In previous posts, I ask if Eve is culpable for her sin. Was she formed second to provide a way for Jesus to be born of Adam, yet without Adam’s sin? The first reason why I question her culpability is that the nature of her sin is different than Adam’s. The second is that the serpent is to blame for her sin. The third is that she was called living.
The last reason is that Eve believes God.
Christ was born of woman, from the line of Eve.
When God detailed the consequences of the serpent’s cunning interference, Eve was listening. Her ears heard the inferred promise to her, and she believed.There will be war between Satan and the woman; and between his children and hers. But her child will destroy Satan; Satan will only wound him.
This promise, typically taught as part of the Adamic covenant (seed covenant), was not actually about Adam, was it?
- Adam is not Satan’s foe, Eve is!
- Adam’s children are not the ones who war with Satan, Eve’s are!
- Adam’s child will not destroy Satan, Eve’s will!
Could God make it more clear? Eve aligned herself with God, and God honored her belief in Him with this beautiful promise, this first covenant of grace.
God makes personal promises to his friends.
By believing this promise, Eve functions as the first of the patriarchs…er….matriarch. 😉 God also promises Abraham that his seed will bless all people. He again promises the same to Isaac and Jacob. David is promised an eternal seed. It is through this line, starting with Eve, that Jesus is born.
“Was it a special honor to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David to be mentioned as in this stream of blessing which was to descend to humanity? Then it is well for us to remember that the source of this blessing, on the human side, is Eve, of whom God said, to Satan, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman; . . . her seed…shall bruise thy head.” The promise honors Eve quite as much as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the honor could not have been conferred upon her but for the same reason as upon them,—namely, because of excellence found in her.” (Katharine Bushnell, God’s Word to Women, Para 84.)
When God makes promises, humans can believe or not. When Abraham believed God’s promise to him , it was credited to him as righteousness. Would not Eve’s belief also count as righteousness?
Her belief is evidenced when Cain is born.
Eve waits for the One God promised who will avenge the fall of humankind on the devil. When Cain is born, she names him, “God has given me the man!” She believes he is the One, not understanding God has much work to do through sinful mankind before he sends the Promised One born of a woman, but not man. She looked forward to the time God would redeem; much as we look back to that same Redeemer, Jesus Christ. She believed God.
Eve is formed through Adam (second), so the promised seed would also be Adam’s, but without Adam’s sin.
The stigma of sin is transferred through the father’s seed to his children (as evidenced by male circumcision). For the promised seed of Eve to be born without the taint of rebellious humanity, there needed to be a way to insert him into the race of Adam without Adam’s sin. Thus, Eve must be formed through Adam. She must come from Adam, so that in time, Christ too descends from Him. But from Him BEFORE he was tainted with sin.
Eve is formed from Adam BEFORE he sinned, so she does not carry his taint. Her line now continues without Adam’s treacherous sin. But, of course it takes two to make babies, so every child born has Adam’s taint; yours, mine, everyone’s. Until the virgin. Until a child was born without the aid of a man and Adam’s tainted seed. It is then that Eve’s line, who we all descend from as well, continues from the perfect Adam. I already wrote on the significance of the Virgin Mary, here.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13
Eve is not to blame for the fall, Adam and the serpent are. How can we know this for sure? Because of God’s promise… and the serpent has been at war with women ever since.