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Eve - Mother of All the Living

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Creation of Eve

Creation of Eve, Sistine Chapel, fresco by Michelangelo (1475–1564).

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Eve - Profile of Eve from the Old Testament Book of Genesis:

Eve was the first woman on earth, the first wife, and the first mother. She is known as the "Mother of All the Living." And although this is quite a remarkable accomplishment, very little is known about Eve. There is not much said of her in the book of Genesis. Like most mothers, even though her accomplishments were great, they were for the most part, overlooked.

Eve was Adam's companion, his helper, the one who would complete him and share equally in his responsibility over creation. She too was made in God's image, displaying a portion of the characteristics of God. Together only could Adam and Eve fulfill God's purpose in the continuation of creation. With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship and marriage into the world.

Eve's Accomplishments:

Eve is the mother of humankind. She was the first woman and first wife. Although her accomplishments are quite remarkable, very little is known about Eve. She was the only woman without a mother and a father. She was made by God as a reflection of his image to be a helper to Adam. Together they would fulfill God's purpose of populating the Earth.

Eve's Strengths:

Eve was made in the image of God, and to be a helper to Adam. Together she and Adam would fulfill God's purpose in multiplying God's creation of humankind on the Earth.

Eve's Weaknesses:

Eve was tempted by Satan when he got her to doubt God's goodness, by focusing on the one thing she couldn't have. She forgot all of the good things God had blessed her with in the garden. She became discontented, feeling sorry for herself, because she could not share in God's knowledge of good and evil. Eve allowed Satan to subvert her trust in God.

Although she shared a close relationship with God and her husband, Eve failed to consult either one of them when confronted with Satan's suggestions. She acted impulsively, independent of her authority. Once entangled in sin, she invited her husband to join her. Like Adam, when confronted with her sin, Eve blamed someone else (Satan), instead of taking personal responsibility for what she had done.

Life Lessons:

We learn from Eve that women share in God's image. There are feminine qualities to the character of God. God's purpose for creation could not be fulfilled without the equal participation of "womankind." Just like we learned from Adam's life, Eve also teaches us that God wants us to freely choose to follow and obey him out of love. Nothing we do is hidden from God. Likewise, it does not benefit us to blame others for our own failings. We must accept personal responsibility for what we do.

Hometown:

Eve began her life in the Garden of Eden but was later expelled.

Referenced in the Bible:

Genesis 2:18-4:26; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13.

Occupation:

Wife, mother, companion, helper, and co-manager of God's creation.

Family Tree:

Husband - Adam
Children - Cain, Abel, Seth and many more children.

Key Verses:

    Genesis 2:18
    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (NLT)
    Genesis 2:23
    “At last!” the man exclaimed.
    “This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
    She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”
    (NLT)

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