Happy Mother’s Day my friends!
To all you momma’s out there, thank you for all that you do! If you have a momma, or have been blessed by a woman who has nurtured you, please remember to tell them how much you love them! As for me, I’d like to say “I love you” to my own precious mother, who not only gave birth to me, but who has faithfully loved me in the good times and the bad. I also thank God for the women — my dearest grandmother, special aunts, older cousins, women in the body of Christ, and even female co-workers, who have made personal sacrifices to help me be the woman I am today. Women truly are life-givers and I thank the Almighty for each and every woman who has providentially been placed in my life.
It was my hearts desire to write a special reflection piece on Mary and Elizabeth for Mother’s Day. We have been studying those 2 women in the young women’s Bible study and I have so much to share … but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I ended up spending most of my Saturday with the sweetest 9-year-old girl and all of my plans — well, they just kind of fell to the wayside. So, in light of that, I’m sharing a piece that I wrote some time ago on Eve. I trust it will be a blessing to you! Wishing you all a very beautiful Mother’s Day!
All my love,
Given it is Mother’s Day weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about Eve. She is, after all, the first wife and the first mother. Genesis 3:20 says that, “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” How interesting that Adam would call her “the mother of all living” after she completed her part in ushering sin and death into the universe. How strange that Adam would call her this after God’s judgment on the serpent, the woman, and Adam. Despite this terrible fall from grace that held such unspeakable consequences for generations to come, God was making a promise. Woven throughout God’s pronounced judgment in Genesis 3:14-19 was everlasting hope. The Lord’s promise? Salvation comes! When God cursed Satan, He promised to put enmity between the woman and Satan’s offspring. Satan would forever despise and loathe the woman. But there was something else too. God would hard wire the woman in such a way that she also would hate Satan and his seed. Though Satan would bruise the heel, her seed would deliver the fatal blow and crush his head. In theology this is known as the “protoevangelium” or “the first gospel”. God punishes Adam and Eve for their disobedience but in mercy promises that the offspring of the woman will triumph over evil. This promise is ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Given that our Saviour is the Seed of the woman and he has taken part in the same flesh and blood, I cannot help but wonder what a born-again woman represents to Satan and his kingdom. Whereas the enemy “comes to steal, kill and destroy” a born-again woman comes with a message of life. Hers is the Gospel proclamation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! Her “feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:10) and although she knows that in this world there will be trouble, she also knows that Christ has overcome the world! (John 16:33). A regenerated, blood-washed, and born-again woman is a life-giver who cannot help but have an inner and holy hatred for all that contests the finished work of Christ on Calvary. Quietly pulsating through her veins is a defiant opposition to everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. A woman like this will stand in the face of fiery trials and not be moved because she knows that God always gives the victory through Christ! Salvation in Christ! Forgiveness in Christ! Hope in Christ! Eternal life in Christ! This is her life-giving message and everything that she says and does is a sermon! Do you know any women like this? I do. In fact, I’m proud to say that I know a few! This Mother’s Day let us honor and pay tribute to the life-givers in our world! And finally, let us pray for the grace to walk like Eve, wherever our sphere of influence, in our unique, and God ordained calling as life-givers!
***Reposted from Mother’s Day 2010 with a few tweaks here and there!***
Barbara Thayer says
This was a very interesting post. I had never thought much about Eve and her place in God’s great plan. How beautifully you tied this together with a redeemed woman and what she brings to this world. It gives us a picture of what we are to be in Him. Thank you for painting this word picture as we approach Mother’s Day. What an encouragement! Blessings to you my friend…keep on writing! I love your posts.
Such powerful words and so well written. A beautiful tribute to women and God’s amazing plan of redemption. Thank you!
Having not yet made your acquaintance a year ago, I am grateful for this ‘second chance’ to read this. Such messages are why I am a subscriber.
Another post that reflects your wisdom and your grace and your sweet and tender way of loving your sisters in Christ. Thank you for this precious encouragement. Much love to you!
I often wonder what went through Eve’s mind after the fall. It must have been a comfort to hear that first proclamation of the gospel.
Thanks for the encouragement to be women of God.
Lisa Guinther says
And as women of strenght, I believe we may suffer tougher attacks from the enemy…yet if we stand firm…we receive the greater grace in those moments. So like the Apostle Paul, we can say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” His grace, His strength, His love!
Love you sister!
“How interesting that Adam would call her “the mother of all living” after she completed her part in ushering sin and death into the universe”
Yes this is, and I hadn’t thought of it before. What a beautiful piece Christina. Thank you!
Petra Hefner says
Women messed up and was deceived, and yet God granted that she would be a life giver… Great grace from the start!!!! Beautiful piece, Christina! Love and hugs!
Diana Lovegrove says
Just like Diane, I’d never even thought about Eve being called “the mother of all living” after the curse of sin has been given. Thank you so much for this beautiful article, Christina, you have opened my eyes to new truths in God’s Word!
Christina Lum says
That was a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing and encouraging us with our Hope in Christ – what a gift you are. <3.
Thank you Christina! I feel the same about you and am so thankful for our friendship in Christ.
Laurie Collett says
Your mom forwarded me your latest blog post — she is a Godly sister in Christ and great blessing to me! Your blog is a blessing too, and I am now following it by email, and I invite you to consider visiting & following mine, Saved by Grace
Love in Him,
it’s such a pleasure to meet you laurie. my mother is a remarkable woman and any friend of hers is certainly a friend of mine. hope you had a wonderful mother’s day and i look forward to visiting your blog in the near future. blessings.
Laurie Collett says
Thanks, Christina! Your mother is remarkable indeed — like mother, like daughter! Blessings to you too!