Q & A – Genesis 3:15

Question:
Bro. Schoemaker can you explain the latter part of Gen 3:15 please

Answer:
In Genesis 3:15 we read:
And I will put enmity (hatred) between you and the woman,
and between your seed
(offspring) and her seed (offspring);
He shall bruise(¹ you on the head,
And you shall bruise(¹ him on the heel.

¹) The word ‭ףושׁ‭ shuwph (pronounced as: shoof‭), here translated as bruise can also mean: “break”, or “crush”. Maybe it is interesting to know that the Dutch translation uses here “vermorzelen”, meaning ‘to pulverize’. Showing that there will be nothing left of the head of the snake, and that the snake will be dead and harmless.

Satan bruising the heel, that is the human nature, of the offspring of the woman, points to the suffering and death of the Christ, to how the Christ would be crushed under the heavy weight of sin of mankind. Yes under the weight of your and my sin.

The enmity (hatred) between satan and mankind, causes us to still be bothered by a continued suffering for His name. The devil still tempts us, persecutes us, and, when he sees a chance to do so, slays us. And doing so, he not only afflicts us, but also the Christ Who lives in us. Doing so satan tries to put a continuation in crushing Christ’s heel on earth, while His head is in heaven.

But, Jesus completely overcame satan, by setting sinners like you and me free, and rescuing our souls out of satan’s hands. By His death Jesus gave a fatal blow to the devil’s kingdom, a wound to the head of this serpent which is so bad, that it’s head is ‘pulverized’, a wound that cannot be healed. Leaving the old snake dead, and harmless.

And while the Gospel still gains ground, satan keeps falling to his final destination.


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