Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Eve was created to be Adam's helpmeet, his ezer kenegdo, his strong helper, his life saver. But it was Eve who was deceived by Satan, who took of the fruit, who offered it to Adam.
Adam's life saver offered him death instead of life.
And she is blamed for this, for the entrance of sin and death into the world, and her daughters are blamed for this. She is abused and rejected and dominated and subjected and devalued by Adam.
But where Adam blames Eve, the woman God gave him to be his help, God held Adam responsible for his own choice, and in Adam, all man is under sin. All who are born of his seed are born into his death.
How devastated Eve must have been! She had betrayed Adam, succumbed to Satan's deception, failed at the thing for which she had been created. She was a life saver who had invited death for her husband. I live with this sense of inadequacy every day.
This Christmas season, as I was preparing to give birth to my son, as I visited and revisited Mary's experience, I discovered something more than Eve's failure. It was in Mary that Eve finally met her full potential, finally realized the reason for which she had been created.
In Mary, Eve delivered the Son of the Holy Spirit, slain before the foundation of the world for Adam's sin. She birthed Jesus, the second Adam, God-in-the-flesh who would not only save her, but who would be her husband's salvation.
Through the pain-filled birth of a baby, by the sword of death that pierced her heart as she watched her God-Son die in Adam's stead, Eve found her redemption.
Eve had failed, and miserably - but God... Ezer kenegdo indeed...
Tomorrow: Related thoughts on Adam... (Because Pete and I got to talking, and I wanted this to be a short post... Maybe I'll make Pete guest post - or at least take the credit for his train of thought here!)
And you just must forgive the continued use of baby pictures here. I've got a one-track mind behind the camera right now.
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