~ Dedicate to all mothers and those who have mothers ~
“Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…” (Genesis 3:16)
Recently my mind has been dwelling on the above verse quite often. I understand that this verse is directing at Eve. She sinned and she had to suffer for her sin. Nobody has any problem understanding this fact. What bothers me is the lasting effect of the consequence of her sin.
As the mother of all living, the effect of her sin is overwhelming and far reaching. With her single act of disobedience, the course of mankind has to be rewritten. Since then, until now, death is very real. “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” (Genesis 2:17). There is no more direct mingling with our Creator. There is no more free access to the Tree of Life. We cannot enjoy the perfect life in the Garden of Eden. “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24).
Adam had to toil and labour. “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:17-19); He had to teach his descendants to toil and labour because the ground is cursed. Eve brought forth her children in sorrow and she had to submit to her husband. “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16). We do not bear Eve’s sin but the consequence of her sin affects us.
Therefore, when one sins, he will be punished and he suffers. The aftermath of his sin makes others to suffer also. Remember Daniel, Mordecai and Esther. They became the prisoners of war because of the sins of the Israelites. Remember also Caleb and Joshua. They had to suffer the additional 40 years of wandering in the wilderness due to the sins of the other 10 spies.
Twenty-six years ago I became a mother. It was tough. I had sleepless nights, tiredness, anxiety, helplessness…
Genesis 3:16 did not mention what kind of sorrow but all mothers have to experience some sort of it. Armed with my first experience, I thought my second pregnancy would be easier. It was not so. I still needed to go through the sorrow of the first kind and worst still, I have new sorrows.
Three months ago, my married daughter became a mother also. I thought I can be a great help to her based on my past experience. To my horror, what was laid in front of me is just simply different from what I have experienced. Even though armed with twenty six years of wisdom as a mother, I could not alleviate my daughter’s sorrow of bringing forth a child. At times I even have this feeling that I must have lent more sorrow to her instead of helping her. As I watch her going through these three months of motherhood and anticipate many more months and years ahead of her, I could not help but ask God for mercies on her and all mothers. I want to accept the reality of the consequence of Eve’s sin. There is no way to escape.
For thousands of years now the sufferings have been there and they will go on until the end of the world. If Eve knew that her sin would bring so much suffering to so many people for so many years, would she dare to sin? Get the answer from her someday. Do I dare to sin? I shudder when I think of what Eve had caused. Do you dare to sin? Please don’t.
Yes, Eve sinned. She suffered and she caused us to suffer also.
Yes, God surely punishes those who sin and He surely also blesses those who are not in it. Daniel, Mordecai and Esther thrived well in the land of the enemies. God protected Caleb and Joshua and they entered the Promised Land. God was with them and God is with us. Eve‘s sin affects us. Let us fear Him and He will give us wisdom and strength to raise up our children well. I have made it so far as a mother because I have relied on Him and also I have a godly husband and I live among godly people.
Thank God! We also have a great Deliverer and a Comforter. He can deliver us from suffering and comfort us. He provides a way of escape. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)
Do I hate Eve? No, definitely not because I am a great sinner myself and I have made the Son of God to suffer for me by dying on the cross. I have made and will continue to make many more around me to suffer when I sin.
Do I dare to sin? No, definitely not. I also do not want to have a part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone. May God help me.