Chapter One of this book, "Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs tells the story of Evie. Evie is a young girl who is living a charmed life, the apple (pardon the pun) of her daddy's eye. She lives in a beautiful area of Savannah, with all of her wants and needs met. Evie has got it made.
She has boyfriend named Adam and the story opens with Evie and Adam attending her coming out affair. It was a really fancy event, akin to a debutante ball, for here is where Evie was to be presented to society. While there, walking through her father's beautiful garden, Evie meets up with a stranger named Devin. Devin is friendly and interesting and he entices her to visit an area of her father's land that she's been told not to visit. But she goes, encourages Adam to go and they both immediately feel shame and guilt for disobeying her father's rule.
This chapter then goes on to equate this tale to the story of Adam and Eve, found in Genesis, chapters two and three.
Here are just three of the key points presented in this chapter of the book:
- Temptation is often very attractive. In fact, the author, Liz Curtis Higgs, says that the serpent didn't "hiss", it spoke warmly.
- Temptation knows us. It knows our weaknesses and what it will take to get us to switch sides.
- Temptation knows Scripture. In the story of Adam and Eve, the serpent rearranged God's words to make his own point. This is just another reason why we have to study the Word for ourselves.
Much of this isn't new to church girls. But the author raised an interesting question in this chapter, one I'd never really thought about...
Why Eve? Why didn't the serpent choose to tempt Adam instead?
I think the serpent went to the smarter of the two. I really do!
This isn't at all to suggest that men are dumb, but I think the serpent figured that it would be easy to get Adam to do what he wanted if he used Eve to tempt him. I'm not sure it would have worked the other way around.
What do you think? Why Eve?