What would you give to know that who you are, what you look like, where you are, and what you’re doing is precisely perfect?
We can get close, but sin keeps us from fully walking in that assurance. We can thank Eve for that one, right? Without her, we’d be sun-bathing in paradise right now.
Before we start resenting her cravings, however, let’s pause to consider who she was before she lost everything. Because, make no mistake, if anyone knew who and why she was, it was Eve.
Woman was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Shifting his creation technique, God meticulously crafted man and woman. He touched them—molded them like a potter with clay (Gen. 2:7, 21-22). That’s intimate—a tactile process that the rest of creation doesn’t share.
Whereas Adam seems to be fashioned outside of the garden, then placed there, (Gen. 2:7-8,15), Eve seems to be created inside the Garden (2:21-22).
God created the garden to provide pleasure, purpose, sustenance, and access to his presence (Gen. 2:9). Adam was brought into Paradise. Eve was made for Paradise. She knew nothing but comprehensive pleasure, purpose, sustenance, and access to God.
She was also created for Adam—she was his physical, emotional, and relational match.
Let this saturate your soul: Woman was crafted at the end of creation to fill a specific, God-designed void (Gen. 2:20).
Imagine the freedom, delight, and fulfillment she must have experienced! Woman was needed, wanted, and perfectly equipped to fulfill each God-designed aspect of her niche.
She was innocent of all doubt, insecurity, fear, or stress.
Yeah, but then she started talking to snakes, you might be thinking. That’s true. Eve screwed up. So have I. Haven’t you?
My biggest, most shameful screw-up is the last thing I want people to remember me by. But that is exactly the legacy we assign Eve. Why?
Perhaps there is power in knowing the mold we were crafted in. If so, I can think of no better tactic for the Enemy than to get us caught up with the blame game. In fact, that’s precisely what has occurred in western civilization since the fall—women consistently have been considered Jezebels who must be controlled and trained to stay in their place.
I want to explore the grace, mercy, and God-ordained vengeance that Eve inspired at her darkest moment. Perhaps her story can give us a bit of light for our own path as women. Join me?