“The Promise of God”
The 2nd Sunday of Advent. We often talk about the anticipation of Christmas. When we were children we couldn’t wait. As we grew older, perhaps the preparation and traditions have got in the way of childlike anticipation and wonder. Consider Paul’s words on this topic, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” Romans 8:19-22
To understand what Paul was speaking of we must return to the scene of the crime, which is also the point where God declared His promised solution.
Genesis 3:1-15 The great confrontation.
Theologically this section of Scripture is referred to as the “Fall”. Mankind (Adam & Eve) listened to the serpent (Satan) who was in the world (Garden of Eden) with them. They disobeyed God’s command and the result was a break in the God ordained order.
1. Man and woman had life, now ______________.
2. In the midst of joy and pleasure, now __________________.
3. Replacing God’s plan of abundance even basic subsistence ________________________.
4. The realm of perfect _______________ has been replaced with the ills of humanity – separation from God, fear, blaming others, hiding from responsibility, living in shame, carried away by pride and insolence.
In verse 15 we have recorded the 1st Messianic promise. Some important observations.
“And 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.”
1. The Lord is speaking to the Devil. _________________________________________
2. This is the foundation for God’s promises that follow in the Bible. ___________________
3. Note that the struggle is between the serpent and the woman, between his seed and her seed, and between a single individual and the serpent.
Adam is simply passed over. Why? Because of the ____________! This is the single seed (Jesus) represented in the verse, “He shall bruise your head”. The plural of “her seed” represents those who will love God and follow God.
The seed of the devil represents those who are opposed to God. _______________ _____________________________________________ (John 8:22-24)
Her seed (Jesus) will inflict a mortal wound (bruise your head) to the Devil while the devil will bruise the heel (not a mortal wound) to Jesus.
Genesis 3:15 is referred to as the protevangelium, the 1st Messianic reference in the Bible.
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