"And I will put enmity (division) between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
God is addressing the serpent after he deceived Eve (and Adam) into eating the forbidden fruit.
I would like to ask the following questions,
1. "Who is this serpent?" Is it really just a snake or is it someone else?
2. Who is this future seed the snake will battle?
I believe the snake is Satan (the devil) and the seed that will crush the head of Satan is the Messiah. Consider
The future seed who battles the devil is the Messiah.
1. The Jerusalem Targum and the Targum of Jonathan speak of a healing from the bite of the Serpent "in the days of King Messiah."
2. Ancient Rabbinic writing identifies it with the Messiah. "This is that 'SEED' that is coming from another place, And who is this? This is the KING Messiah." (Ber. Rabbah, 51, ed., Wars p. 95, a, on Gen. 19:23)
-Ancient Jewish writings identify the seed as being the Messiah!
The serpent is the devil.
1. "The serpent of Genesis 3 is identified with Satan." (Jewish Encyl., p. 70, col. b)
-The Jewish Encyclopedia clearly identifies the serpent as Satan.
2. Rav. Shaul/Apostle Paul (who was a Pharisee in Israel) understood it to be Messianic as seen in Romans 16:20, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet." Shaul is clearly thinking of Genesis 3 when he wrote this.
3. The Apostle John understood it to be Messianic as seen in Revelation 12:9, "The great dragon was hurled down that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. "
4. As you read Genesis chapter 3 you can see the serpent's intelligence. Notice its hostility towards God, and its intent on deceiving and ruining man. All animals were placed under the dominion and rule of man, but this snake does not seem to be under the rule of man. This snake does not appear to be an ordinary animal.
The serpent is described as being "subtle." The Hebrew word means, cunning (usually in a bad sense), crafty, prudent, (smoothness). In Genesis 3:1 the serpent first tries to get Eve to question God. Then he lies about God Himself. Is this just a snake?
I would also like you to see that there is a specific battle between Satan and the Messiah (the seed). The seed/Messiah will crush your head (Satan), and you will strike his heel. Messiah has his heel stricken. This is not fatal. When your heel is stricken you will go down, but you will get back up again. According to this the Messiah will be stricken by Satan. Could this be referring to Messiah's death on the execution stake (commonly referred to as the cross)? You would think that being executed is fatal, but we see in the writings of the New Covenant that three days after Yeshua died, He rose from the dead! Yeshua was stricken, or knocked down, but it was not fatal.
The Bible promises that when Yeshua returns He will deliver a fatal blow to Satan. "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He (Yeshua) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." (Col 2:15)
-When Yeshua died and rose from the dead He disarmed Satan's powers. Death had no power over Yeshua; He was able to walk out of the grave. "He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." (1 John 3:8)
-The Hebrew word for "in the beginning" is "Bereshit." This word is also translated, "Genesis." John is making a definite connection to the devil and Genesis chapter 3. And John states that Yeshua has come to destroy the devil or deliver a fatal blow.
We see in Genesis that Adam and Eve sinned or disobeyed God. The end of Genesis 3 shows that the result of their disobedience was that God removed them from the Garden of Eden or His presence. This is what sin does. God is holy and cannot have sin in His presence so sin separates us from God. In this chapter God also shows the remedy for sin. There will be a battle between Satan and the Messiah. The Messiah will come and destroy Satan for what he has done. God loves us so much that as soon as there was a problem that separated us from Him, He immediately announced the remedy. The battle has been fought. Yeshua the Messiah has triumphed over Satan.
Will you thank your King and offer yourself to Him?
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