A Remarkable Promise

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:15 (NIV)

As we begin our journey through Scripture from Genesis toward Bethlehem, today’s text is where we start. After the “Fall” of Adam and Eve, when the first sin was committed, the Lord immediately began to make a series of promises concerning His plan to redeem a people for Himself.

The first indication by God for the cure for our sin is in the words spoken by the Lord to Satan, “he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

These words suggest a battle between a man and Satan in which the man will be injured, and Satan will be defeated. We know that our Saviour was attacked by Satan very early in His life by mad king Herod. Joseph was told in a dream to flee to Egypt because Herod was after his stepson Jesus. The gifts the wisemen brought certainly came in handy for Joseph to finance the trip and sojourn in a foreign country.

It is comforting to witness the speed with which the Lord initiated these exceedingly great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). No sooner than the sin was committed in the Garden of Eden but the Lord began to unveil the plan of salvation. From among humanity the solution to human sin would come. The Man would represent His people as He crushed Satan’s head by rising from the dead. The resurrection of our Lord proved He paid the sinner’s debt in full. As Toplady put it so well:

The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do;
My Savior’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.

Dear reader, do you know if this promised Man represents you before His Father in heaven? Have you enlisted Him to advocate for you? Read how Joseph Hart put it:

Come, you sinners, poor and needy,
weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
full of pity, love, and power.

Come, you thirsty, come and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
true belief and true repentance,
ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.

Let not conscience make you linger,
nor of fitness fondly dream;
all the fitness he requires
is to feel your need of him.

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