The Promise of the Woman's Seed (1 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Promise of the Woman's Seed (1 of 4)
Series: B.C.: Before Christmas
Jonathan McLeod


"I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring [seed] and her offspring [seed]; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15).

This prophecy is often called the protoevangelium, which means "first gospel."

Unfortunately, some of the gifts we give this Christmas will soon break (especially toys). And they will be thrown away.

When we became BROKEN because of sin, God had a plan to RESTORE us.

Who are the serpent and the woman's seed?

• The serpent is SATAN.

Satan is called the "ancient serpent" in Rev. 12:9.

• The woman's seed is CHRIST.

According to biology, a woman does not have a seed, so there is a hint of the virgin birth in Gen. 3:15. "When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman" (Gal. 4:4).

The word "offspring" (or "seed") can refer to one descendent or many descendents. Paul pointed out that God's promise to Abraham regarding his "offspring" was fulfilled by one person: Christ. "Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, 'And to offsprings,' referring to many, but referring to one, 'And to your offspring,' who is Christ" (Gal. 3:16).

The woman's offspring also refers to the children of God. Throughout history, there has been "enmity" (hostility) between the children (followers) of Satan and the children (followers) of God. This hostility was fi ...

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