From the very day that Adam and Eve sinned, God made a way of escape for fallen humanity. Yes, there were consequences to their actions, but with them came a beautiful promise.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”Genesis 3:15
Let’s take a moment to dissect this verse. It is important to note that this is a prophecy – the first prophecy given in scripture. The context also tells us that the contention will be between the serpent and the woman. Let’s look into what a serpent and woman can represent in Bible prophecy.
The Serpent – Many verses in the Bible can be used to show what a serpent represents, but this one is so clear that it will suffice.
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”Revelation 12:9
The Woman – In Ezekiel 18, we see God’s church represented as a harlot. Of course, this was because they had entered into idolatry with the heathen nations around. We see similar examples in the book of Hosea. In Revelation, we see both a faithful, pure woman (church) and an unfaithful church described as a harlot. These examples clearly show the use of a woman to represent the church. It is between the church and Satan that enmity would exist.
There is also another interesting point which must be considered. In this prophecy, we see a seed (posterity) coming from both the serpent (Satan) and the woman (God’s Church). Let’s look at the posterity of both sides to see if we can glean some light.
The Seed of Satan – I think it is safe to say that the devil, who was once known as Lucifer before his fall, is the leader in the rebellion against God. Jesus said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44. If the devil is the head of the rebellion against God than all who choose to follow him in this rebellion become his seed.
The Seed of God’s Church – The Bible is very clear on this subject. Christ is both the foundation and the head (Matthew 21:22-24; Ephesians 5:23). All those that accept Christ as their Savior become the children of God. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Paul also states in his letter to the church in Galatia, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29.
So now that we understand the context of this prophecy, what hope does it give us? Satan would strike a blow at the church by killing Jesus, but it was a wound that would heal at the resurrection of Christ. It was not a deadly wound. The promise comes that Satan would receive a fatal wound to his head, and he did. Christ has broken the power of Satan over us if we will accept the help and strength Jesus offers.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”Philippians 4:13; 2:13
Here is the first glimpse we get of the plan of salvation in the Bible. God had tempered the judgments that came as a result of sin with mercy. Humanity did not have to move forward in a hopeless state. God was to make a way of escape, and all those who lived before Christ came to this earth were able to live by faith in this promise.
We have only just begun our journey, and you will soon be able to see where I am going with this. For now, we must end our study. But join me soon as we continue on our journey into this subject.
Written by Cory Lamming