Provision, Problems, and Prophecy (Genesis 2:8 – 3:24)

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)  15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

In the cradle of civilization, where the Tigris and Euphrates, and the Pishon and Gihon meet, God created man and provided him a beautiful, fruitful place to live and be in direct fellowship with God.  He provided Adam with food, with dominion, and with a wife!  God set Him up perfectly for a life that would not be equaled at any time in history.  Then, Satan appealed to the pride and lust of human frailty and Eve, then Adam, ate of the forbidden fruit.  The problem of the human fall changed everything.  The curse was upon the serpent, Eve, and Adam, the ground, the plants, the animals.  This is a problematic continuing issue in the life of all humanity!

In addition, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden so that they would not eat of the tree of life and live forever.  Sin sabotaged their existence and robbed them of the direct fellowship with God they had enjoyed.  They would now experience hard labor in childbirth for woman, hard labor in planting and harvesting for man, and a dusty, crawling existence for the serpent.

In the midst of this season of loss, God sent a message of hope.  He prophesied that the seed of woman would bruise the head of the serpent.  We know today, although it may have been a vague reference at the time, that the seed of woman is Jesus!  How do we know this?  Jesus was born of a virgin, so therefore was only descended by blood from her.  Hence, the seed of woman.  Also, this passage is definitely a messianic passage relating to the one who would liberate, save, and heal all of humanity who would respond.  Although his heel would be bruised, the greater victory still goes to the seed of woman, Jesus Christ!  And because of Christ, that victory is available to us as well.  Praise God for the Messiah!  Praise God for victory over the enemy Satan!  Praise God that even in the midst of our fall, God is working on our behalf to heal us if we will look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

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