The story of Eve’s creation is a story of the value of women. It is the story of the value of marriage. It is a story of equality between the sexes. Because God is no respecter of persons or sex, he used and still uses women to accomplish his ministry in a world of need. Instead of women feeling that they are somehow inferior creatures of God, we should be feeling pleased that God judged His beautiful world to be incomplete before women were made. While it is sadly true that it was a woman who brought sin into God’s fair universe, it was likewise a woman who gave the world the Savior from its sins.
Eve: The woman of unique distinction
She is distinct in so many ways from all other women who ever lived because there are a good many “firsts” to her credit.
- Eve was the first woman to live upon the earth. The product of a Divine creation, Eve appeared as a complete perfect woman. She was never a child or a daughter. Eve, then, was not born. She was created out of Adam. Having existed in God’s thoughts, she appeared upon the earth by God’s hands.
Adam was directly created by God out of the dust of the earth, but Eve was fashioned out of a bone taken from Adam’s side. There is a spiritual application of the bride God created for Adam. The Marriage of the Lamb, like that of Eve’s, is made in heaven.
- Eve was the first woman to be called a wife. God saw that although Adam was in a state of perfect innocence, it was not good for him to be alone. He also needed someone to love and bear his children since the command had gone forth to multiply and replenish the earth. Eve was formed while Adam slept. He knew no pain during the operation, for as yet there was no sin in the world. God is continually working while men sleep, answering our prayers.
- Eve was the most beautiful woman the world has ever known. There are many beautiful women renowned for their beauty of face and form, but Eve exceeded them all. Created by a perfect God, Eve reflected the Divine perfection. Hers was no artificial beauty. She didn’t need makeup to cover blotches, freckles or old age spots.
- Eve was the first and only woman born without sin. Being the first woman, Eve had no inherited sin. Coming from the hand of God, Eve had an advantage no other woman has ever had. She was pure and holy with the Divine image unimpaired. Created sinless, yet she became the world’s first sinner, and introduced sin to her offspring and thus, all of humanity, since her, were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. The best born into the human race have natures that are prone to evil. Fresh from the hand of God with unmatched grace and beauty of body and mind, Eve’s choices were followed by sin and ruin, and paradise was surrendered for a world of thorns, thistles and tears.
- Eve was the first to be assailed by Satan. Before her creation, Satan, who like Eve had been created a holy being, led a rebellion against God and was cast from his high estate. Then he began his rebellion on earth and will continue (except during the 1,000 years of the Millennial reign of Christ) until he is cast into the lake of fire. What followed the disobedience of the world’s first sinners is only too well-known: pain in childbearing, the earth cursed, expulsion from Paradise and the introduction of disease and death.
- Eve was the world’s first dressmaker. Genesis 3:7 states: They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. Clothing is a reminder of sin, for in their innocence, our first parents had no sense of shame because they had no sense of sin: Genesis 2:25, And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed but after they sinned, their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked. The fig leaves they made into a garment were not sufficient to hide them from God’s piercing eyes, so they hid among the trees.
Proverbs 28:13, He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. One thing for sure, God found a more suitable, permanent, at that time, and comfortable covering for nakedness than Adam and Eve had found for themselves.
It can be learned from this experience that humankind cannot atone for its own sins. Any covering for true guilt before God, that is not God’s covering, is sure to crumble just as the leaves would have done. God’s covering, the blood of Christ, is the only covering that will last. God rejected the covering that the first sinners on the earth made, because it represented their own effort. So, God provided them with coats of skin. Skins speak of sacrifice. Animals have to be slain so that men can have coats, clothes and shoes.
Surely the Divine provision of those sacrificial skins foreshadowed Calvary, where Jesus, through the sacrifice of Himself, provided a spotless robe of righteousness for all who repent and believe. THERE was mercy revealed!
- Eve was the first mother to have a son who was a murderer. What a trail of sorrow and anguish followed her transgression.
- Eve was the first to receive the Divine prophecy of the cross. Eve was the first sinner and saw the fruit of her sin as she stood at the world’s first grave and buried her dead son.
- After confessing her sin, she heard the Lord say to that old serpent, the devil,
Genesis 3:15, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Through Eve’s sin, death entered the world, but at the cross, both sin and death were conquered when Jesus cried, “It is finished.” He meant that the serpent’s head, representing the power and authority of the devil, had been bruised. He laid hold of all satanic principalities and powers that Eve’s transgression brought into the world, and put them under His feet. What a Savior!
Eve, the first guilty woman, stood before the great God of all creation who had made her by His very hands. She found justice and was sentenced to painful childbearing, but she also found mercy and hope for the eternal life that seemed to have been lost.
We will all stand before the God of creation one day. What will our sentence be? “Well done” or “Depart”?
We never retire from our calling after being saved. We must work “while it is day”. Our example is Jesus Christ.
John 9:4 (Jesus speaking)
I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Are we daily at work for the Kingdom of God?