Eve was given the great honor of being “The Mother of All Living”. She was made from man with the intention of helping him and being his wife. She was made to be in subjection to him from the beginning, but we know she was not satisfied with this. Eve is a good example of a woman without God as her focus. She was easily tempted, easily justified her actions, tried to undermine her husband, and wanted to be like her husband. When we don’t have God as the focus in our lives, temptation is easy to fall into. Because of her inability to stand against temptation, we now have an example of what happens when the woman desires to be in authority over her husband. We can also see the outcome of this rejection of God’s plan in the punishment that followed. Eve was to endure multiplied sorrow, multiplied conception, and sorrow in bringing forth children and her husband, for participating in the act, was to toil for his food and the ground was cursed for his sake. The sorrow she was to endure was made apparent through her children. There is no greater sorrow than for a mother to see one child kill another. In this one act, she lost two sons. When we don’t follow God’s plan, not only do we suffer, but our entire family suffers.
Today, we have the advantage of all the examples in the Bible so that we can learn and understand what God wants of us. We have Christ as our example of a husband (bridegroom) and His church as our example for the wife (bride). How wonderful to think of being like Christs’ church! He will always protect her, take care of her, encourage her, and He died for her. In return, the church is to be in subjection to Christ and do as he commanded. We know from this study that there are many scriptures that put the woman in subjection to man, but that doesn’t mean we are in a place to be walked on. Men also should understand their roll and responsibility to women in that they are to be like Christ.
As a woman, it can be very difficult to stay in subjection. God tells us that our desire will be for the man in Genesis 3:16. Christ is our example of how to stand against temptation. He knew how to counter everything Satan said with scripture and was able to stand strong against him. We need to be reading and studying God’s word daily to keep our minds strong against this temptation.
I don’t think Eve was a bad person or a bad example. I think she is like many women are today. She was distracted from her place and endured much sorrow for it. It is good to remember that even though Eve sinned, God still cared for her. He clothed Eve and taught her modesty, He gave her another son to replace the one she lost, and she will always have the honor of being the first mother. This is one of the many examples that shows us that even though we may not always follow God and though we are sinners, He still loves us and cares for us and gives us this hope:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.