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 created Adam and Eve for His glory and allowed them to have unbroken fellowship with Him. What a joyful relationship they had with their creator and provider. But they fell for Satan’s lies and deception by questioning the goodness and wisdom of God. And thus, mankind was forever tainted with a sinful nature in opposition to God. God’s justice came forth with a curse of many hardships and surely death. But Satan also received God’s decree and future promise of his defeat. The serpent and the woman will stay at war. Enmity will govern their relationship. Her offspring will bruise the serpent’s head, and the serpent’s head will bruise his heel. The imagery is one of an offspring of Eve crushing the head of the serpent under his foot. The picture is of Satan being crushed under the victorious foot of Christ. Jesus’ finished work on the cross and resurrection conquers the curse of sin and death and brings salvation to all who repent and believe upon him. Many saints through the years have waited on the promise. By faith and trust in Christ, the waiting for this promise will be worth the wait. What are you waiting on right now? What promises of God are you clinging to? Advent season is a time of reflection, waiting, and faith in God’s promises. There is light amid this dark world. Jesus is the victor on our behalf is the light of God’s grace for sinners.
Questions of Reflection:
Why is the promise given in the Garden of Eden so important for our faith? What lessons do you pray God would teach you about waiting on the fulfillment of His promises during this Advent season?