by Jeff Strite

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Stepping on Satan's Head (2 of 4)
Series: Players in the Passion
Jeff Strite
Genesis 3:1-15

OPEN: David Shepherd is a biology professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. In an experiment he conducted, he put rubber reptiles on or near reads and watched how 22,000 motorists reacted to them. They put fake snakes and turtles in places where the drivers would hit them if they kept driving straight; they also put the rubber reptiles where drivers had to go out of their way to hit them.
His conclusion: "There are apparently very few animals hit accidentally on the highway."
A couple of examples Shepherd witnessed:
A policeman crushed one of the snakes with his tires, then stopped and pulled his gun.
One woman saw the snake in the road and swerved to kill it, then turned around and ran over it five more times. (Uncle John's 2nd Bathroom Reader)

APPLY: Snakes are not generally well liked creatures
Both men and women have a healthy respect or fear of them
According to research I've read - women are more than 2x's as likely to fear snakes as men.

Genesis 3 tells us that God put "enmity" or hatred between the serpent and the woman.
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15 NKJV

Now, as much fear as women seem to have of snakes… I'm pretty sure THAT'S NOT what this verse is talking about.

First - the word "enmity" doesn't mean "fear".
Enmity mean hatred, a violent anger.
It's an emotion intended for one's enemy… not for a creature that you're afraid of.

The serpent was the enemy and God intended to destroy that old serpent with the offspring of the woman.

Well, what does that mean?
When Eve heard the message I think she only heard what she wanted to hear.
Her sin had robbed her of her the Garden and of God's intimate presence.
NOW, the promise was that a boy child would undo the damage

She figured that God was promising ...

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