The Mother of Us All
May 13, 2012
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
” (Genesis 3:20)
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was called the mother of all “the children of promise
” (Galatians 4:28), and the wife of Noah was the mother of all post-Flood
mankind, but Mother Eve, alone, was “the mother of all living.” “Adam
was first formed, then Eve,” Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:13, and so-called
“Christian evolutionists” have never yet been able to explain God’s unique
formation of Eve’s body in any kind of an evolutionary context.
Eve, as our first mother, experienced all the great joys and great sorrows
that all later mothers would know. She evidently had many “sons and
daughters” (Genesis 5:4), and probably lived to see many generations of
grandchildren. With Adam, she had even known paradise, but sin had
entered their lives when they rebelled against God’s Word, and God had
to say: “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” (Genesis 3:16). The
greatest sorrow was no doubt when Cain slew Abel, and as with another
mother whose Son’s innocent blood was shed many years later, it was like
a sword piercing her own soul (Luke 2:35).
Nevertheless, as near as we can tell, after her first great sin, Eve trusted
God’s Word henceforth, and received His forgiveness and salvation.
Later, as the mother of Seth, she taught him and her grandson, Enos,
about the Lord and all His promises. “Then began men to call upon the
name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26).
Most Christian believers are looking forward to seeing their own
mothers again someday–restating their love and appreciation for all
they did in bearing them, and in caring, teaching, and praying for
them. But it will be a wonderful experience to meet our first mother,
also, as well as Sarah, Hannah, Mary, and all the other godly mothers
of old. HMM
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