Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Women of the Bible - Wk 1 - Eve

Week 1 is about Eve. So far the Lord has shown me three things.

1. God tells Adam, when referring to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, "thou shalt not eat of it:" (Gen. 2:16). He does not say "thou shalt not touch of it." The serpent asks Eve "yeah, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Gen. 3:1) But Eve adds to her answer. She says, "God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it" (Gen. 3:3). Where does this touching come from? From what's recorded in the Bible, God never said, don't touch. He only said don't eat. Did Adam add to God's command or did Eve embellish the command? What is the significance of this?

2. Coat vs. apron & skins vs. fig leaves .... Adam and Eve made aprons of fig leaves for themselves, but God made them coats out of skins. When reading this passage I always focused on the difference between the aprons and the coats (i.e., coats cover more), but this time it dawned on me that there is also a difference between fig leaves and skins. Blood had to be shed for the skins to be obtained. To me this foreshadows Cain and Abel. The fig leaves were not enough for a covering; otherwise God would have made the coat of them.

3. Abel - the devotional pointed out that Abel means temporal. Cain means possession. Just an interesting fact :-)


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