Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lilith...Eve...Mary: Eve

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Genesis 2:20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam [g] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs [h] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [i] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.23 The man said,
"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman, [j] '
for she was taken out of man."24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

You know what I like about these verses? The romantic allusion to the relationship between men and women. See at this point in their relationship, he did not "name" her, instead he called her part of himself. And he said that it is because of their intimacy, that man would leave his parents and cleave to her. But, lets fast forward to the fall...

Genesis 3

20 Adam [c] named his wife Eve, [d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

What changed?!!? Now he has the power to "name" her. Why? Immediately with the introduction of Temptation away from God came the breach in intimacy between Woman and Man. Now, her desire for her husband will allow him to rule over her:

Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you." bad girl! You have placed us all into a situation where we are going to be courted away from our God by the desire to have that husband, that man. We were already complete...we had intimacy with God, intimacy with Husband, and all of our needs were met. And, then, Temptation came. Why do I say we and not Eve? Because, this is what we are going through, Ladies. This part of Eve is what we struggle with every single day. Every single day we have to answer the question, "Did God really say...?" Just as Eve did. And our response will determine our on-going relationship with God and our husband--even our husband-to-be. (whether we know him or not.)

The end times are partially marked by the sentiment that there will be seven wives for each man, denoting the case that women will destroy themselves and their relationships with God to be some part of a man. Is no wonder at the steps we have been taking to find a man? Women have become more and more often the aggressors in dating. (Which in and of itself is not an issue...except I would remind you that Proverbs 31 expressly says that HE WHO FINDS A WIFE FINDS A GOOD THING. You should be found...not go looking. Remember in Song of Songs when the bride goes looking for her husband to be, she is abused out in the city. The her beloved comes to find her and love is abound. I asked my husband out first...but he "stalked" me.*laugh So, there is balance there.) More and more women are walking out on marriage and/or cheating.

Temptation affects us, Ladies. Eve was a "church" girl. She knew God's word. They like to say her first sin was altering God's word. Hmmm....I'm not sure I agree. Instead, I would suggest that she knew her own weaknesses...

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "

Don't you do that for yourself? I do, if I bring into the house a good loaf of artisan bread--it will be eaten. So...I don't bring it in. Eve was saying if I even touch it, I will die. So...don't even touch it she is telling herself. Plus, there are very few recorded word between God and, we are to assume that either God or Adam taught her this rule. Maybe they, too, being in intimate relationship with her, knew her own weaknesses? Who knows...but I will go with this, Eve spent the rest of her life looking for the offspring that would restore her to grace as God had foretold:

Genesis 4

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, [i] saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.
At that time men began to call on [j] the name of the LORD.

She did not know that it would be generations before Jesus was born.

So, the question I have about Eve is this: If she spent the rest of her days seeking the grace of the Lord...did He return to her? I'm not sure. But, allow me to suggest something else. After they bit into the apple and hid, God called out to Adam and Eve. He called out to them for relationship. After the fall...after they had children. After Seth was born...Seth means "Man" by the way...With Seth (with this new Man), man began to seek and call upon the Lord for relationship.

Is not that a wow? It is to me. Because by the time we get to Mary, she is not only calling out to God, but she is praising him in the words of the Prophets and Warriors of old: Deborah, Miriam, Elijha. In other words, without learning to call on Him, calling on Him that came out of the relationship between Eve and God after the call. Without passing that down for generations, we would not have learned to give God the adoration and worship He craves from us. Why do I say that? I say that because adoration and worship that comes from freewill, and we use it to choose to worship him. We come to God as a people who have been faced with choice...and we chose Him! And, He loves it.

Since we know that God would never give us more that we can handle, and since we know He desires an intimate and abiding relationship with us, we can remember Eve in her hour of Temptation and see in Her the constant seeking of a redemption that we receive for free.

I pray that all of too...would stand in the face of our personal temptations and revel in the relationship we have with HIM.

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