If this is your first time reading this post, please read past, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, posts to better understand why I am doing this study and why I hope that you will join me. You can find past posts in the side bar under, “30 Minutes for Mommy”, and, “Bible Women”.
This week we will be studying the children of Eve that we know about. For the first half of the week I would like to look at her sons and then look at her daughters for the last half and wrap up on Friday with a review of who Eve was and what we know about her.
Please remember to reference the online book, A Systematic Study of Bible Women, as this is what is driving this study.
Cain, Abel, and Seth, the three known sons of Adam and Eve. This is a well known Sunday school story, but reviewing in depth can bring some interesting facts to light. I have arranged this table to lay out what we know of these three so that they can be compared and studied easily. On Tuesday we can discuss what we can learn from them.
In comparing Eve’s three known sons, we can see three different individuals with three different outcomes. The first was a gardener, the second a shepherd, and the third is unknown. The first was easily angered, probably had a sense of entitlement, (I say this because of what God said in Gen. 4:6-7), lackadaisical about God’s requirements for an offering, (Gen. 4:3), and was prone to sadness or pity parties, (Gen. 4:5). The second and third, seemed to be humble; desiring to serve God. The first had a rather short line that followed him, the second had no line that we know of, and the third was the line of Christ. The first had no faith, the second and third did. The first was cursed, the second and third were blessed. The first son is nearly a polar opposite to the second son and his replacement. Have you ever seen a family with children that seem direct opposites? Is it the parent’s fault in some way? Can it be their fault to an extent, but in the end it is the child’s choice? I believe that all we can do is lead our children according to God’s will. We have to keep in mind that our children have free will just like we have and just like Adam and Eve had. They had a personal relationship with God and walked with Him in the garden and still they disobeyed Him. It appears that they had repentant hearts and began to follow Him, but I am unsure of a specific verse that says this. I pray every night that I will raise my children in God’s will and hope this study will bring to my attention more of what I need to be doing as their mother. This is really all we can do, the rest will be left to the choices of the child and God.
A Verse with Promise
Some say that Prov. 22:6 is the first verse with a promise. I’m not certain of this claim, but the promise is that if you raise your children in the way they should go, they won’t turn from that path when they are older. Maybe it is possible that if we train our children to control their will at a young age and develop that habit to be strong enough, then they simply won’t turn from it. This is where the faith of a parent comes in. Being a parent can be terrifying when you think of all the sorrow that can come with it.
The Positive in Cain
As far as I can tell, Cain’s lineage lasted only seven generations which is relatively short when you consider the length of many of the Biblical genealogies. I did point out the negatives of Cain’s line, but I should also point out a few interesting positives. Gen. 4:17 tells us that when Cain left, he went to Nod and built a city. Keep in mind that the world was still young. Cain was quite possibly only the third person to ever be on this earth and he went off and built what is the first mention of a city. His line was also the first to mention the use of tents, musical instruments, and metal workers. It is very possible that these sons and grandsons and great grandsons of Cain were the inventors of these invaluable tools that we still use today. Keep in mind too, that these men lived for hundreds of years. I bet I could come up with some pretty cool stuff if I live hundreds of years! Even though, it is still amazing to think of these first for the human race and that they came from the line of Cain.
A Positive for Us
What a wonderful thing for Moses to have given credit to Cain’s line for the production of tents, instruments, metal work, and the development of the first mentioned city. It could be as simple as relating a history accurately, but it teaches us something as well. It teaches to look for the good in everything. The first to murder, the first to participate in polygamy, and the first to build a city, the first to have instruments, and the first to work with metal. It reminds me of the story of Isaac and Ishmael. Though Ishmael was not the chose son of Abraham, God still blessed him with a powerful lineage. I take these stories as reminders to always find the positive in your children. If we as parents do everything possible to keep our children on the path to God, but they still turn from it, we can take joy in the positive things that they still have and pray always for their return one day, (Lk. 15:11-32, The Prodigal Son).
Wednesday – Thursday
Female Descendants of Eve
The only female descendants of Eve listed before the flood are Adah, Zillah, and Naamah. Their name meanings are as follows:
ADAH—PLEASURE, GORGEOUSLY ADORNED, BEAUTY, TO REPEAT
ZILLAH—A SHADOW, PROTECTION OR JINGLING OF JEWELRY
NAAMAH—PLEASANT, DELIGHTFUL, BEAUTIFUL
(Some of the above definitions were gathered at abarim-publications.com. Visit their site for in depth information on these names and many others.)
According to Jewish tradition the meaning of the name usually described the person. If that is true, this is really the only picture that we can have of these women. It will also be good to note the names of Adah and Naamah and their meanings for future lessons in this study.
This brings us to the close of the study of Eve. I will be putting a final post together for her tomorrow, but for now, what was the most impacting lesson that you learned from the woman, Eve? Was she really as bad as culture has painted her? Does she deserve the credit for all the pain and sorrow that we endure today? What can we learn from her to make us better mothers? Please let me know as I would really like to know what you have learned during these first few weeks of this very long, extensive study.