The sin of Eve and the resulting identity problem for women:
Romans 5:12 (NAS77)
12) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned–
So, “just as through one man sin entered into the world,”– what man? Adam? Adam! Why, Adam? Why not Eve? She ate of the forbidden fruit first, didn’t she? Yes! But, it says, “one man” not “one woman?” Are we arguing semantics, here? Splitting hairs? Maybe “man” means “human,” both sexes? No, the Apostle Paul goes on to nail the culprit down to the first man, Adam.
Why Adam? “It seems to me” because of the special and “stick-tight” relationship between God and Adam, even, I think, a legally-binding relationship, a heaven-earth agreement, one written-in-the-Book. A DEAL, if you please, a contract– a covenant. What’s the evidence of it? Well, the Bible evidence of God making covenants with men down through the ages of man’s history, so why not with Adam? And the evidence of some kind of agreement between God and Adam before Eve was “made.” Adam was to be “husband” of the garden, to name every plant and creature of it, and to take good care of it all. We read that God and Adam walked and talked together “in the cool of the day.” What did they visit about, I wonder? God’s creation, I should think.
If the covenant idea is sound, then for Adam to knowingly choose to break the covenant, to separate himself and Eve from it, to believe that Satan was offering a better “deal,” is scary to think about. It might possibly compare to me renouncing my U.S. citizenship and signing on to Russian citizenship. Would I not realize the effects on my children, indeed on all my progeny? Insanity, or worse!
The point I’m making here here is that Adam did it, not Eve. Why “not Eve?” It again seems to me that Eve was not the “covenant maker”, so she could not be the “covenant breaker.” Thus, Eve is not the one that brought “sin, and death through sin” onto the world. Consider what choices Adam had when he learned that his mate had been beguiled by that snake. He could join in the transgression, which he did, or he could have stuck with the covenant– like asking God to forgive Eve, or to ask for God’s guidance in understanding Eve’s weakness to yield to temptation, or to find the serpent and chop his lying, evil head off. What kind of wimp was this Adam cha5racter, anyway. Didn’t he know Satan was messin’ with his honey? For crying-out-loud! No wonder our world is in such sniveling, awful shape.
So, what happened? Well, “no-guts-Adam” made the dumb choice of trusting the snake instead of the Holy, Loving, God Almighty. He broke covenant and joined up with God’s worst enemy. He woke up with no light in his spirit, the bitter taste of guilt in his soul, and the specter of death starting to gnaw on his bones. Furthermore, he lost his home and his free-lunch program. Eve lost her Gynecologist/Anesthesiologist, and her vote, and the control of her passion.
Oh, boy! The school-of-hard-knocks is tough, but it is effective. At some chapter in this Russian-play, God offered a somewhat less complicated addendum to life outside the Garden– something new called “blood-sacrifice.” The first we hear of it is in the sad story of a conflict between two of Adam’s sons, Cain and Able. The “blood-sacrifice” was God’s provision to Adam’s family for atonement for sin, and (it seems to me) some measure of relief from the curses. Atonement was not exactly forgiveness, more like a pushing forward of punishment for sin. As long as the guilty sinner trusted and performed the sacrifice, she/he did not suffer the jail-time (condemnation). They were Adam-children, but received blessing from God by trusting the blood-sacrifice arrangement, even though plagued with darkness in their spirit, guilt-atoned-for in their souls, and physical death in their future.
Prospects improved dramatically for Adam-folks (Adam-girls included) when Jesus Christ, God-in-flesh, talked-the-talk and walked-the-walk and died-the-death of the final, finish-the-job sacrifice of all sacrifices. The sting of death was de-stinged. The power of the un-stoppable grave was stopped. A way to freedom was purchased– freedom from Adam-identity, Adam-stigma, Adam-punishment, Adam-slavery, Adam-future.
And one of your Adam-sisters, a girl named Mary, a daughter-of the Eve who stubbed her toe one day by falling for the line of a slick-talking snake, was the chosen instrument by which God brought forth the Lamb of God, the final sacrifice. Think of it– the mother of God.
(Gen.3:16NAS77) To the woman (Eve) God said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, In pain you shall bring forth children; Yet your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
(Luke 1:30NASB77) And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
31) “And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
32) “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
33) and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.”
34) And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
35) And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.
38) And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
From cursed to favored to justified heirs:
(Gal.3:24-29NASB77) Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
25) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
26) For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27) For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
From cursed to favored to justified heirs to seated in heaven:
(Eph2:4-6 NASB77)) But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5) even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. . .
So, girls, what’s your identity? Who are you, really?
Are you who Adam-men say you are?
Are you who Adam-women say you are?
Are you who your feelings say you are?
Are you who God says you are?
Learning to agree with God in your self-talk is a healthy thing to learn to do.