Eve: The Mother of All the Living

Although shamed, Eve kept her hope alive and persevered in faith.

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Eve: The Mother of All the Living

Eve is the first woman, first wife and first mother of the Bible. Created by God in His image, Eve became Adam’s wife and mother of Cain, Abel, Seth and “other sons and daughters.” Eve was the first to encounter Satan and was tempted by him to disobey God’s command and eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. She and Adam were evicted from the Garden of Eden. Although shamed, Eve kept her hope alive and persevered in faith. God’s grace allowed Eve to avoid complete destruction and bear children. She rejoiced because of God’s compassion and forgiveness. Eventually, her descendants included, Jesus, the Savior of the world.

Here is Eve's life story from the Bible:

• The first woman created by God
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[a] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:22)

• Eve is Adam's wife
 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:23, NIV)

• Eve lived with Adam in the garden of Eden
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. (Genesis 2:8, NIV)

• Eve was deceived by Satan and disobeyed God
"You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:4-6, NIV)

• Eve immediately took responsibility for her sin
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13, NIV)

• Eve suffered painful consequences for her actions
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;  with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,  and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16, NIV)

• Eve and Adam are banished from the garden
So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:23-24, NIV)

• Adam and Eve experienced God's grace
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:31, NIV)

• Eve is hopeful for the future after the birth of her son Cain
Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth man.” (Genesis 4:1, NIV)

• Eve gave birth to Abel
Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. (Genesis 4:2, NIV)

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