The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
The name Eve originates in the Hebrew language and means “life” or “to breathe”. We identify Eve as the wife of Adam and mother of Cain and Abel. However, we also identify Eve as the woman who was tempted by the serpent through lies and deceitfulness.
How often have we been tempted by the lies of the fallen world? How often have we fallen prey to the deceitfulness elicited by a convincing, smooth-talking individual? We are often tempted to follow lies, our own sinful desires, and the devil, who is the father of lies. We, like Eve, frequently listen to the lies and question God’s Word. As God’s children, we know that Satan did not triumph forever. We know that God sent God’s Son into the world to destroy the works of the devil.
During this season of Lent, as we spend time in self-reflection, it is important to remember that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. We are not held hostage forever, we are given “new life” because of God’s unfailing and abiding love for us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the ultimate sacrifice of your only Son, Jesus, so that, knowing temptations abound, there is power to overcome. Amen.
Janet Byars, Former Lutheran Center Governing Council Member, 2015 – 2021