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.
Questions for Kids:
Who is speaking? To whom is he speaking?
Why is he saying these things?
Explanation and Meditation:
The Bible tells a story. It is a story of a great hero who absolutely triumphs over his evil and cunning foe. It’s interesting then that as the plot unfolds across the pages of history, the advent of this great hero comes late in the story. Before Scripture even hints at his arrival, it first introduces us to his mighty foe. That foe is not initially named; the Bible simply calls him the snake.
Though it was Adam’s willful disregard of God’s rule that brought sin, death, and every kind of sorrow into our world, the temptation to rebel came from that conspiratorial snake–a hateful, jealous creature who was seized with murderous intent when he gazed on God’s lovely creation. Bent on destruction, he acted out his spiteful designs, ironically securing his final doom–a decisive end that would come at the hands of an also unnamed champion. In this verse, God spoke directly to the snake, prophesying about the one who would destroy him. God identifies the destroyer as a man who would descend from the very woman whom the snake had so maliciously deceived.
That day in the garden Adam and Eve’s grief over their sin and loss did not fully give way to despair because God not only cursed their great deceiver, but he also uttered the very first prophecy about a coming hero–someone who in destroying the snake would rescue them from their sins and from the consequences of them too. In his message of hope, God gave Adam and Eve an important clue as to where they might look for that rescuer.
They began to look for him in their very own children. In faith Adam and Eve reproduced and with the birth of each child they were hoping and waiting for their redemption. Can you imagine their heartbreak when Cain slaughtered Abel in a jealous rage? The one they hoped might rescue them from their sin was instead perpetuating it. But then Seth was born and with his birth came renewed hopes for redemption.
Years passed, and though Eve lived a long life and bore many children she never did see the redemption she longed for. And the sin problem was only getting worse. But God’s promise remained. And in time, he would would reveal another clue about where desperate humanity might find this promised son.
Songs of hope: Lesser sung verse of Joy to the World
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found.
Lesser sung verse of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing:
Come Desire of Nations come,
Fix in us thy humble home.
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface
Stamp thine image in its place
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King!