Welcome to Day 2! Yesterday we looked at the care God took in creating Eve. I hope you’re feeling empowered and equipped to carry out every good work that God has called you to do. Today, we’re going to look at the love God showed in redeeming Eve despite that her mistakes and failures.
Eve: The Redeemed
We all know how the story goes. Eve allowed herself to be deceived by the serpent, she ate the forbidden fruit, she convinced Adam to eat to of the fruit too, they disobeyed God, they were overcome with shame & fear, evil entered the world, God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and now the rest of us are living the hard knock life. End of Story…or is it?
Who among us hasn’t been deceived? We know what is right in the Lord’s eyes. We have guidance from the Bible, teachings from Church, the wise counsel of Godfriends, yet the enemy has a way of slithering his lies into our lives. He is the master of planting doubt in us about God’s sovereignty, truth, and plans for our lives. No matter how hard we try in our own strength, I’m sure it’s safe to say that we have all been a “deceived Eve” at some point in our lives. We live in a society where we want more, we want better, and we want it now! But then, that actually sounds no different than Eve trying to “be like God.” Then like Eve, we cut God out to take matters into our own hands and sometimes bring others along for the ride. And when we fall after walking outside of God’s Will, we sew our fig leaves together to cover our nakedness and hide our guilt and shame.
But this is exactly why the story doesn’t end there. God knew we couldn’t do it in our strength. God knew that left to ourselves, we would fail every single time. Don’t be discouraged by Eve’s punishment. Like any good parent, God disciplines those He loves (Prov. 3:11-12, Heb. 12:5-6). But He also shows an unending amount of grace and mercy to Eve.
God’s first act of redemption: He helped Eve bear children (Gen 4:1) and live out His command of being fruitful (Gen. 5). Eve mothered generations to include Enoch who walked with God for 300 years and did not die, but was taken up by God because of the noble life He lived. Her lineage also gave us Noah, whose lineage gives us Abraham. And you won’t believe, Abraham is the first father listed in genealogy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt. 1)
God’s ultimate redemption: The birth, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. God used the first woman and the first sin to bear the children who bore our Savior. At the feet of Jesus, we can lay down every weight, every stronghold, every failure, every shortcoming, every broken piece, every feeling of guilt and shame, and every sin that entraps us! At the cross, we are made clean and made whole! Through Christ, we are redeemed!
And it all started with a woman who still allowed God to use her after making the biggest mistake that would affect all of mankind. Guess what my Beloved…He can still use you, because you too are redeemed!
Challenge: Search the Bible for scriptures that describe God’s redeeming nature and endless love for you! Then, post your favorites to share with others in the comments and with #BelovedwomenoftheBible
Don’t know where to start:
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
Psalm 103: 8-12 ~ He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever, He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Ephesians 1:7 ~ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace