Wow! Our week is fast coming to an end and our study of Eve will soon be behind us! We have a few more days this weekend to glean what we can from her life. We’re wrapping up today here on the blog but there’s still plenty going on at our facebook group page so come on over and join us! We are just so thankful to the Lord for bringing you all along on this journey with us.. We appreciate your commitment to study His Word and your willingness to participate in our group forum! To God be the glory!
In reading Eve’s story, I’ve discovered a story of purpose and a story of hope. And really our stories are no different. She was just the first to be created as a helpmeet and the first in need of a Savior. Let’s look first at the story of purpose.
Could you picture the scene described for us in Genesis 2 where the Lord brought the animals to Adam to be named? Did you imagine how Adam must have felt naming all those animals who were created in pairs and then discovering he was all alone? Wasn’t God loving to show him his incompleteness and his need for someone just like him – almost! Someone who together with him would be made in the image of God having attributes no other creature possessed and who together would reflect the relational dimension of the Triune God.
So with God’s declaration that it was not good for man to be alone and man’s realization of his need, God fashioned Eve from his rib and presented her as his wife. She became a help meet for him – the one by his side to help him fulfill the mandate that the Lord had given them when he created mankind; when he created them male and female. Eve was God’s last creative act and given the high calling of help meet. And what God declared not good was now good.
While created equal to Adam, Eve’s role was defined. And since that fateful day in the Garden, it’s a role that has been looked upon with disdain by some and at the very least causes others to cringe. The word helper causes blood pressures to rise as thoughts of inferiority and weakness surface. And besides that look back at the judgment upon Eve in Genesis 3:16 – “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” There would now be a struggle in the marriage for leadership.
So what’s a woman to do? Does the term help meet make you cringe? Do you struggle with your husband for leadership in your home? Understanding what it means to be a helper certainly helped me. I wish we had time to explore this a bit further but I encourage you to study the term ‘ezer’ and your perspective will be changed. Did you know one of God’s names is Jehovah Ezer? Spend some time learning about this name of God and be amazed! He is our helper to become the women He created us to be!
Eve’s story is also a story of hope. The one created to be a helper to the man found herself falling to temptation and giving him the forbidden fruit. One bite and everything changed but God, in His mercy and grace, gave a glimmer of hope as the promise of a Savior was given for the very first time. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”