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“So the LORD God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”
So we come from the period before creation to the early days of our universe. The first verse of Genesis 1 reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and the final verse says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” We know that man was the pinnacle of God’s creation, Adam and Eve being given dominion over everything else, as it says in Psalm 8:6. They were also given a commandment by God and had the choice whether to live in obedience and, as a consequence, in harmony and fellowship with God, their Creator or to go their own way, independent of their Creator.
Into the story came the arch enemy and both Adam and Eve fell for his blandishments. Fellowship with God was immediately broken and the way to the Tree of Life was barred to them. They were banished from the beautiful garden which God had created for them. They could never inhabit God’s eternal home into which sin never enters. The consequences could hardly have been greater and their disobedience, which tainted the whole human race with the same spirit of rebellion against God, could have been the end of God’s dealings with human beings but for God’s eternal plan which covered this eventuality.
A SAVIOUR WAS IN THE MIND OF GOD FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT GOD LOVED HIS FALLEN CREATURES AND DESIRED THEIR FELLOWSHIP. The force of John 3:16 is clearly seen here, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The prophecy above gives us certain facts about the battle that would one day take place between the devil and the Seed of the woman. A Human Being would take on the prince of darkness and gloriously triumph over him. The battle would be intense and Satan would be struck a mortal blow. Indeed, his head would be crushed, as it says above. Satan’s destiny is sealed. He spends eternity in the bottomless pit, (Revelation 20:2-3).
In the course of the battle, the Human Victor does not escape unscathed. His heel is wounded in the conflict. It is not a mortal blow but a blow nevertheless and we are familiar with the cost of the battle to our Saviour, the agony of the cross where He bore our sins in His body on the tree, (1 Peter 2:24). There was going to be an enormous price for Him to pay.