First Messianic Promise
“and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”Genesis 3v15 KJV
God put enmity, a deep-seated hatred between the serpent and Eve.
This verse is the first promise in the Bible of the Messiah (Christ). One day Satan would injure “the seed of the woman,” Jesus Christ, at the cross. But Jesus triumphantly rose from the dead to deliver a mortal head wound to Satan the serpent who will be cast into the lake of fire (cp. Hebrews 2v14; Revelation 20v10). Also, read Romans 16v20.
Here is the first hint of the Virgin Birth in the Bible. The Messiah would be the Seed of the woman, not the man.
God was not ‘caught napping’ when man sinned. God knew man would sin and the Bible speaks of Christ as the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13v8). Also, Romans 8v30 and Ephesians 1v4 speak of a people chosen before the foundation of the world – before Adam and Eve had sinned. God so loved us that He planned our salvation away back in the courts of eternity, long before this world existed. God loved us with “everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31v3).
Eve – mother of all living
Adam gave his wife the name Eve because she was the mother of all living. This means that every person born into this world is descended from her. She was the mother of human kind. Remember she was not even pregnant at this stage, so by faith Adam believed that she would have children. Perhaps he even thought that she would bear the One who would deliver them from Satan.
God made clothes
Wearing clothes is a God-given principle and not just a cultural thing. It dates all the way back to Genesis to the Garden of Eden when God made clothes for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness. They felt shame because of their sin and God provided them with covering.
The fact that God made clothes for Adam and Eve shows that nudity is not acceptable to God. It leads to lust.
Modesty is the key factor here. Obviously, God does not require us to dress in some sort of tunics made from animal skins today.
God slew innocent animals to clothe Adam and Eve (Genesis 3v21), showing them that atonement (covering) for sin must be a blood sacrifice – “for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17v11); “without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9v22). The innocent animals being killed was a picture of the Sinless Saviour shedding His blood for our sins. Adam and Eve were thus taught to look forward to the coming of the Messiah who would one day atone for the sins of the world.
Expulsion From the Garden
Adam and Eve no longer live in the Garden of Eden because they sinned. They must always have remembered this fact and no doubt often talked of the ‘good old days’ in Eden.
Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, lest they should eat of the tree of life and live forever in their sin (Genesis 3v22-24). God loved them and did not want them to live forever separated from Him. Cherubim guarded the way to the tree of life – there was no going back.
They continued to farm but life outside Eden was very difficult for them – sorrow, sweat, and hard labour as they tilled the sin-cursed ground (Genesis 3v23).
We do not live in the Garden of Eden because of sin and also it was always God’s purpose for the earth to be populated (Genesis 1v28). Eden no longer exists in this sin-cursed world.
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