Heads and Heels - and Hope
And I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 NKJV
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Just a few hours later, the Sunday morning sermon at Good News Baptist Church was about the hope of this verse - the promise of the hope in her Seed.
“No sooner was the wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed.” - Matthew HenryAdam and Eve were created in the image of God, and had a perfect life - they walked with God, and talked with them in the beautiful Garden of Eden. But they sinned, and because God cannot bear to be near sin, the fellowship was broken, and they were expelled from His presence.
Though Satan the serpent would bruise the heel of Eve's seed over and over again, her pinnacle Seed, Jesus Christ, would do much worse to Him. Still, even the Son of God would be bruised in the heel -
The one that was foretold to the very first man and the very first woman - and so to us.
Heavenly Father, thank You for this season of advent, for the reminder that you had this all planned from the beginning - and that you never leave us without hope. Help us to remember Satan's wounds are never fatal to our faith, and that we, and You, have already won. And help us to celebrate Your Son's first coming in a way worthy of its splendor, and to anticipate His second with hope and encouragement. In His name we pray. Amen.
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Does this generally "negative" passage now give you hope? What other Bible verses give you encouragement in unexpected places?
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1