The Beginning of Prophecy

Genesis 3:15

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."  

This message was preached September 28, 2003 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com

"Here again we behold the exceeding riches of God's grace. Before He acted in judgment He displayed His mercy; before He banished the guilty ones from Eden, He gave them a blessed promise and hope. Though Satan had encompassed the downfall of man, it is announced that One shall come and bruise his head. By woman had come sin, by woman should come the Savior. By woman had come the curse, by woman should come Him who would bear and remove the curse. By woman Paradise was lost, yet by woman should be born the One who should regain it. O what grace -- the Lord of glory was to be the woman's Seed!

Here we have the beginning and germ of all prophecy. . . .Who but He who knoweth the end from the beginning could have given such an accurate outline of subsequent history, and packed it within the limits of this one verse!" AW Pink

With the beginning of prophesies we have the foundation stone upon which dozens of other Biblical prophesies will be laid. It is here that we see that Jesus was to dome and to die but His death would accomplish more than anyone ever would have thought. Here we find the significance of Rev. Rev 13:8 . . . the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. NKJV

Here then we have the first prophetic reference in the Bible or in history to this point.

  1. Genesis 3:15
    1. The background
      1. God has finished the creation and has placed the first man and women in a perfect garden.
      2. They are to tend the garden and worship and obey God.
      3. The command in jeopardy is the one God gave them not to eat of a certain tree else they would die.
      4. Along comes the tempter in the form of a serpent and beguiles the woman to eat, appealing to her desire for food, the appealingness of the fruit and the desire to be like God.
      5. God then pronounces a curse on each of the three, the serpent and who he represents, Satan along with the woman and the man.
    2. But along with the curse God promises a deliverer.
      1. The seed of the serpent will strike the seed of the woman on the heal.
        1. Although painful, yet not fatal or final.
          1. Jesus will not be destroyed by so great an evil.
          2. He will triumph over death and the grave.
        2. This was and is continually fulfilled in the persecution of the children of God by the children of the devil.
        3. But finds it ultimate fulfillment when Jesus, the sole seed of the woman, is put to death on the cross.
        4. His "bruising" at the hands of the wicked.
      2. This seed of the woman is then said to strike the head of the serpent, meaning a death blow.
        1. This was accomplished initially when Jesus arose from the dead.
          1. In that moment Satan's defeat and final doom are made sure.
        2. But will finally be fulfilled when Satan is cast into the lake of fire.
    3. Since this prophecy the faithful continued to look for the Messiah.
      1. Now I know some will say but this is just a myth, a fable which has no substance in history.
        1. But consider the Chinese language
          1. It is a picture language and tells the story in actual pictures.
          2. In recent years some of these pictures have given way to shorter forms that are more computer friendly.
        2. Or consider findings of archeology, the temptation seal
  1. Here we see a woman and a man sitting on either side of a fruit tree with the serpent behind the woman as if speaking in here ear.
  1. Or the Adam & Eve seal
    1. Depicts a naked man and a naked woman walking as if utterly downcast and brokenhearted, followed by a serpent.
    2. Presently in the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, this seal was found in 1932 by Dr. E. A. Speiser near the bottom of the Tepe Gawra Mound, 12 miles north of Nineveh. He dated the seal at about 3500 B. C. and called it "strongly suggestive of the Adam and Eve story."
  2. Or consider the words of Jesus.
    1. Mark 10:6 "But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.'
    2. Jesus refers to the creation story without any qualification.
    3. If anyone knew if the story was true or not, surely Jesus did and lying does not become His character.
  1. When Eve has her first born son she say I have begotten a man from the Lord. But since there is no word for from in the Hebrew some have translated this, "I have begotten a man, the Lord" which would indicate that she believed Cain to be the promised seed.
    1. Or, a man the Lord, as the words properly signify: q.d. God-man, or the Messias, hoping that this was the promised Seed. Poole
  1. This one prophecy draws the whole of revelation together.
    1. It gives us an outline of the struggle of the ages.
    2. The constant enmity between the seed of Satan and the seed of God.
    3. The continual struggle between good and evil.
    4. It forecasts the suffering Savior and the triumphant King.
      1. Isa 53:10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
      2. John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
  1. The Jews a current miracle
    1. The Jews exist today as a fulfillment the promises made to Abraham in Genesis 12, 15 & 17
      1. His descendants are to be as the stars in number
      2. The land of Canaan as an eternal possession.
      3. Abraham's name to be made great.
      4. Bless those that bless and curse those who curse
      5. To be the father of many nations
      6. All the fami8lies of the earth to be blessed through the Jews.
    2. No other people has been so persecuted and hated over the centuries.
    3. Literally driven from their land in 100 A.D. they did not again take possession of it until the middle of the twentieth century.
      1. Do you understand the probability of all of that.
      2. It would be like the Inca Indians regaining South America.
  2. Judah Gen 49:1 "I will tell you things that will happen to you in the days to come"
    1. Jacob pronounces blessings on his children before he dies.
    2. For some it is more a curse that a blessing.
    3. Judah the fourth son of Jacob receives the blessing of the eldest son.
      1. The scepter will not depart
        1. This indicates rulership or kingship
        2. This would not occur for the first time for another 640 years.
        3. Several others would have the leadership position of the nation but not be able to hold on to it.
          1. Moses = Levi
          2. Joshua = Ephraim
          3. Gideon = Manasseh
          4. Samson = Dan
          5. Samuel = Ephraim
          6. Saul = Benjamin
          7. David = Judah
        4. No other tribe held the scepter since.
      2. Shiloh
        1. The word means "The one Who brings peace"
        2. In Isa. 9:6 the Messiah is referred to as the prince of peace.
        3. Jacob here foretells which tribe will produce the Messiah.
      3. Lion
        1. Rev 5:5 Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, NKJV

The purpose of all this is to see that God does exist and that He has given us a revelation. Also it is to see that God cares about us, you and me. Cares enough to bruise His Son to bring us to Himself. Cares enough to send His Son to die on a cross.