Whenever I watch a really interesting tv show or read a gripping book I ask with a sigh, why do I find the bible boring? Why do I eagerly wait all week for the “Anne with An E” tv show, while sometimes having to force myself to open the scriptures?
I believe that ““All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
Therefore, one of my deepest desires is to see the bible come to life for me and for others. I want to grow in loving and following its words. Sometimes I forget that the characters were human. They loved and cried and went to the washroom, had babies…
Babies, Mamas, Mamas in the bible…
I must admit I have had the desire to write bible themed posts for a while but am afraid of losing followers. I hope that is not the case and that you can hang in there to explore these ancient characters with me.
Stories from my life will probably find their way in there as well. I am not too sure what this will look like yet or how long this series will go for. I find it hard to finish what I start… but we won’t know unless I try.
Here we go!
Disclaimer: I believe that the bible contains true stories of history as well as other genres. My focus here though is not in that discussion/debate. Whatever your belief is, I hope that you will gain something from these posts.
Meet Eve, the first mother, and woman, in biblical history. The story of her creation, her love story with Adam as well as events of tragedy and hope are found in Genesis chapters 1-4.
Considering Eve as the first Mama and female human on the planet, can you imagine her going through pregnancy and child birth without a midwife, her own mother or even a woman friend who could give some experienced reassurance? For the guy readers, can you imagine being Adam watching your wife go through such transformation and pain with absolutely no idea of the outcome? Do you think God gave them a tutorial? It’s kind of funny when I think about how much I have relied on google and books in my motherhood journey. All Eve had was instinct and somehow her kids got through nursing, teething, the terrible two’s and beyond.
Somehow too she lived through unbelievable tragedy when her firstborn took the life of his brother. Cain was banished from his home for his crime leaving his mama’s heart and arms empty.
Often when I hear stories of crime, I think not only of the victim’s families but those of the offender. Adam and Eve were both.
What a gripping interview it would be to hear this Mama’s heart. The highs and lows. The glory of creation to the devastation of murder in her own family. Somehow, because Eve was the first to sin, it is easy for me to have a cold heart towards her and a pointed finger. I forget that she too was human. I forget that she had to live with the consequences of her deed while bravely bringing children into the world. She had to tell her sons why they weren’t in the glorious garden anymore. She had to watch anger, animosity and jealousy grow just like the weeds in once pure soil, eventually leading to death.
Every good story though ends with hope. While her son Cain “went away from the presence of the Lord” (4:16) Eve remained in it…
…And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.”
Genesis 4:25-26 ESV
I love how the story ends with people calling upon the name of the Lord. That is the first time recorded in the bible. When Adam and Eve sinned God called out to them but they hid. It took a lot of time and growth for people to call back to God.
One of my favourite times with my daughter is singing at church and home. She claps her hands to the music and lifts her hands, pointing up with her finger. I can imagine Eve worshipping with her son and grandson, teaching them to call out to God and listen to Him.
I am learning to call out to God in the night when my daughter wakes and I am tired. When I feel tempted to be impatient with friends and family. When I want to be famous and bask in my own glory.
I think of Eve who learned wisdom from loss and heartache, failure and faith, and the faithful God who never left her.
“The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13 ESV