Another name for the Virgin Mary is The New (Sinless) Eve. This is based on Genesis 3:14-16, also known as the “Protevangelium” (the first gospel) and presages the entirety of the New Testament.
In Genesis 3:14: “The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
The Moody Bible Commentary (pp. 45- 50) is replete with fascinating knowledge. But I am going to stop because it also states that,
“[T]he point inevitably emerges that people, on their own, are not able to assess accurately what is truly good — or, more specifically, that man’s assessment of what is good must be guided by the parameters established by God’s Word. … Eve assessed the “good,” or appeal, of eating the fruit in three distinct ways: it was practical, being useful for food, it was aesthetically beautiful, and it had the possibility for wisdom. Theses three areas preyed upon the woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual desires.”
This is, after all, a Lenten exercise and I have to say, it is strangely comforting to know that from Time Immemorial, women have been thinking the same way. I am always a sucker for the “lust of the eyes”. (Mostly).
I will get back to the topic above, but for now, let me ask you: Does any of this resonate with you? What is your Achilles heel? Some of my weaknesses are a good rib-eye, Chanel lip gloss*, and expensive Bible dictionaries. The Trifecta of Temptation! Hosed and redeemed, all at the same time.
*LaLopez introduced me to Dior Lip Glow, which is a serious runner up for “lust of the eyes”. Both Nordstrom and Dior show there only being two colors but in Nordie’s there is actually a THIRD color, lilac. PUCKER SUCKER!!!