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When You Judge Eve, You Judge Yourself

Reformed Eve is a daughter of God, which makes her royalty - no matter what the world throws at her. She straightens her crown quite often.

What Comes to Mind When you Hear "Eve"?

When we think of Eve, we usually associate this name with bad things.

We think of the Snake. We think of the Apple. We have this image of a woman, wearing green leaves, handing a fruit to a man. What comes to mind is the pain of childbirth, the sins of man, and we focus on how her disobedience led to consequences that we experience to this day.

What does Eve mean? Genesis 3:20 mentions that Adam’s wife was named Eve, as she was the mother of all living. Interestingly, the name was mentioned after she made her fatal mistake, and after the consequences were shared by God. Eve is actually the verb that means “to live”. Hawwah is actually the verbal root, in Hebrew, of the word Eve.

Eve's Faults and Mistakes

What were Eve’s mistakes? What were her human flaws? She was too trusting. She was quite naive. She was completely gullible. One could say she was easily impressionable, as she completely fell for the Snake’s words: “Did God really say that you can’t eat from the garden’s trees? Eve knew right from wrong. She knew that eating from the tree was wrong. She was even aware of the consequence, which was death. The Snake convinced gullible Eve to God was trying to keep the universe’s secrets from her for his own gain. He was able to fill her mind with poisonous thoughts. He even tried using strange logic, or reverse psychology - asking her questions to doubt God’s reasoning and motives. He asked, “Why is God keeping such beautiful things…from you?” In the end, as we know, sin’s shiny, desirable, delicious allure won. And then, she shared such a thing from the person she loved – her husband. She shared her sin, and the consequence of her sin.

What Can Eve Teach You?

Eve taught us how to love your significant other, even during extremely difficult moments that are completely life-altering. Even though their statuses changed, they stayed together, faced consequences together, worked together, and raised children together. (Some people may argue that she had no other choice, but let's focus on the positive for now.) In this way, Eve showed us how to be resilient and persevere through deep adversity. Eve was the first (and only) woman to be born into the world and without sin. Eve was the first to be tempted by a literal and figurative snake. Eve taught us that love dances in tandem with sacrifice, and these sacrifices can be full of pain. Adam’s rib was used to make Eve, exemplifying selflessness and the need for company and love. In Genesis, God mentions that it’s not good for a man to be alone, therefore, ensuring Eve has a place as a companion, a helper, a friend, in both the physical and emotional realms. Eve reminds us that the world is full of snakes that want to drag you into deeper and more sinister corners of the mind. Even though Eve made a tremendous mistake, she was honest when presented with the situation by God. In First Timothy 2:14-15, Paul mentioned that women will be saved by childbearing, if they continue in love, faith, holiness, and are of good morals. Through Eve’s initial childbearing pains, eventually, the Savior of the World would be born. Through the pain of childbirth, Eve showed us that we can be grounded and reformed, living a selfless life and a life based on a strong, real foundation as opposed to fantasy. Eve helped us see that childbearing is a humbling experience, where pain meets joy. Finally, Eve is grateful. The Bible mentions that after she gave birth to a son, she said, “With the help of the Lord, I have brought forth a man.” Regardless of what we say about her, even at the very end of her existence in Paradise, she was grateful that God helped her create something beautiful, her newborn, in a very new, strange, violent world. Eve shows us, through all this, that even with great mistakes, we are valuable to God and we have the ability to be grateful, even in trying circumstances.

Reformed Eve and Redeemed You

Through all this, and the death and resurrection of Christ, Eve was Reformed. What is the meaning of being reformed, or reformation in general? It means being amended by the removal of faults and improved in conduct. Reformed also means to put an end to evil by enforcing a better course of action. The word ‘reform’ gives the idea of reshaping a misshapen sculpture and creating something new. As much as we want to judge Eve and accuse her of being the bane of our existence, we come to realize, slowly, that we are all Eve. We have eaten the forbidden fruit within our own free will. We are constantly eating this fruit, and putting God and his Scriptures, aside, selfishly, and with a huge list of excuses. We do this when we chose our Instagram feed over our Scriptures, triple X-rated material over our spouses, and constant, violent news instead of making a positive difference in our communities, and consequently, the world. The Bible says to not pay attention to a splinter in someone’s eye until you remove the log from your own. When we judge Eve, aren’t we, essentially, judging ourselves? We have been redeemed. We have been forgiven. We are in a constant state of being restored to a better, reformed, version of ourselves. Thank you, Eve.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Reformed Eve

Comments

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on October 04, 2020:

Hi Reformed Eve,

'Eve was the first (and only) woman to be born into the world and without sin'.

That sentence is something I hadn't thought about before but it makes perfect sense - thank you for making me aware of it.

I suppose one could say how unaware Eve was at that time - it was just her and Adam, no-one else was present (in human form) so she knew nothing of the 'ways of man'. How 4,000 years have changed man to the present state! In fact we've learnt very little.

Until man's fall we were perfect - enter Satan and it all changed. Poor Eve, she believed the lie that was presented to her - 'Did God really say that'?

But we have God's written word that dispels everything that Satan could ever tempt us with.

And let's not forget that Jesus was tempted too and if He failed in just one small temptation it would have negated His salvation won through the cross.

It makes you wonder why so many refuse His unspeakable gift.

Regards,

Jack.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on October 03, 2020:

Your article is detailed and interesting about Eve, the mother of all living. I was glad that you pointed out that Eve was not named until after she and Adam sinned. It wasn't until Genesis 3:20 that she was named. Until then, she was referred to as just "woman."

Before the Fall, she was so connected to her Adam that she didn't need a name. Most people who read the Bible overlook that important fact.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 03, 2020:

I really like this article and you have given so much more perspective on Eve. I don't think I ever thought it through quite like this, so thank you Eva.

Reformed Eve (author) from USA on October 01, 2020:

Thank you so much!

Samantha Stoerkel from Miami on October 01, 2020:

wow! I love this!!

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