International Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day theme this year is Balance for Better. I wanted to write about Eve… you know – the first woman according to.

Why write about her?

Two reasons. She brought balance, and because she has long been blamed for the Bible something she did not do… sin.

What does Eve have to do with International Women’s Day?

Several things, actually. Christians and Jews see her as the first woman created. From the information I could find the creation story in Islam is a little different, focusing more on the creation of mankind.

Sticking with the Christian viewpoint because I know that better… Eve often wears the label ‘the one who sinned,’ and who tempted her husband to sin.

That she is a secondary creation and subordinate to man is another misconception.

Refuting the misconceptions

Celebrate Eve on International Women's Day
By Michiel Coxie - Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain

First, that she was secondary and subordinate. Read this and judge for yourself…

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Genesis 2: 18 NKJV

Does that sound secondary? ‘A helper comparable to him.’  My understanding of helper is someone very skilled and trustworthy. Comparable, to me, means of similar standing.

Dictionary.com says this…

Capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison.
Worthy of comparison.

Eve brought a balance that could not be achieved by Adam alone.

Now to the sin. Who was the sinner? Again, according to the Bible…

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 3: 16, 17NKJV 

If you read the full text at the start of Genesis 3 you will see that the serpent made a concerted effort to seduce Eve into taking the fruit. He manipulated her.as well as deceived her… subtly.

Note: God gave the instructions to Adam.

Question: Did Adam tell his wife? The text does not say but by reading the conversation she had with the serpent, she knew of the restriction. Nevertheless, she gave in to the temptation.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 
Gen 3: 6 NKJV

Yes, Eve was tempted.

At any time, Adam could have intervened and pointed out what was happening. He said nothing… Moreover, he did not object when Eve handed him some fruit. Instead, he ate it.

So, who was the sinner? Adam was the one instructed by God. Adam was the ‘head of the household’ and Eve the helper comparable to him.

Another question: Should he not have protected the one he had been given as a helper?

Eve, unfairly has worn the blame all through the years.

I trust I have given you ‘food for thought’ – and it is not the forbidden fruit. We were given minds to think and to make free choices. Eve made a poor choice. Are we not all guilty of that from time to time? (Both males and females.)

So, on this International Women’s Day rejoice

No woman is a subordinate creation. Woman is different to man and has a skill set that complements a man and brings that balance to his life…if she chooses to be in a relationship. If not she still has an important skill set.

Balance is better, yes, and to achieve that balance we all have choices; we need to use them wisely.

Musing on International Women’s Day,

Susan

13 thoughts on “International Women’s Day

  1. I had never realised until you pointed it out that Adam receives the instruction and does nothing to tell Eve, or to refuse the fruit himself! And she was “comparable” to him .. not his property… Very interesting. It is such a potent story .. with the garden, the apple and the woman.

    • Hi Jean, thank you. At any time Adam could have stepped in (as we do when we see someone doing something dangerous), but he didn’t. It’s almost as if he was watching to see if Eve did die. He must have wanted the fruit himself but didn’t take it. I found it so interesting that she was created ‘comparable’ not subservient. She was the balance to his life. (Or supposed to be)
      Was an interesting study.

  2. Hi Sue – I love the sense of balance you bring to Eve’s reputation it gives a wonderful sense of perspective. Thank you.

  3. Thank god for you Susan in being the voice for Eve. Was interested to read this and your commentary as you raise some interesting points. Not a subject with which I am very learned so it is good to understand a little more from your perspective and I enjoyed reading. Eve certainly deserves a mention on a day like today. Good on you for getting her involved.Great to see you here again.

  4. The Bible is, of course, a great example of man’s or HIS -story! Today we can re- interpret these stories through the lens of our own times and the progress made by the efforts of countless women to change what had been taken for granted. Women like you!

    • Thank you for your comment. I have found though, that trying to understand the stories looking from our times is problematic. The meaning of words has changed and the culture is different. Learning to walk in the sandals of the people of the first century was interesting.I think someone from the distant past would be completely lost with our towns, cities, technology, and even our modern conveniences. 🙂

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