The Promised One
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
~ Genesis 3:15–17 (NIV)
God’s judgment of sin is interrupted by a stunning picture of his grace. Because of human sin, there are vast implications—from men and women to the very creation itself. But God promises that sin will not have the final word. This first reference to the plan of God to save fallen sinners, sometimes referred to as the protoevangelium (the first gospel), declares God’s commitment to his creation. He will not abandon it to destruction but will pursue it in love. His promise is clear—a descendant of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. The heel of this male heir of the first parents will be struck, though the child will emerge victorious by crushing the head of the evil one. The exact nature of the plan is yet to be explained, but the plan is already in place. Jesus, the promised seed of the woman, would leave no doubt as to the fulfillment of this promise. It would appear that Satan had done far more than strike the heel of the Son of God as Jesus hung lifeless on a cross. But God would have the final word. Through Jesus’ victorious resurrection, he would crush the head of Satan—permanently declaring victory over sin and death and fulfilling the promise made at the outset of the Bible.
Jesus, I thank you and praise you for your beautiful grace. Thank you for crushing Satan’s head. Help me to live my life fully aware of your grace and victory. Amen.In Jesus,
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God’s judgment of sin is interrupted by a stunning picture of his grace.