77. The Bible, from its opening chapters, pictures woman as allied with God, in the eventual salvation of the world; paganism represents her as allied with the devil, for the ruin of man; this is one great mark of distinction between the true and false religions. God spoke to Satan of a coming Victor over him. Satan heard, and Eve, too. They both believed; and Satan began to persecute the woman who was to bring forth a conqueror, while she began to expect deliverance. We know of this expectation from Genesis 4:1. On the birth of her first-born she exclaims (and oh, the pathos of it!), “I have gotten a man,—even The Coming One!” Neither the translation committee of the A. V. nor of the R.V.could content themselves to leave this as in the original, without the supply of additional words. Such an exclamation on the part of Eve did not comport with the traditional representation of her character. In such cases it is not necessary for us to imply that there was any intention to mislead,—for it is impossible to lead into truth which one cannot at all apprehend, unless it be indeed the work of inspiration.
Eve was constituted the progenitor of Jesus Christ, and of all believers, because she was the first believer on Him,—the first redeemed through faith in His name.
80. Test the truth of this assertion, not by the witness of man, but by your own spiritual experiences. Had you sinned, and confessed, and been comforted by God with the assurance that there was One who would conquer your enemy for you; and had you accepted that One by faith, what would that have meant to you but the witness of sin forgiven?
And next, we are told that having been so assured of coming victory through Another, God turned upon Eve and pronounced a solemn curse–having binding force for all time upon all her female descendants upon her head. Monstrous! What a slander upon God’s mercy!