First woman. Let's look at her story. The first female. A helper suitable.
Genesis 2:18 God says: not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him...and as Adam names the animals paraded before him, he realizes his need with, "there was not found a helper suitable for him."
Genesis 2:21, 22 tells us that from a rib, Eve was fashioned. She is brought to him who is now awake from his deep sleep, and Adam calls her: bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh. ISHAH. And verse 24 continues the prophetic: for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and they shall be called one flesh. Verse 25: naked and not ashamed.
She is lead to Adam, brought to Adam. Presented. Suitable, helper, beautiful, perfect. The first wife. Told to leave and cleave before there were even parents or children. No dating. No engagement. Before she is even named, Eve, the words for female so far: she, mother, woman, helper suitable, wife.
She seems perfectly comfortable with her Creator who leads her to Adam. She seems to be listening as he proclaims and claims her. She seems to come fully equipped with a perfect body, and brain, and is able to see God as well as Adam.
Genesis chapter three: Now the serpent was more crafty..and said to the woman: you shall not eat from any tree of the garden? And instead of running to Adam and asking about a talking animal, the Bible says, the woman said to the serpent...
Adam had been told in Genesis 2:16: From any tree of the garden you may eat freely, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.
But, the woman adds, in Genesis 3:3: you shall not eat from it nor touch it lest you die !
A tree, in the middle of the garden. A danger. A test. Why did God create such a tree? Why place it in the middle of the garden?? Why this one test?
We send our kids to church and school and college for knowledge of good and evil. They got their knowledge from fruit? No, but from the easy pickings of fruit to toiling for bread, Adam and Eve will be banished. And to Eve is added the pain of childbirth. More later....