Thursday, May 2, 2013

Women of the Bible: Eve (part 3)

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18 

As I end my “mini” study of Eve please review the outline and “dig deeper” as you answer the questions for yourself.

I.  A Closer Look
    A.  Eve created as helpmeet Genesis 2:18
               1.  What is a helpmeet? Hebrew means aid
               2.  Do we hinder or help our husbands/ others?

Hinder – to make difficult for; …

Help – to make it easier for (a person) to do something; …

‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after’   ~ Shakespeare

  B.  Eve’s Problem
               1.  Discontented Genesis 3:6
               Eve could eat from every tree of the garden but one. The more she had the more she wanted.
                         a.  Wanted more than what she had
                                    I John 2:16 
                         b.  Ignored what was right in favor of what was appealing

               2.  Are you discontented or contented with your life?
                         a  Discontent – lack of contentment; uneasiness; dissatisfaction at any present state of things;
                         The root of all discontent is self-love.  ~ J.F. Clarke
                         b.  Content – happy enough with what one has or is;

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.  ~ Lin Yutang

He who is not contended with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. ~ Socrates

              3.  Don’t look at circumstances, look to God

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

The best remedy for our discontent is to count our mercies. By the time we have reckoned up a part of these, we shall be on our knees praising the Lord for His great mercy and love. ~ The Quiver

C.  Eve’s influence on Adam
          1.  Influenced the wrong way -gave him fruit Genesis 3:6

          2.  How do we influence others?

          3.  Do we discourage or encourage?

Discourage – to deprive of courage; to dishearten; …
Discouragement is the common denominator of all unhappy lives. ~ W. Beran Wolfe

Encourage – to give courage to ; to give confidence to …
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. ~ Anonymous

II.  Avoid and  Apply

   A.  Avoid
               1.  Being a hinderer
               2.  Being discontented
               3.  Being a discourager

  B.  Apply

1.  Being a help meet or helper
2.  Being content
3. Being an encourager

The choice is ours. Each one of us needs to answer for herself. We need to use God’s word as our guide.

Have a blessed day, 

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