man's rib, but she has never been a mere side issue with him. She has always been acentral issue because of her influence on men. Not only was she the focus of Godand man, but as we read on in the story we discover she was also the center of thesatanic plot to destroy paradise, and bring about the fall of man. The fact thatSatan chose to make Eve his first target reveals just how subtle and clever he reallyis. She was the only living creature that had a powerful enough influence on Adamto bring him to disobey God. The serpent would not have gotten to first base withAdam, nor would any other creature Satan might use to entice him. There was onlyone choice, and that was Eve.The Genesis account makes it clear that there is one theme on which God, man,and Satan all agree, and that is that you can't win without a woman. God could notstop creating until He created a woman. Adam could not be content with a perfectparadise without a woman. Satan could not have penetrated Adam's defenseswithout a woman. W. B. Riley, the well known preacher back in the 1930's said,They talk about a woman's sphere,As though it had a limit;There's not a place on earth or heaven,There's not a task to mankind given,There's not a blessing or a woe,There's not a life, a death, or birth,That has a feather's weight of worth,Without a woman in it.That poetry is based squarely on the rock of revelation. Look at the big events of Bible history, and you will see women as key characters for good or evil: The fall, of course, and the wives of the patriarchs-Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel; the motherand sister of Moses; the wives of David and Solomon; Esther and Ruth; Mary andElizabeth; the many women in the ministry of Jesus, and the women at the cross andthe resurrection. These are just some of the major women who play key roles in thehistory of God's plan. If we go on into the book of Acts, and beyond into the historyof the church, we see that women have been, are, and will always be a key andcentral influence in everything that happens in God's plan.We live in a world where some see women as inferior, and where others put themon a pedestal, and see them as superior. Still others fight to prove that above all elsethey are equal to men. The biblical view condemns all three of these positions if they are held as exclusive truth. No view of women can be called biblical thatrefuses to recognize the full revelation that they are all three-superior, equal, andinferior. All three of these categories fit the first woman. Some Bible students say if you go to the first use of a term or an ideal in the Bible, that will be your clue as toits meaning throughout the Bible. I doubt that this is a fool proof rule, but it does fitthe study of women. If you study Eve, you have the foundation laid for all else thatyou will find in God's Word on women.