by Stan Coffey

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Mystery Questions Of The Virgin Birth (12 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
Genesis 3:14-24
December 21, 1986

INTRODUCTION: In Genesis chapter 3, Adam and Eve commit the first sin, plunging the human race into a constant warfare with the powers of darkness. After Adam and Eve had sinned they tried to cover their own sin by sewing garments of fig leaves. This was symbolic of man's effort to cover his sin through religion, education, social reform, etc. Just as the fig leaves were inadequate to hide their sin from God so man's self-efforts today are inadequate to deal with the sin problem. Following their self-effort, their separation. from God became obvious. However, God in love and mercy began to seek man out as he walked through the Garden calling "where art thou?" After confronting Adam with his sin God begins to question Adam and Adam and Eve both respond with excuses, showing man's propensity to always blame his sin on someone else. However, God had a plan before the foundation of the world was formed. It was to defeat Satan through the very human race that he had attempted to destroy. A Savior was promised who would be the seed of the woman. The seed of the woman would eventually crush the head of the serpent (the power of Satan).

I. THE PROMISE OF A SAVIOUR - verses 14 and 15
A. A promise of retribution - vs. 14
To the serpent God says because thou hast done this thou art cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field.
1. The reality of this curse - men look at the serpent with loathing, horror and fear
2. The reason for the curse - the creature that lent its body to the evil one to be the instrument through which temptation came was resigned to degradation in the dust
B. A promise of redemption - vs. 15
1. A battle is prophesied - God said I'm going to put enmity (warfare) between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman
a. The curse goes beyond the serpent to Satan himself
b. Seeking to avenge hims ...

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