MONDAY, MAY 13
“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
Genesis 3:20 (ESV)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH: MOMS
It is said that in a great city there was a physician famous for his wisdom. A man came to him one day and said, “Doctor, I want you to see what is wrong with me.” The doctor checked him over and said, “Your heart is all right. Your lungs are all right. Your blood pressure is normal. But you look as if you are run-down and tired, disillusioned, and unhappy. You need to do what I did. Go out to the circus in town this week and laugh at the famous clown with his funny mask, his big shoes, and his slapstick! He is hilarious! I went and I laughed and laughed! I prescribe for you a visit to the same circus. Sit for two hours and laugh at that clown, and you will forget your troubles and have a happy heart.” The man said, “Doctor, your prescription won’t do me any good. I AM THAT CLOWN!”
Do you ever feel like that clown? You have to wonder how many moms and families put on the happy face for others when deep down they are hurting? This past Sunday we kicked off our “Family Circus” sermon series for Mother’s Day. The reason Eve was created by God was because in all of God’s creation there was one thing that was NOT GOOD. And after God created Eve He said it was “very good.” Motherhood was one of God’s greatest creations but also one of the most challenging responsibilities God ever gave us.
Adam gives her the name Eve which means life. And ever since then mothers have been life giving in many ways. Eve is the mother of all mothers. She is the matriarchal head of the human race. All of us have her genes, her DNA, her blood coursing through our veins. Eve’s story is our story. As the first woman and the first mother she represents so many things, not just to women and mothers but to all mankind. Her story is a story of temptation, tears, tragedy and triumph.
Life inside the Garden of Eden was designed to be the “Greatest Show on Earth.” However eventually things go south and sin ruins a good thing. This week we will review some of the “circus reality” that was part of Eve’s life inside and outside the garden of Eden. Based on what you already know about Adam and Eve’s life in the garden, what are a few positive and a few negative ways you can relate to their story? What about God creating Eve transitioned God’s creation from good to very good? Ask God how He wants to transition your story from good to very good.