We all are familiar with the Biblical character, Eve. She was the mother of all living, which is why she received the name Eve. It is actually a translation of her real name, which was Chava or Chawa. This name (Strongs #2332) is a variation of the Hebrew word Chaya, which means life.
We all know the story … YHWH (God) created Adam from dust, and gave him the task of naming all the animals. Adam was lonely though, so YHWH made him fall into a deep sleep, and created Eve from one of his ribs. The first marriage of all history was commenced with Adam’s words; “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
The scriptures do not say what length of time elapsed between Eve’s creation, and the fatal act of eating the forbidden fruit, but we know that the tempter soon came along, and beguiled (or deceived) Eve into an act of rebellion. She led her husband into that rebellion, and there followed a series of punishment, including curses for the man, the woman, and the serpent, as well as banishment from the garden of Eden.
The characters in the scriptures are our examples. We have the privilege of looking at their lives, of seeing what they did right and what they did wrong, and of patterning our lives accordingly. Let’s take a minute to examine what we know about Eve. 1 John 2:15-17 says; “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
In Genesis 3:6, we read; “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.”
It was only recently that I saw the direct correlation between these two verses:
lust of the flesh = tree was good for food
lust of the eyes = it was pleasant to the eyes
pride of life = it was desirable to make one wise
Let’s take a look at each one of these phrases, and see if we can apply it to our lives.
- Lust of the flesh … Eve had EVERYTHING!
When the serpent approached Eve, and questioned her about eating from the trees in the garden, she told him “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim (God) has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Adam and Eve had the ability to harvest from all of the trees in the garden, except one. They had everything they needed in the way of material things. It was all provided for; all they had to do was enjoy life!
How many times are we not grateful for the things that we have, and are lusting for the things that we do not have? 1Thessalonians 5:18 says; “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Messiah Yeshua for you.”
One of the ten commandments that was given to Moses at Mount Sinai, was “do not covet”. We should always be thankful for the things that we have, and not be lusting after or coveting those that we do not have. We read in 1Timothy 6:8 “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content”.
A good way to help us focus on the blessings that we have, is to start writing down things that we are thankful for, or even do it mentally. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop! There are so many wonderful things that our Father has provided for us.
- Lust of the eyes … Eve was attracted to the fruit because of its beauty!
Here’s a big one! It was pretty! We girls love pretty things, don’t we? Beware that we do not allow beauty to deceive us. Proverbs 31:30 says; “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears YHWH, she shall be praised.”
We should not be obsessed with our appearance. Many girls wonder if they are beautiful, and many feel that they are not. Often, they try to enhance their natural beauty with make-up, jewelry, new hair styles, and who knows what else! It’s not that these things are necessarily wrong, but we need to keep our focus on 1Peter 3:3-4; “ Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
Our beauty should come from within. Any physical beauty that we may have is a mockery, if our hearts are not right. Our goal should be to acquire a gentle and quiet spirit, which comes only from our time spent in the presence of our Creator.
- Pride of life … Eve wanted to obtain knowledge!
When Eve learned that the fruit of the tree would make her like a god, knowing good and evil – in other words, getting knowledge that was not for her to posses, she was hooked. She wanted to know more than what YHWH wanted her to know. Psalm 139:6 says; “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.”
There are some things that we are just simply not supposed to know! I think that in our culture, we are consumed with acquiring knowledge, and we have lost sight of what really matters. 1Corinthians 8:1 says; “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”
We need to discern between the knowledge that comes from YHWH, and the knowledge that produces pride and puffs us up. Proverbs 1:7 says; “The fear of YHWH is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
That word fear, is yeera (Strongs #3374), and also means respect and reverence. We should maintain a healthy fear (or reverence, or respect) of the Almighty, and and constantly seek His will and guidance in our pursuit of knowledge. The key to our peace and happiness, is to remain in the boundaries that He has set. When we step out of those to eat the “forbidden fruit”, we will be miserable and afraid, like Adam and Eve were.
Let’s turn back to 1John 2:15-17 … “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
How are we to battle the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life? The answer is two-fold. First, do not love the world or the things in the world. When it says “things in the world”, it is not talking about creation or our loved ones … it is referring to the evil things in the world. Romans 12:2 says; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Secondly, we find the answer in the end of 1John 2 – “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
Abide in Him. Walk with Him … talk with Him. Do you think that if Adam and Eve had been in the midst of a conversation with their Heavenly Father, and He had been right there with them … do you think they would have eaten that forbidden fruit? Spend time in His presence, and get to know Him just as you would do with your best friend. “Seek YHWH and his strength, seek his face continually” – 1Chronicles 16:11.
What have you learned from story of Eve? Please share your thoughts in the comment section!