Eve – Mother of All the Living

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Do you know when Adam gave Eve her name? I would have guessed Genesis chapter 2 when God made them both but that isn’t the right answer. Adam names his wife Eve in Genesis 3:20. That is the verse immediately following the curses God gave them for the rebellion of eating the fruit and right before God made them clothes and banished them from the Garden. Here is what the verse says,

“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.”

What makes that verse so interesting is that God told them if they ate of the tree they would die. Yet right after all the curses Adam identifies his wife as mother of all the living. Wow! Now that is hopeful. He could have named her something along the lines of “mother of all those who would eventually die” but he didn’t. I wonder if Adam and Eve were both so relieved that God didn’t kill them then and there that although there were consequences, there was still enough hope left to see through it to see what kind of life would be on the other side of God’s discipline?

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