by Jonathan McLeod

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Jonathan McLeod
Genesis 3:14-19

''I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel'' (v. 15).


''God saw everything he made, and behold, it was very good'' (1:31). Today, when we look at the world, we can't say it's very good. In many ways, the world that God made is very bad. What went wrong? Sin entered the world, and with sin came the curse. In Genesis 3:14-19, we discover how the curse affected the serpent (Satan), the woman, and the man.

[Read Gen. 3:14-19.]


I'm a fan of the Boston Red Sox. In 1918, the Red Sox won the World Series. It was their fourth World Series victory in seven years. After the 1918 season, the owner of the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Babe Ruth had been a pitcher with Boston, but he went on to become one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball.

Fast forward to 2003. The Red Sox had not won another World Series since 1918, and the Yankees had won 26. In 2003, the Red Sox played the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. In the seventh and deciding game of the series, Boston was leading 5-2 in the eighth inning. It looked like the Red Sox would finally defeat the Yankees in a playoff series. But the Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and won the game in extra innings.

Red Sox fans were heartbroken. They were constantly reminded that it had been 85 years since their team had won the World Series. Some Red Sox fans began to believe in the ''Curse of the Bambino.'' (''The Bambino'' was one of Babe Ruth's nicknames.)

The next season the Red Sox and Yankees met again in the ALCS. The Yankees won the first three games of the best-of-seven series, and once again it looked like there would be a sad ending to another Red Sox' season. No team had ever won a playoff s ...

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