Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 3, 2014

Focus ~ On Eve

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Read Genesis 1:26-31 and Genesis 2 ~ 4 and then read Monday’s reading on Eve from the link below…

I will be updating this post all week with further reflections from each day’s reading.

Monday Reflection

You know as I read Eve’s story it occurred to me, God knew what was going to happen with this temptation thing.  God knew before He placed Adam in the garden that something was going to trip mankind up.  If it had not been the serpent then something else would have come along and caused the banishment from Eden.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said,“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 1:26-31

And thus began the first game of blame and self-deception.

Adam, “Hey, don’t blame me, that woman YOU gave me she fed it to me for dinner.”

Eve, “I blame the serpent and call him out for deception, if he hadn’t lied to me I would never have gone against Your law.”

And despite all of their game playing and deceptions, God had mercy on them and let them live, just no longer in the Garden of Eden, and with consequences for their sins.

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
    and he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19

You know what, despite God’s knowledge, beforehand, of all that was going to go so quickly wrong; He still made this earth and filled it with all the wondrous items we would need to survive; physically, and then He sent His Son, Jesus, to us so we could survive, spiritually.

Tuesday Reflection

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Genesis 4:1

Today’s reading was about the wonder of childbirth.  I had never stopped and truly considered that Adam and Eve were the very first to gaze upon the tiny features of a baby.

I remember the feeling of gazing into the eyes of my firstborn child, it was something that I had never experienced before…not that the feelings diminished when I looked at the beautiful face of my son…the first time there was a little more fear of, what do I do now!

With Eve no one on earth had ever experienced this before.  She had no mother to turn to for help and advice.  She must have really felt overwhelmed with this little creature she had given birth to…maybe that was the whole point.  Whom do we turn to when we are most overwhelmed????  I think Eve needed to learn all over again that God is the only one to depend on, while we are walking this earth.

Wednesday Reflection

Read Genesis 2:18-25

What needs does Adam have that only a woman can fulfill?

What does being “one-flesh” in marriage mean, both physically and spiritually?

It is always easier for me to answer the one-flesh spiritually question, I believe that to achieve “one-flesh” spiritually, with God as the center, should be the goal of every Christian marriage.  Where my spouse and I pray together and spend devotional time together, and demonstrate our faith inside of our home as well as in public.  I believe if you can make this work in your marriage then being one-flesh in all areas will be accomplished and we would be living our marriage as God intended marriage on this earth to look.

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

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Read Genesis 3:1-24

As the serpent tries to tempt Eve, what desires and fears in her does he appeal to?

What desires and fears make you vulnerable to temptation?

The happiness and well-being of my children has always made me vulnerable to temptation.  When I am worried and concerned over what is going on in their lives, it is much easier for me to eat something that I know is not healthy for me.  I have also been known to lash out, at my husband and other family members, when I am overwhelmed with concern for my children.  

When caught after her sin, how does Eve experience each of the following?

Shame ~ She and Adam hid from God because after eating the fruit from the tree of life they were given the knowledge that they were naked.  “8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” Genesis 3:8-11

Blame ~ Adam blamed Eve and when God asked Eve what she had done…Eve blamed the serpent.  “12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said,“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  Genesis 3:12-13

Pain ~ God told Eve that He would multiply her pain in childbirth…and I also believe that part of the pain would come from God giving Adam dominion over her, only partially joking.  Seriously, God listed in Genesis 3:16 as part of the consequences for falling to temptation.

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
    and he shall rule over you.”

I don’t believe that Eve’s consequences stopped here, I know, from personal experience, that the pain of childbirth is inconsequential to the reality of the baby in your arms.  That pain is very quickly forgotten.  However, the pain from what Cain did to Abel…that pain would have lasted for her whole life.

Thursday Reflection

I am one tired Mae Mae tonight!!!  In case you are not aware…Mae Mae is my grandma name and I am Mae Mae to four wonderful  grandchildren.  Ayden is 12, Ashton is 10, Avery is 8 and Joshua is 7…my 3 A’s and a J!  I also watch 2 little sweeties, 3 days a week…Cici is 2 and her little sister, Mallory is five months.  I had all six of them today!!!  Whew, what a day and at the same time, wow, what a blessing!!!!

I am blessed to have these children in my life.  I am just like Eve, a sinner saved by God’s grace and mercy who had been gifted with two children of her own and then the added bonus of these other six children.

These words really stood out to me from today’s reading, “When you are at your lowest, on your knees before God’s judgment, never forget that his grace is still at work. And that is truly amazing.”  The point that Ann and Jean were making in today’s reading is that even though God declared death as the punishment for sin = His judgment; He promised Eve that there would be life born from her = His grace at work.

One thought that did pop into my mind as I read today, and it is something that I believe we need to remember in the midst of the gift of God’s grace for those who believe, there are others who do not believe and if they die in unbelief, His grace will not be for them.   God’s grace and mercy does end for those who do not believe!  That is why it is so important for us to share the salvation story with the children in our lives.

Friday’s Reflection

Father, give me a greater understanding of your original plan for our world. Help me to envision its beauty so I might live with a constant awareness that you intend to restore paradise to all who belong to you. May I surrender every sin and every sorrow to you, trusting that you will fulfill your purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

WOBS ~ Eve

The reading for Friday ended with this prayer.  I wanted to begin my reflection by sharing this prayer.

It has always been my understanding, limited though it is in my humanness, that God knew from the beginning that the people He had created would sin.  I believe that God created this beautiful Garden and placed Adam and Eve inside of it, so they could tell others what paradise looks like.

Adam and Eve shared the testimony that came from their test, with others.  Their story has been handed down generation to generation for thousands of years, so that each generation could see the victory that awaits them in paradise.  I am so thankful that God showed mercy to Adam and Eve, and that He continues to show mercy to you and to me!  Thank You God!!

 

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