Day 3: The First Promise
“And I will put enmity between your seed and her Seed, He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
“The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).
As is often the case with us, the awful consequences of their sins were not immediately apparent to Adam and Eve. But instantaneously a fundamental shift took place. Their eyes were opened, but not to the brave new world of possibilities that the serpent had promised them. Instead, they began to see the horrors of what they had unleashed. And yet—in the middle of their despair and God’s judgments against them—Adam, Eve, and the serpent were given a glimpse of what was to come.
For the smug serpent, who thought he had won the day, there was the sickening realization that he had just played into God’s hands—to his eternal destruction. And for Adam and Eve, there was a glimmer of hope that this self-made disaster was not irretrievable. From the very beginning (even from before the foundations of the earth) God had a plan in place to redeem this catastrophe. John MacArthur says, “The woman’s offspring called ‘He’ is Christ, who will one day defeat the serpent. Satan could only ‘bruise’ Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer), while Christ will ‘bruise’ Satan’s head (destroy him with a fatal blow).”
Within these opening pages of the history of God’s interactions with man, we see the full spectrum of the tragic situation that is our lot, and the hope God has in place for our redemption, through His Son. From this point on God builds upon this theme, revealing in layer after layer how He will make right what we so thoroughly made (and continue to make) wrong.
• What sin(s) in your life revealed to you consequences you could not have foretold? How has God enabled you to deal with the fallout (taken what was meant for evil and turn it to good)?
• What does it mean to you that God so swiftly revealed this glimmer of hope to Adam, Eve, and their doomed offspring?
Lord, I look back on my rebellion and foolishness and shudder. I am sorry for my sin, and grateful that the consequences were not worse. I am also grateful that You give me hope in Christ for forgiveness and redemption. Teach me how to live in that hope, and to share it in a hopeless world.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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