God's Prediction of Salvation

Gen. 3:15:
15 "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.

God is now going to make one of the most important prophecies in Biblical history. This is called the Protevangelium, the "first gospel" or the "first good news". Looking backward, God gave instructions to Adam and the woman. They disobeyed. The man blamed the woman. the woman blamed the serpent. After God gave them free will, they blew it with pride and greed as directed by the king of deceit, Satan. In verse 14, God curses the serpent. In this verse 15, God puts enmity between the serpent's seed and the woman's seed. What does that mean? First of all, enmity is deep-seated ill-will, hostility, and hatred. So God put hostility between two "seeds". Whenever the Bible context of "seed" refers to future life, it refers to the man's half of the reproduction process. The serpent's "seed" is referring to those in the future that will follow Satan. Now the word "seed" for the woman in this verse is contrary to the normal use. Using seed with a woman would refer to the ability to have a baby without a human male half of the relationship. In other words, God is referring to the woman having a baby without a man ... like Mary and Jesus (a virgin birth).

God says that the result of this battle between seeds would end with a "bruise" to each other. So what is bruise in this context. A bruise is a wound. They can be bad of not so bad. In this case, the location of the bruise is what defines the "badness" of the bruise. Satan will bruise the coming mighty power on the heel. Certainly, a bruise on the heel could and would hurt. But would it generally not be dangerous. The bruise to be inflicted onto Satan will be on the head.That would be generally more critical and more damaging.

Paraphrasing: God is going to allow a great deal of hostility and friction between the followers of Satan and the followers of the result of some virgin birth down in time. Eventually, there would be a conflict and the person from the virgin birth would be hurt but Satan would be hurt more seriously or killed. Using our 20-20 hind sight, there will be hostility between the followers of Jesus (virgin birth) and Satan. Jesus was killed (actually, a little worse than a bruise on the heel). However, Jesus overcomes death (Isa. 53:5). The "head" wound on Satan will send him eventually out of existence forever (as far as Christians are concerned.).

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