The Mother of All Living

This is the first of five posts for this month focused on mothers in the Bible.

E is for Eve

I don’t know if I can even imagine what Eve must have felt when she ate of the fruit and realized that because of her and Adam, the world was cursed.

I’m writing this after a rough day at my day job: overlooked tasks, miscommunication, forgotten projects. At the same time, I can go home and know that the fate of the world hasn’t hinged on the fact that two departments are at cross-purposes. (I’m actually making it sound more dramatic than it actually is).

As I’m reading Genesis 3, I’m struck by something. Eve’s name is not mentioned until verse 20. Directly after the words of God that we are dust and to dust we shall return (i.e. death), it says “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Whew. It’s like a pleasant reminder from God. “Yes, there is death here, but never fear, there is also life.”

For a while, it probably looked like death would have the upper hand. Especially when Cain killed Abel.

In chapter 4 in the verses after Cain’s descendant boasts about killing a man, the chapter ends hopefully with the account of Eve and Adam in Seth, from whom would come the Jewish people and the Messiah.

“There is death here, but never fear, there is also life.”

Sometimes I facetiously “thank” Eve for eating the fruit and bringing of death and the curse into the world. I don’t want to I miss out on the grace that God allowed her: that from her would come all mankind — good and bad, beautiful and ugly, sinners and the Savior.


“Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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