Thank you for joining me again today! If you missed yesterday’s post, I just provided a brief overview of the first 3 chapters of Genesis. The focus was on Eve’s role in this story. If you would live to view that post please click here. I would also encourage you to read these chapters to obtain the full story.
There are so many amazing lessons that we can take from Eve’s story. I have chosen five to focus on today.
First, every single action that we choose has consequences. Adam and Eve would have been allowed to stay in the garden of perfection had they not fed their temptation. Can you imagine never having to feel pain, jealousy, embarrassment or guilt? This was part of the consequence that Eve faced. Although it will never completely disappear, we should try to understand the consequences of our decisions so that we are motivated to make good choices.
Second, while the serpent converses with Eve about the forbidden fruit, he appeals to her emotions. By targeting her desires, her fears, her uncertainty, satan was able to accomplish his goal. I think it’s vitally important that we understand that satan waits for us to get comfortable and then he pounces us with temptation through our insecurities. If we can understand our insecurities then we can watch for his sly presence and kick him to the curb before we fall.
Third, everyone sins in their own way. Some of you will struggle with body image, substance abuse, or purity. Others will struggle with language, truthfulness, jealousy, or greed. Sin is something we all struggle with and we should therefore support one another. The best news about our sin is Jesus Christ. Sin isn’t pleasant but it can lead to beautiful things. Eve’s son Cain killed his brother. Cain reached out to God who punished him but offered protection. We should reach out God when we sin so that He can help us through it. God reaches out to Eve by promising her children and a family. (Ch3 V16). God’s grace and mercy covers her sin.
Fourth, as Genesis 1:27 promises that God created you in his image. I like to reflect on this verse when I feel ugly, too short, have a bad hair day, or get one of those “show up at the worst possible moment” zits. God made you in HIS image! How could that not be good enough?
Fifth, when God is passing out punishment for eating from the forbidden tree, he says.
“Because you have done this, ‘Cursed are you above all the livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Ch3 V14-15).
God is promising to take care of them. He is promising to send a Redeemer to crush the head of the serpent. Praise the Lord! This message wasn’t just for Adam and Eve, it is also for you! Satan will not win! God’s grace covers us and he keeps his promises!
For more scriptures on God’s grace, please come back tomorrow 🙂
Please note that all scriptures were taken from the 1984 NIV Holy Bible from Zondervan publishers.