And I will cause hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15 NLT
In Genesis 3:15, following the fall of humanity, our Heavenly Father declared and gave us a hint of His plan to restore our relationship with Him.
The serpent (devil) deceived Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, but Adam willfully disobeyed the Word of the Lord. Because of this act of disobedience, humanity fell.
However, because of God’s unfailing love and mercy, He promised that one day the woman’s seed—a descendant or offspring – would restore our relationship with Him.
“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel.”
Our Heavenly Father was referring to Jesus, our Messiah and our Savior.
The Scripture also tells us of a man named Abram (Abraham), who was called by the Lord to go to the place.
He had prepared for Abraham and his descendants. God also told Abraham that his seed (plural) would become a nation from which an exceptional seed (singular) would one day emerge.
“And through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed Me.”
(Genesis 22:18, NIV)
Then, the day finally arrived about two millennia after Abraham received that promise. An angel of the Lord
announced to a young Jewish virgin that the season had come for that long-awaited promised seed to emerge from
Abraham’s seed pot (descendants).
In his blog: A Seed Must Die, Ken Winter wrote, “But the fact of the matter is that the seed must die for life to burst
out. As it dies, it transforms into deep roots and stems that soon make their way out of the dirt into the air to grow
and blossom.”(Winter, 2020)
I remember a few years ago, Pastor Sharon Gonzalez once shared with us a life word the Lord had given her:
“The seed that dies in the Winter, comes up in the Spring, and bears fruit in the Fall. It may not come up
in the form which you expect it to; nevertheless, it shall come up.” (Sharon Gonzalez, Pure Grace Ministries)
Jesus was the seed that was promised to Abraham and his descendants. He was born to be the seed that died and was
planted on the earth for our redemption.
Sadly, the Israelites expected a king who would set them free with swords, but Jesus was the exact opposite.
Although He was a King in every sense of the word, He left all His glory to become a servant and take our place on the cross to restore our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
When Jesus died and rose from the dead on the third day, He forever crushed the head of the ancient serpent.
Father, thank you for reminding me today of your precious gift of love for all humanity. Jesus is the
promised seed who crushed the enemy and restored our relationship with You. Help me to remember the true meaning of Christmas throughout this holiday season. Give me opportunities to share Your precious Christmas gift with family and friends. In the precious name of Jesus, amen!
· The Lucado Encouraging Word Bible, Max Lucado, gen. ed., Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2020
- Winter, Ken. 2020: “A Seed Must Die.” https://kenwinter.org/blog/a-seed-must-die
- Pastor Sharon Gonzalez- Pure Grace Ministries