Notes From A Ladies' Bible Study. ( I knit dish cloths; so I am offering one to the first five females who complete this study. If you live away I will send it to you at my expense.)
A Little Family History--Eve
Genesis 1:26-31 In verse 27 is man male or female?
In verse 28 what instructions are given to us?
In verse 29 what does meat mean?
In verse 31 what does God say that was different from what he had said before?
Why would this be?
According to verse 18 what was the first thing that God said was not good?
Why were women made?
What does meet mean?
In verses 19 and 20 the LORD does a wise thing—something that is a good idea when raising your children. Does he give Eve to Adam right away?
Why was it a good idea to allow Adam to see all of the animals with their counterparts—their mates-- and not to give one to Adam yet?
Besides dressing and keeping the garden, what work is Adam doing in this verse?
Do your children appreciate the things you give them –maybe things you always wished you had—if you give them to them before they have had to wait and wish and work for them?
When you give birth to a baby are you somewhat in awe because this baby is part of you?
In a proper marriage relationship this is how the man feels about his wife. She is part of him. To tear the relationship up is to tear up the man. Because they are one flesh would you say that it tears up the woman as well?
According to verse 25 if there were no sin would nakedness be a problem with God?
In chapter 3, verses 1-5 what tactics of Satan can you identify?
In verse one--
In verse three what it the misquote?
In chapter 2 verses 16 & 17 who did God give these instructions to?
In Ephesians 5:21-33 we find that one of the things the husband is to do for the wife is to wash her with the Word of God so that she may be holy and without blame or fault. According to I Corinthians 14:35 what is one way in which you can encourage your husband to wash you with the Word of God?
Can you do this with an unsaved husband? YES! How?
In Genesis 3 :4,5 what tactic did Satan employ?
In verse 6, in what three areas was Eve tempted? For a clue look at 1 John 2:16.
Think of an example of the use of each of these three areas of temptation today.
In verses 6 and 12 what do we learn about the influence of a woman on her husband?
When we sin does it affect him?
When we sin we deal with guilt. This makes our dealings with others more difficult. We may be less patient or more easily angered. We must be VERY careful to live as holily and as purely as possible for the sake of others and ourselves.
In verse 7 we find that after we sin we do have more of the knowledge of evil(2 Corinthians 11:3); but instead of the short lived pleasure we had so anticipated, we experience longlasting shame. We then flounder about, attempting to make up for the indiscretion, and fail miserably. Our efforts are of short and inadequate success. In verse 8 we see that our relationship with God suffers painfully. Our attempts to escape His search for us are futile. He knows all. (v.9) He calls. (vs.9 & 11) He asks confession. (v.10) If we are truly His child we cannot long resist Him. What did Adam do in verse 12?
Which two individuals did Adam blame?
Whom does Eve share her blame with?
In verse 15 what prophecy is given and what does it mean?
What is the curse for the woman?
What does it mean?
The Hebrew word, herown, was translated “and thy conception” but simply means the one word, “conception”. Knowing this clarified the verse for me. I thought the verse was saying that having many children was a part of the curse; but that didn't fit with all of the rest of scripture. We are told to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. We are told that children are an heritage of the LORD and the fruit of the womb is his reward and happy or blessed is the man that hath his quiver full of them. This verse is talking about the sorrow experinced in pregnancy and during labor. Scripture also tells us that all of the pain is of little significance after the child is born because of the joy of having the child (John 16:21). What protection is given the woman in the latter part of verse 16?
Turn to 2 Timothy 2:11-14. God wants us to be under the authority of our husband. If we have Bible questions and take them to our husbands and ask them to find the answers for us and show gratefulness for what they find, we have done two things: We have been protected from deception and encouraged our husbands in Christian leadership. God has set us up to help our husbands become spiritual leaders. What are some ways in which we could blow this? I did this last night. (example)
Our husbands don't always listen to us. According to verse 17 should they?
Adam gave his wife two names. One is found in 2:23, the other in 3:20. What are they and what is the significance of each?
In verse 21 we find God making coats of skins for Adam and Eve. Sin requires a blood sacrifice. Animals had to be killed to provide coats for the sinners. Blood had to be shed to begin picturing the coming sacrifice of Christ for sin. The coats could picture the robe of righteousness provided by Christ's sacrifice (Isaiah 61:10.) Of interest is how God clothed a person. He made them coats. When I researched the Hebrew word for coat I found it to be a long shirt-like garment, generally with sleeves. Is this how Adam and Eve are usually pictured in illustrations you have seen?
Evolutionary thought affects the illustrations and Adam and Eve are pictured dressing more like cave men than a God-clothed man and woman.
Read 4:1,2,17,25 Here we find that Eve has given birth to sons and daughters. Cain has married a sister (5:4). Eve gives birth to a son, Seth, and says that he is given in place of Abel whom Cain had murdered. Wow! This woman has had her share of sorrow. Abel had been a godly man; but he was killed. Seth was another godly man. From this lineage will come Noah and eventually the Christ.
Read 5:1,2. We find here that mankind, male and female, has been named Adam by God. Adam means red earth.
We sometimes hear people complain about Eve. Have any of us done any better? Romans 3:23 tells me that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Eve is not alone. We have all sinned. And just like for Eve, so for us, Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages for sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life. And just as animals had to be killed to pay for Adam and Eve's sin, Romans 5:8 tells us that God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Just as God required confession of sin from Adam, so he tells us in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Luke 13: 3 Jesus instructs, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”