Eve: The First Mother

Genesis 3:20  ” And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.”

      Eve is fascinating to study because she was the first woman on earth and all her experiences were “firsts.”  We don’t learn a lot about her after chapter four of Genesis, but as we consider her situation, we know that since she was the “mother of all living,”  she was the first woman to ever have a child; consequently, she was the first woman to experience labor pains and the first woman to be amazed at the miracle of life, with the birth of the first child ever born, Cain. ” I have gotten a man from the Lord.” Genesis 4:1  Even to this day, the miracle of the birth of a baby still brings amazement and wonder.
     Eve was also the first woman to feel the joy and satisfaction of motherhood and to experience it’s many trials, too.  She did not have a mother or any other woman to look to for guidance and help, but God gave her the knowledge and the innate ability to know how to care for this child.  This should be an encouragement to any mother who may have feelings of uncertainty about caring for and raising her child/children.  God gives you the wisdom and help to know what to do.  Call upon Him at all times.
     Sadly, Eve also saw the physical result of her disobedience to God, for God had said to her and Adam, if they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree. thou shalt surely die” Genesis 2:17,   She experienced grief and anguish at the death of her son, Able.  To add to the sorrow, it was not a normal death, but a murder by the hand of her firstborn son, Cain.
     Let us as mother’s and grandmother’s take heed and be warned by Eve’s disobedience that there are consequences of our sins that can have far reaching effects on our children and grandchildren.  How careful we ought to be, to live godly lives and teach our children the Word of God. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  The things we do or fail to do have eternal consequences.
Theme: The Better Way: Being A Mother is Good: Being A Mother In Obedience To God’s Word Is Better
                 Mary, The Mother of Jesus
                 Hannah, Full of Grace
                 Samson’s Mother
                 A Christian Mother’s Virtues
                 The Self-Sacrificing Unnamed Mother

About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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3 Responses to Eve: The First Mother

  1. Anita says:

    We don’t often think about what Eve went through in child birth. It’s good to be reminded. It makes her even more human. I wonder what life would be today if she hadn’t disobeyed…


  2. Tracey says:

    Good word, Mrs Gail. Thank you !


  3. Beth says:

    Mama, I read something in Elizabeth George’s book “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” in the past week that goes along with this. She said in regards to praying for her daughters, “I didn’t want my sin and shortcomings to keep God from hearing my request for my daughters. No sin was worth its momentary pleasure when laid beside the eternal salvation of my children. I wanted something far greater than the brief pleasure that comes with speaking my mind, giving in to anger, and a multitude of other sins that might feel good for the moment. I wanted two souls for God!” She based this on Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” It’s so easy to forget our sin can have long-term and eternal consequences. Thanks for a good word!


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