After Adam and the woman whom God had made for him, were tricked by Satan, the adversary, to disobey God, God cursed the serpent (Satan) and the ground and told the woman and Adam the consequences of their disobedience. To the woman and Adam, sorrow from labor/toil was a consequence of their disobedience and then God told Adam, that dust he was and to dust he shall return, implying that man (both male and female) shall die. Then the Bible records that “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20).
This saying of Adam may seem absurd at first for there is no mention of Adam or Eve to have borne children until then and yet Adam names his woman, Eve, as if she was the mother of all living. How is Eve the mother of all living? We can dissect this, in two viewpoints – physical and spiritual. Physically, Eve is the first mother of all of creation and it is through her progeny that the entire world has come into being. Spiritually, the promised Messiah of all creation, Jesus Christ, who would bring about the gift of God, which is eternal life, shall come (John 3:16) as the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4) .
From this we can exposit that Adam understood not only the Just and Holy nature of God, who had to give the verdict, that the wages of sin is death (and to dust they shall return), but also the merciful nature of God, who would bring about life through the seed of the woman, meaning that life will continue, despite of death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life and if any one believes in me, even though he is dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
Points to ponder:
Only in Jesus, the seed of the woman, is life, life eternal? Do you know him as your Lord and Savior for only in believing in him is eternal life (John 17:3)?
Genesis 3:20 (KJV)
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
John 11:25 (KJV)
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: