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Eve’s Legacy Unforgotten

Eve’s Legacy Unforgotten

Open your Bible and read today’s passage about Eve’s legacy in Genesis 2:20-3:24 or click here to read online.

When it comes to legacies, there is none greater than that of Eve – the mother of all humanity. She was made perfect in Christ’s image, as the flawless companion for Adam (Genesis 1:27). She was sinless, never felt pain, or want, or sadness. Never once felt ashamed of her body. She didn’t know what regret was. She lived the life that God designed us for: a life that was complete and filled with joy in him and nothing else.

That is, until she made the terrible decision to disobey God.

As a mother, Eve left a legacy that will never be forgotten by her descendants. It’s too big. Too impactful. Too painful.

She was and had everything we want: perfect body, amazing husband, lived in paradise, walked with God daily, didn’t have to constantly cook and clean (she just picked fruit right off the tree!), got to play with all of the wild animals without fear of being eaten…she lived the perfect life.

Her Legacy Includes Bad Choices (Just Like Ours)

We tend to get mad when we think of what she did, don’t we? We imagine our lives without the physical and emotional suffering that plagues us in so many ways and think, “man, if only we could go back in time and change what happened.” We’ve all blamed her. We’ve all thought, even if in secret, that we would never have made that same decision.

We’re all wrong.

Satan is the master of deceit. Yes, Eve made the decision 100% on her own and could have walked away without committing that first sin. But she didn’t. And we, just like Eve, have a choice and can walk away from our sin at any time. We don’t have to sin. We chose to sin knowing that our actions nailed Jesus to the cross. Satan knows how to make disobedience to God look bright, shiny, satisfying, and right. If any one of us thinks for a second that we would have made a different decision than the one Eve made, we are sorely mistaken. In fact, this in itself illuminates sin: self-righteousness. Satan, and our own weakness that wants to follow him, is the enemy here. Not Eve. Mommas, let’s drop to our knees right here and now and confess our sins that make us just like her. We disobey God daily.

We don’t know much more about Eve after she made the choice to sin. We know that she became a mother to many sons and daughters, three of which are named. We know that bringing them into the world brought physical pain formerly unimaginable (Genesis 3:16). Pain in childbirth is excruciating, to say the least and she was the very first to go through it. She had no baby books to read. No childbirth classes to know what to expect. No birthing balls. No medicine. No breathing techniques. No doctors, doulas, midwives, or nurses. The only person she had to help was Adam who also had no idea what was going on. We should feel deeply for her. I can’t imagine how frightening bringing the first child into the world was for her.

Her Legacy Includes The Loss of a Child

Open your Bible and read Genesis 3:1-16 or click here to read online.

Eve also experienced pain that no mother even wants to think about – the loss of a child. Unfortunately, she not only lost a child, he was murdered by her other child. I can only imagine the emotions she must have felt after going through something so horrendous. The Bible doesn’t tell her perspective of the story, but she likely felt unbelievable guilt. She went from living in paradise with God to living in a world where her son was murdered at the hand of his brother. Her decision resulted in punishment that extended beyond her life, but the life of her family and all of humanity.

Her Legacy Points To the Gospel

There is only one thing that can cover that kind of guilt – Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made on the cross so that we could be reunited with God forever. What’s amazing is that God is omniscient and knew everything about Eve’s story and legacy before she was even created. And yet, he still wanted her, created her, and loves her.

Likewise, he knew everything about our story and legacy before he created us. And yet, here we are, wanted and loved by God. Same for our kids, grand kids, and great grand kids. This is the great message of the gospel: He knew that your legacy – filled with pain, mistakes, disobedience, failure, and selfishness – would require him to die an agonizing death. And he still let you write it. He still let you nail him to the cross. And still, he loves you.

Romans 5:6-8

“6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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16 thoughts on “Eve’s Legacy Unforgotten”

  • Thank you for sharing this! At times, I feel that women go through such emotional turmoil and mental distress and I find myself asking ‘why’? All it takes is a quick read in the bible is as clear as day. The great thing is that God never turned his back on us and in times of distress we can still call on him for guidance and strength to make it through. Thank you!

  • I love this piece. I did not know much about Eve until now. I grew up in a fairly catholic home but was never really taught the Bible. Thank you for this insight

  • I love this! You are absolutely right. We all would have made the same bad choice. What a load to live with for the rest of your life, knowing that the choice you made ruined your perfect life, Yet God was merciful and still is. He patiently waits for us, to turn to Him and recognize that He is God and there is no other. Thanks for reminding us of how far we have fallen, but how close Jesus has brought us! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

  • I am so glad to read this post about Eve, because it has been my study topic and recent post as well. So many times, we have chosen to sin just like Eve, knowing our actions do have a greater price to pay. Eve could have walked away from the cunning serpent into the arms of Jesus, yet she allowed herself to be deceived.

    But God had a plan for each of us- He CHOSE to die for us to have that lost fellowship with us again.

    Thank you for this amazing post.
    Visting you from Christian blogger Mastermind

    Diana

  • This is such a great post! I really like “If any one of us thinks for a second that we would have made a different decision than the one Eve made, we are sorely mistaken. In fact, this in itself illuminates sin: self-righteousness.” This is not only true with our thoughts about Eve but our judgment of other people’s lives as well. Thank you for the wonderful reminder today!

  • Dear Eve. I can relate. I have all I need and more and yet still make wrong choices that affect generations. Blessed she was and we are because God planned for all of that. Scooped up in grace, that’s for sure.

  • Truly, I never thought of how ideal Eve’s life was before the Fall. And yet she still chose to sin, even though everything in her life was perfect. Contentment is something we need to have, no matter what our circumstances, but this shows that our natural inclination is to not be satisfied even if we have it all.

  • At just the right time! That’s one of my favorite phrases in the Bible. It reminds me how God knows and cares about the details in our life and prepare for just the right time too!

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