Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Bible Women: Eve part 3

We've looked at how Eve was the first women and the mother of all creation. We've seen that God made her in a unique and amazing way with a special purpose--just as he does for each of us today.

But of course we remember Eve as the one who took the fruit.

God said, "You can have it all but this one thing."

Satan said, "God just doesn't want you to have something good."

Eve listened to the wrong voice and made the choice to eat from the tree that God said not to eat from. God could have put up an electric fence or do not touch sign, but he wanted Adam and Eve to choose obedience.

What could Eve have done differently when Satan came along? She might have asked God about what Satan said.

What would have happened if Eve said to Satan, "Let me ask God about this when I talk with him in a little while"? Would Satan have left and returned later to try again?

Would he have just made up more lies that sounded true?

We'll never know what might have happened. But Eve made her choice and the result is that we are all born with a sinful nature. We don't need Satan to come tempt us personally, because we give in to our own weaknesses.

Thankfully Eve's choice to sin isn't the end of the story.

The most amazing thing about Eve's story is that even though she sinned and had to leave the garden, God made a plan to redeem her. And God blessed her and allowed her to be the mother of all people. God is a God of second chances.

And God had Plan B. It looks like this:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. " John 3:16

In Old Testament times, people had to offer an animal sacrifice for sins. Blood had to be shed. God sent Jesus to be the final sacrifice. Because of his death, we can be forgiven just by asking.

Romans 5 says:

"Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous."

Adam and Eve blew it--and to be honest, I would have too. But Jesus' death made everything right again.

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