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The Original Sin

Eve was not always synonymous with deception. In fact, in the beginning, when Adam first laid eyes on Eve, she was the sum of all beauty.  In that moment, in the twinkling of an eye, Adam fell deeply, hopelessly in love. Here, finally, was a mate suitable for him. The woman God created was perfect in every way and a wonder to behold.  Her form was exquisitely crafted, every curve a marvel, flowing hair that shone with the sun and a face that surpassed that of even a Seraph.  She was, quite simply, the epitome of God’s new creation. Nothing like her had ever been seen before even among Angels, Cherubim, or Seraphim.

From that time on, happiness reigned supreme in Adam’s heart.  The first man felt fulfilled and contented with his new mate.  She delighted his senses, pleased his mind with her inquisitiveness, and satisfied his body as they became one.  Eve sung him to sleep, her sense of humor entertained him, and her beauty entranced. What more could a man ever want?

Perfect in beauty

Eve, though innocent as she was, knew she was desirable.  She could sense Adam’s complete and utter devotion to her and took for granted all that she was.  One day, as the first woman explored the garden by herself, out of curiosity she drew near to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the “forbidden” that drew her, for she wanted to understand why she must not to touch it. After all Eve thought, it’s not like I am going to eat its fruit. Just taking a little peek would have been all that happened too, had it not been for the serpent.

Satan said,

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Genesis 3:1

To begin with, Satan offered a partial truth, engaging Eve’s reason. Next, Eve said,

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

Genesis 3:2,3

Do not add or subtract from what God has said

Eve added to what God said, because He only said “do not eat of it” and made no mention of touching the fruit. Then Satan retorted,

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:4,5

Eve, realized (reasoned) that perhaps such knowledge was indeed good to have and desirable to be more than what God made her to be. Therefore, according to what she thought was right, Eve did this,

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Genesis 3:6

Eve first, then Adam, crossed over from living by revelation to making a decision to disobey God due to their own natural reasoning.  At that point the Holy Spirit left them both and their understand darkened.  Eve, through the lust of her eyes, deprived them both of that which made them whole.

Leading men into deception

Ever since that day of deception, women have been leading the human race astray when they leave their first estate.  Men love women and therefore females can lead them astray and cause them to sin as Adam did.  When A woman gets an idea in her head she can push her point with a man until he makes unwise decisions to keep her happy. Whereas men are usually not caught up in the deception, women can be deeply deceived and know it not. God says through Paul,

“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

1 Timonty 2:14

This is why God put women under the protection of men.  God purposely made women dependent upon men in order to keep them safe from further deception and temptation.  When a woman submits to her man she is much safer than when she decides life choices on her own. However, when she leaves the protective covering of her “God given head”, all hell breaks loose.

I’m so sure I’m right

Women can become so sure of themselves they are literally blinded to the truth.  In their deception, they can do all sorts of evil with no remorse because they actually think they are doing right.  Only after the damage is done, and after the demons leave, do they realize how wrong they may have been.  Sometimes, though, Jezebel never comes to grips with her sin and never repents of her haughtiness.

We live in an age deception where women no longer respect men. The daughters of Eve have left their frist estate and have become harsh task-mistresses over men who are created in God’s image and likeness. Women commonly speak carelessly, degrading men without realizing that they are blaspheming the very image of the Most High. Unfortunately, many women have more in common with Jezebel than with Sarah these days.

Righteous women still call their husbands lord

When men speak women do well to listen because they, not Adam, were caught in the deception. Arguing with men in a spirit of defensiveness in order to try to challenge or change their minds is often folly. This is why Paul says,

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:  Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

1 Peter 3:1-6

The daughters of Eve, when they take their position willingly, are majestic creatures of holiness and purity. Submission, for a woman, is her glory because it is obedience to God. Likewise, when a man protects and cares for his women it is his glory because that is his obedience to God.  Let women put their full energy and abilities to support their husbands.  Resist the temptation to beguile men to disobey God because this is the original sin.

God’s feminine ideal

Finally, if you desire to be a godly woman seek to be taught rather than to teach. Men are not supposed to usurp God’s preeminence and nether are women to usurp the position of men. Suggest rather than challenge, offer rather than demand, ask instead of insist. Be a Ruth or Esther, rather than a Vashti or Jezebel.  In this way you will find love and safety in your husband, helping to bring the Kingdom of heaven to Earth.

Good by by Matthew West and Leigh Nash