“Eve is much more than merely the first woman. She powerfully represents a type of woman. Amid the immense freedoms and opportunities of the garden God had placed her in, Eve made bad choices that squandered her potential and unleashed a painful life of regret.”
~~ Robert Lewis, from The New Eve
When we look closely at the story of Eve in the garden, I’ have to wonder what she was doing so close to the tree that God had specifically told her and Adam to stay away from? Maybe she was taking a walk, enjoying the beautiful and lush surroundings and got distracted. Hmmm … do we ever get distracted? I think the first step that leads to most bad choices is not paying attention. When we don’t pay attention — when we allow our minds to wander, to be pre-occupied, to lose focus — we set ourselves up to be vulnerable. And guess who’s waiting in the wings? Our friend, the serpent.
Oh but he doesn’t look like a snake or resemble anything that would be detestable to us as women. And we don’t really know how he presented himself to Eve. She was probably taken aback by his appearance and possibly knew him to be a creature from the “other world”. The bible does say he disguises himself to be an angel of light. And then we see possibly her curiosity, and perhaps her surprise at hearing a serpent speak, lead her into further talk with him. First rule: it is never, ever a good idea to enter into dialogue with the enemy. Why? Because he lies.
We see that the serpent’s goal is to undermine the benefit of God’s commands as compared to man’s own best interest. And what happens? Everything changes. Instead of seeing the beauty, the bounty, the benefits of God and His promises, Eve sees her self-interests and believes the false sense that she essentially doesn’t need God. And so, she eats the fruit. Man becomes suspicious of God. God is no longer to be trusted. Sin is no longer considered destructive. Man’s own interests are best served by self-determination. He falls for the lie that he can be equal with God. Beth Moore says that “anything that exalts itself in our minds, pretending to bigger or more powerful than our God is a stronghold.”
So if we are to be different than Eve, what’s our course of action? “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We develop strong minds that not only know truth, but rely on truth to help us discern between the lies of the enemy and the living breath of God. The God who created us, knows us, and longs to walk with us every day:)