satan cannot. This will always be true - whenever we choose our own selfish desires over God’s will, we will suffer the consequences.
God gave us free will. We have the choice to choose Him freely and to obey Him out of love, something he ardently desires. Nothing we will ever do will be hidden from his sight. Thus, it doesn’t bode well for us to blame others for our own failings. We may enter into sin with someone else by our side, but it is ultimately our decisions and our actions that cause us to fall away from our God. Notice that even though the serpent was the one tempting Eve, both Adam and Eve were held accountable for their own actions. We can’t blame Satan when we give into temptation: we are responsible for our decisions and will answer to God accordingly. Like Adam and Eve, we can try to use fig leaves of promises, good deeds, excuses, or rationalization to cover our shame. However, forgiveness from God will always be the only way in which we can “cover” and remove our sins.