“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.”Genesis 3:15 (LSB)
Over 300 prophecies of Jesus appear in the Old Testament. Additionally, there are types pointing to Jesus—like Boaz in the book of Ruth as an example of Jesus as our Kinsman Redeemer. God’s promise … Jesus, our Messiah.
In the beginning, God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. They enjoyed the intimate presence of God until one day, they chose to eat the fruit of one forbidden tree. After they ate the fruit, they heard God walking in the Garden. God called out to them. Ashamed of their nakedness, they hid from God’s presence.
I’ve been ashamed … words I wished I could take back, thoughts I shouldn’t have entertained, actions I took that hurt others. I’ve wanted to withdraw and hide.
Yet, God did not want Adam and Eve to hide from Him. He caused them to confess what they did. Then He explained the consequences of their actions: cursed ground, hard labor, pain in childbirth, discord between themselves, dismissal from the Garden of Eden, eventual death, and separation from the presence of God.
But God covered their guilt with animal skins, the first sacrifice. It only covered their sin. More was needed.
God said that there would be hatred among Satan, the woman, and her seed, and Satan’s seed. The woman’s seed (a virgin) Messiah would bruise Satan’s head ( Satan’s power), and Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel. But Jesus would take away sin and conquer death.
In the very beginning, God had a plan for you and me. He knew we would sin, but He would send His Son into the world to pay the price for our sin—to redeem or purchase us.
God’s promise from the very beginning was Jesus.
God’s promise was and is Jesus. From the beginning of time to the end of time, God’s story points to Jesus, our Messiah, our Salvation.Tweet
Our loving God, You are our Promise Keeper. Thank You for Your lovingkindness that has no beginning or end. Your promises give hope and show us Your power and glory. Show us what You would have us learn as we prepare to celebrate and honor our Savior. Amen.
- Read Genesis chapters 1 to 3.
- What do these chapters reveal about God?
- What do these chapters reveal about you?
- How will you personalize these Scriptures?
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