The Promised Seed
Now we move into the next aspect of this transition from the Garden. And that is God’s proclamations to the Devil. Notice there is no opportunity here for the Devil to receive forgiveness or for the reestablishment of fellowship between God and Lucifer. Since we know, from God’s Word, that God is forgiving and merciful we have to understand that God’s proclamation to the Devil is after forgiveness has been offered and refused. It was offered and refused when Lucifer first rebelled between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Further we can see that God, in His foreknowledge, knows that there will never be repentance on the part of the Devil. Rather the Devil has continued to fight against God even unto this very day. The Devil is still trying to defeat God!
And the Lord God said unto the serpent,
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle,
and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go,
and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
This word cursed is in reference to effects. It is the same word used later in this chapter in verse 17 concerning the ground.
The ground will no longer produce like it should or would have while man was still in the Kingdom of God, in the Garden. When man works the ground now, it will produce less than the best. Notice it will still produce, but it will be less.
The Devil is also cursed, like the ground. What he has tried to do will not work. The Devil will still get some results to his plans but his plans will never work out the way the Devil had anticipated. Now the question is what effect did the Devil want to produce?
How art thou fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground,
which did weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart,
I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.
Lucifer wanted to be worshipped. Short of worship to himself directly, he wants to steal the worship man should have toward God. But God is telling him that he will not get the results he wanted. Yes, he will be able to steal some worship from God as he seduces people into following other things while ignoring God. And yes, he will be able to hinder the plans of God in the lives of some of the people. He will even be able to get some of the people to actually worship him as god. But overall, when all is said and done, the Devil will fail. He will not be “God”, and he will not sit on the throne of God, and he will not overthrow God.
That the Devil is still trying to fight God, some six thousand years after God has told him that he would fail, just shows you to what great depths the Devil holds no integrity for what God has to say.
“Upon thy belly shalt thou go” is a figure of speech to bring emphasis to the complete humiliation that the Devil will experience in the future.
For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
This is a sign of complete humiliation. Of being completely humbled before another. This is what God is telling the Devil. Rather than worship, the Devil will suffer complete humiliation.
“Dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” is also a figure of speech. It is here to put emphasis on the complete and utter defeat that the Devil will experience at the hands of the promised seed.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
First, God tells the Devil that he is cursed, that what he plans to accomplish will not produce the effect that he was anticipating. Then God states, rather than worship, the Devil will be totally humiliated and completely defeated.
Now how is God going to bring this complete and total defeat to pass? The answer is in the next verse as God issued the great promise of the coming Redeemer, the Messiah, the Promised Seed.
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.
There are 4 separate aspects to consider in this verse of scripture:
First, a woman does not have seed. When it comes to producing a child, the woman supplies the egg and the man provides the seed. Therefore, this is not a literal statement.
And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife,
and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his;
and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife,
that he spilled [it] on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
Science is also well aware that seed comes from the male rather than the female. The reason God has stated it this way is to place the emphasis on who will bring or produce the seed. It will be God, it is not something that man will do or produce.
Adam’s bloodline is corrupted due to his sin. Corrupted blood will not correct the problem man has brought upon himself. Therefore, nothing man can do will pay for his sin any better than the fig leaves covered for man’s loss of holy spirit. All man can do is die for his sin and that does not correct the problem.
God is going to take care of the plan of redemption for mankind; it will be God that reconciles man back to Himself. Man will never be able to remove or cross over the chasm, between himself and God, based upon his own works or self-accomplishments.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The word reconcile is the Greek word, katallasso. It is defined, as a change on the part of one party only, induced by some action on the part of another. God reconciles man to Himself. It is God, in Genesis 3, as in 2 Corinthians, who will take the action. It is man who will need to make a change based upon the action God has taken. The basic change man will need to make is to cease from his own “good” works and accept the accomplished work of God, in his son Jesus Christ. To accept the fullness of redemption that God has accomplished through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The next point from Genesis 3:15 is the two different seeds. The seed of the woman spoken of is the Redeemer, the Christ. Christ means the anointed one. The other seed spoken of are those who will become children of the Devil. There will be enmity between these two seeds. In seeing the character of God and the character of the Devil, it is not hard to see and understand why there would be enmity between the two different seeds.
And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul (who also is called Paul,) filled with the holy ghost, set his eyes on him, and said, O full of all subtilty and mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
This is one of the descriptions, in God’s Word, concerning children of the Devil; in this case, he is also facing someone who is a child of God. We can see here that the Devil’s children are the enemies of all righteousness. On the other hand, we read in God’s Word that the Redeemer, the Christ, the Promised Seed, would be righteous. These two different seeds from Genesis 3:15 are most assuredly in for a confrontation.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch,
and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely:
and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
The Lord Our Righteousness.
This is the Promised Seed of Genesis 3:15.
We should also understand that the Promised Seed of Genesis 3:15 is one man, Jesus who is the Christ, while the seed of the Devil is not just one person. God uses the term seed to indicate the relationship between the person and the Devil. Over the years, many people will become children of the Devil and all of these people will work at stopping the plan of God. These people will attack the men and women who stand for and with God; these people will attack the Christ line in the hope of preventing Christ’s arrival. At every turn, these people will prove themselves the enemy of God as they move with the words of their father, the Devil, to hinder the plans of God.
The third point is about the Devil’s head “being bruised”. This is not in reference to a literal head that is bruised but once again is a figure that is referring to the plans and the schemes of the Devil. His plans will not work! God has just told the Devil his plans will not work in Genesis 3:14 but now God is telling the Devil exactly how his plans shall be stopped. It will be God’s Promised Seed; the coming Redeemer, and what the Redeemer will accomplish, that will stop the Devil’s plans.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
The word bruise in Romans means to crush completely or utterly. Also, the feet are again figurative. Under the feet implies subjection. This is the humiliation spoken of in Genesis 3:14.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The Devil will go into the lake of fire. This is his ending point when he will no longer hinder the purposes, the plans, or the people of God. That is what God is talking about in Genesis 3 when He says that his head “shall be bruised”; while the bruising of the heel is in reference to the sufferings that the Promised Seed, the Redeemer, shall endure.
The final point from this verse of scripture concerns the bruising of the heel of the Promised Seed.
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men:
The King James Version of the Bible doesn’t really paint a picture here of the sufferings the Promised Seed would endure. The New English Bible translates Isaiah 52:14 in this manner, “...his form, disfigured, lost all likeness of a man, his beauty changed beyond human semblance.”
This is much more accurate when you consider what happened to Jesus Christ and who was acting upon him. He was beaten with rods and reeds. A bag was placed over his head and he was punched. This was all done by men who were soldiers. Not our soldiers of today that fight with bombs and guns but men who fought every battle in hand to hand combat, men who fought with swords and spears and axes. All of these soldiers would have had great physical strength. Each punch would have been a punishing blow. And these soldiers beat on God’s Promised Seed for approximately 40 hours. Yes, the seed from God was bruised.
The Redeemer did suffer. But to have your head crushed is to be hurt in a vital area. Whereas, to have your heel bruised is not a vital area. The Devil caused the Redeemer to suffer but God did not leave His Promised Seed in a state of corruption. God raised His Son from the dead, never to die again.
And the angel answered and said unto the women,
Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said,
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once:
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The sufferings were only temporary. But the crushing of the Devil’s head, the ruination of his plans and schemes will be permanent.
This then is the proclamation of the Devil’s complete and utter defeat by the bringing to pass of the Promised Seed, the Redeemer for all of mankind. This now becomes the hope for Adam and Eve, as well as those who shall follow after them. This point, the Promised Seed, now becomes the subject of the Word of God in the administrations that will follow.
Transition From Paradise
So we have now seen God working with man and issue the promise of the coming Redeemer, while dealing with the Devil. But there is more that needs to be covered before man leaves God’s Garden.
Until the Promised seed shall come God’s words give to man a hope. God has let man see His ultimate victory and the ultimate defeat of the Devil. Man can see that the authority, the Devil managed to steal, will not protect him nor help him in the long run. Man learns the legal authority the Devil has over him will also be broken. Yet there are other results from Adam’s sin that require a more immediate solution. The results in the body and soul of man also need to be handled. The spiritual results of the great chasm, the separation between God and man must also be handled.
These things and more are all going to be handled by God before this time of transition comes to a close. When man leaves the Garden and enters the Patriarchal Administration, he will be able to walk in fellowship with and receive the blessings and the protection of God. All man will have to do is what Adam failed to do in the Garden, obey. Mankind will need to believe the integrity of God’s Word.