Genesis 3:15: Strike His Heel
Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 20, 2012
The first prophecy of Jesus recorded in the Bible is of course Genesis 3:15. ” And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
To understand this prophecy we must first look back at the previous texts to see how the events led to this outcome. The Bible opens with God’s creation of the world. After God created light, land, the sun and stars in the sky, all the vegetation, birds, fish and animals, God bent down, began gathering up dust from the ground and formed the first man, Adam. Not only did God show his close connection to Adam by forming him with His own time and hands, God put His breath of life in him. “Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” (Genesis 2:7).
It didn’t seem to be enough for God to give Adam, created in God’s image the entire world He just created. Adam needed to learn the most important lesson of all, so he would realize what it meant to be created in God’s image.
After God created the world and formed Adam with His own hands, He went to work, personally planting a garden. God spoke everything into existence and gave Adam dominion over it all. To teach Adam what dominion meant, God planted a garden while Adam watched. “Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.” (Genesis 2:8) Adam saw the time and care God put into the garden. Adam appreciated the planning, preparation, work and time. When God presented the garden to Adam, it was an example of unconditional love. Adam was now ready for a soul mate, a wife.
The Bible shows God commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Did this indicate it was Adam’s role to tell Eve? How does this explain Adam’s role? How does this explain man’s role before sin, and after?
One day Eve wondered away on her own. Walking about the garden, admiring the beautiful world filled with trees, fruit, nuts, animals, and warn sunlight which gave her a sense of security. As she passed the tree of knowledge of good and evil she noticed a wonderfully colored serpent. The sun reflected off the beast contrasting him from the beauty of the tree and its fruit. To Eve’s surprise the serpent spoke directly to her. “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
The crafty serpent controlled by Satan, accused God of restricting Eve and her husband of not only one tree, but denying access to other trees. It appears Eve already had the quality of defending her family. Satan was taking advantage of this quality. In this case Eve was defending her Father, the Creator of the universe. “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'” (Genesis 3:2-3).
Satan was able to over come Eve with his cunning plan. Once Eve saw she didn’t die, she offered the fruit to Adam, and he also ate. Their eyes were opened to sin and they felt ashamed. At first they tried to hide from God. They lost a connection with their Creator. After casting blame on one another, the serpent then God, they faced the consequences of their disobedience. Within the curse is the first of many prophecies about Jesus. “I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
This is course was a prophecy addressing the conflict between Jesus and the Satan, represented by the serpent. The prophecy points to the cross where Satan will appear to gain a victory over Christ, but in the end will loose not only his kingdom, but his life.
John 13:18-19 “I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’ (19) I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I AM the Messiah.
The Scriptures show how Satan was able to control a number of people to carry out his plan. Judas, Caiaphas, and Pilate were all pawns in his game. Caiaphas and Pilate had a lot riding on the outcome. Both were protecting their status, jobs and fortunes built on the backs of others. Judas was attempting to join the group of the worldly elite.
Jesus had another role and motive in the plan of salvation. God allowed Satan to carry out his plan. The results may not have been what he expected. It seems the results were not what anyone in the Gospels expected.
Luke 24:6-8 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, (7) that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (8) Then they remembered that he had said this.
What type of victory did Satan hope to gain as Jesus hung on the cross? Is there any type of parallel between Satan and Caiaphas? Did they share the same motive? Was control and power more important than truth?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (John 14:6-7)
Jesus gave up His throne in Heaven to show us the way back to God His Father. This takes us right back to Eden when God walked with Adam and Eve. A relationship God never forgot, but has been working for thousands of years to reestablish. The same loving hands that formed Adam and Eve were nailed to a cross. The same breath giving life to Adam, gave life to everyone who listens to His words. Jesus came to bring the truth to this world. He came to do away with man made doctrines, misconceptions about God’s law, and burdens placed upon mankind which forced them further away from God. Jesus died to show the true meaning of the prophecies and do away with all the misinterpretations causing so much division. Jesus came to offer life to a planet dead to sin. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).
Jesus died and rose from the grave to reopen a direct path to God. To reestablish the personal relationship He always intended for each and every one of us.
We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:13-18)