It’s a new series for Mummy Meditations this month and we’re starting a series looking at the women of the Bible. As we like to start at the beginning, we’re starting with the first woman, Eve, and her creation.
We chose the following verse to start our new series:
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
In HER Shoes: Eve
Well… Eve… What a place to start. Let’s just put ourselves in her shoes (as far as we possibly could).
The first woman. Created to live in God’s amazing creation. Created to live in community with God Himself. Made to be Adam’s wife, his partner forever.
Wow. It’s kind of mind-blowing, isn’t it?
But first: God
We start at the beginning of the verse with the same three words that we keep coming across: “So God created.”
God did it. He is the most awesome creator. He created the first woman. And every woman since then is created by Him.
Women are amazing, physically. Our bodies are so incredibly complex. We can heal, nurture, feed, conceive, birth… When we think about the everyday miracles of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, it gives us a greater appreciation of the female body. Our bodies, from the crown of our head to the tips of our toes are incredible. We were created by God.
In HIS Image
We – both women and men – were created in the image of God. This phrase is so important, that it’s repeated: in his own image, in the image of God.
This has had such an impact on me this week. Personally, I have a very loud mental voice telling me that my tummy is too big, that I need to lose a stone, that my hair is a mess… I spend far too much time listening to that voice, and not to the truth of this verse: my body is made in the image of God.
As God created our bodies (in His image), he knows our bodies. He knows the complexities of hormones, of gynaecology, of ‘women’s health.’ He knows that we listen to that nagging voice. He knows how we talk to ourselves about our bodies. Let’s not forget that those bodies are made in His image. We have a responsibility and a privilege to care for our bodies. We definitely shouldn’t be shaming ourselves over them.
Any Bible commentary will make it clear that we are made in God’s image – we don’t have the power or knowledge of God. We are just made in a personal likeness to Him, and within that we have our individuality.
In HER Shoes: Female
Finally, we have that “male and female he created them.” Honestly, I think sometimes it can seem like women in the Bible were a bit of an afterthought. Perhaps that’s how I’ve interpreted it: God creates Adam, the first human and then realises Adam need a female to reproduce with. Perhaps it’s the term “woman,” and it’s definition given in Genesis 2:23 (“out of man.”) Or maybe it’s just the patriarchal society of the Old Testament.
But here, in the very first account of creation, God created humans both male and female. The woman, Eve, wasn’t just an afterthought, just there for procreation. No. Eve is there in her own right. God intended for her to be there.
So here we go, in Week 1: God made our bodies purposefully and intentionally. He made our minds, purposefully and intentionally. He made our personalities, our talents, our strengths purposefully and intentionally. He made Eve in His own image. He made you and I in His own image.
Let’s celebrate that. Let’s look after our bodies well. Stop being ashamed of ourselves and stop shaming each other. Never, ever apologise for your gender: you are made in the image of God.
As part of our study in this verse, Mummy’s Monkey has designed some amazing crafts involving decorating mirrors with your child. Do have a look at her post.
Next week, we’re looking at Genesis 2: 18 – ‘The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”’ I think it’s going to be a really interesting one, and Rachel will be writing it up next week.