From a December 2004 Sharing
In Genesis 3:15 – God makes a 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.
What does this verse mean? Let’s break it down word by word:
“and I” – referring to God.
Will put Enmity – a separation, conflict
Between Thee and the Woman – Between Satan, (the adversary) and The Woman, Mary who was to give birth to Christ.
…It – “Her Seed, Jesus Christ”
Shall – “Absolutely” – A promise
Bruise – “To overwhelm: break, bruise, injure [destroy]”
Thy – “The adversary, the devil, Satan”
Head – Refers to a permanent or fatal injury –– “Christ shall utterly crush and eternally destroy Satan.” –– (Dakes Bible – Gen 3:15)
And – This is a figure of speech emphasizing each individual point separately when many “and’s” are used together.
Thou – “Satan”
Shalt – (still future at this time)
Bruise – injure
His – Jesus Christ’s
Heel – refers to a temporary injury – the suffering of Christ (which had not yet happened at this time) – and the Glory of his resurrection and ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of God!
Jesus Christ did come and offer himself as the sacrifice for the sin of mankind. For anyone who accepts him as Lord and Savior their sins and shortcomings are forgiven. Today, we have the ability to have God’s spirit within us and can defeat the adversary and his ways. Had the adversary known this was going to happen, things would have gone differently:
I Corinthians 2:7-8 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world (the adversary and his devil spirits) knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Had Satan known that Jesus Christ would be raised from the dead, he would not have crucified him. Because Christ was crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven we have incredible power from God!
Now we have eternal life available through the gift of Holy Spirit, the seed in us that comes from God!
God Bless You!