Sunday, 9 May 2010

The first mother

Paul Anka in 2007. Image courtesy of Evert-Jan Hielema, Wikipedia

Joel Kontinen

Fifty years ago Paul Anka, a Canadian-American pop singer, recorded the single hit Puppy Love. Its B-side had a song called Adam and Eve, also known as In The Garden of Eden.

Yes, he was singing about the first couple in human history. On mother’s day it is good to think about the woman who became the great-great-great matriarch of us all. As Genesis 3:20 puts it: ”Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.”

In the beginning there was no ape woman but Eve, a real woman who was created into a perfect world. She witnesses both great love and great tragedy as her decision caused disaster for the human race.

Jesus used Adam and Eve as an illustration of marriage (Mark 10:6-9):

But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

The first mother and the first father provide the biblical model for marriage: one man and one woman.

Happy mother’s day!