Spreading God's Love Thru Prayer
What’s In a Name – Part 2
Good Morning, and praise the Lord. We are continuing with the series on what’s In a Name. Please turn with me to Genesis chapter 2.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
We just finished a series called Daddy’s Little Girls, so this particular scripture ties into what I was sharing over the last two weeks. We all know this story, how God created the Heavens and the earth, and created man, whom He named Adam. Now the Lord gave Adam the freedom to name all of the animals, and gave him the order not to touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and warned him that the day he did and partakes of the fruit, he will die.
So God had compassion on Adam and said that he shouldn’t live alone. He caused him to fall into a deep sleep and from his rib, he made a woman. Adam named her that, because she came from man. Now watch this, because I want you to take a note of this. In chapter 3, he calls her Eve, because she was the mother of mankind.
Before the fall, when the Lord presented Eve to Adam, this was the first marriage that took place. This is also significant of the second Adam, namely, Jesus, who will be coming back to earth very soon to take His bride, the church, back with Him. The innocence of the marriage covenant, where the scripture says that the man and his wife were naked and not ashamed.
Let’s talk about Eve for a moment. Before she was bamboozled by the enemy, she had the distinction of being first. The first woman, the first wife and eventually, the first mother. That’s an awesome responsibility, and for a time, enjoyed the beauty of the Garden of Eden with her husband, the first man, the first husband and the first father.
Unfortunately, she was also the first transgressor of the mandate that God laid down for them. She ushered sin into the world because of her weakness and falling for the okey doke of Satan. She was summarily punished for her actions, and plunged us into eternal damnation until Jesus came.
Her name will forever go down in history as a series of first experiences. Like I said yesterday, in order to have a good name, you must keep God first and shun evil. While it didn’t happen for her, because of her own inadequacies and choices, it doesn’t have to go down like that for us. Ladies, we still have a chance to choose life and not death. Jesus paid it all at Calvary, so we can live again when we close our eyes for the final time on this side. Just make sure that Jesus is truly Lord of every area of our lives, and we will live His highest and best. May the Lord bless you, and we’ll see you tomorrow.