The Garden of Earthly Delights [detail]. Nederlands: De Tuin der Lusten [detail]. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had thought for many years that the creation of Eve was only that God had compassion on Adam. I thought God considered loneliness in His man. And that Eve was simply created to fill that void. But after reading it again (with the new eyes the Lord Jesus has given me to see with), I see something new; something true and continuous from the truth I have come to realize over the years.
The word “suitable” is what turned my understanding. I had thought that loneliness and companionship were the target of that creation. Now I see that the word “suitable” stands out as the key to understanding the meaning of Eve’s creation from Adam.
Suitable for who? Is the proper question to ask. Suitable for Adam? From Adam’s perspective? Absolutely not. Wasn’t God with him? Wasn’t it Jesus who walked in the garden to fellowship with Adam? How much more peace can a man get than to know the Lord of creation in person? I have never seen Him. Yet, by the faith He has given me, I see enough of Him to enter even into death with an enormous peace and contentment. No. It was not for Adam’s lack that Eve was created. Suitable has to do with what is purposed by God Himself.
What was suitable for God was to create a place of testing for a people He would later gather into an eternal kingdom. This was His purpose all along. And we know that Jesus was crucified from the foundation of the world.
I have often told people who asked, that the two trees were placed in the Garden to create a people to redeem. The trees were the engine which would Glorify the Son of God. And then, at the first bite we can hear the engine start up. Did Adam know this? How could he? All Adam knew was that his kind creator had made someone just like him; someone who he would be so attracted to that he would obey any desire she had.
She was weaker, for she was not built from the ground up. She was built from a small piece of the man. She was not first. She was last. She was the one who was tempted. And she succumbed because God had planned, all along, that She would bring Adam into sin.
I read that Adam was told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And I perceive that obedience was primary within the man. Where obedience is full, there is no temptation. So God created a creature which would reach deep inside the man’s heart and pluck out his obedience to the Lord.
All the Glory goes to Jesus. And that, for the Glory of the Father in heaven. For He has created this place to produce a crop of holy people who have passed the same test His Son underwent. Don’t we read that those who overcome will be given the same glory as that of Jesus, short of ownership of all power, authority, strength, and such. We are designed by God to endure by the power of the Lord Jesus so that God will gather for Himself a people who will never fail to obey Him, regardless the temptation.
All the more then, we struggle to reach out to the God who made us. The God who tests our hearts, rebukes us as we wander, softens that hardness of heart which the serpent has, and leads us in His eternal ways. The proving of the man of God is NOW. Please don’t believe those who say that we can do as we please now. They say that God will transform us when we see Him face to face. Please don’t believe that lie. Submit now and you will enter into the very place God has in mind for you.
By His Grace.