“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: 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.’”
The first reference to a coming savior?
Scholars generally believe that the later portion of verse 15, “it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” is a reference to the coming savior. This may seem quite obscure to us, but it is important that we recognize the significance of the language of the Bible. The Bible is God’s book. He chooses his words wisely. The preceding phrase reads “and between thy seed and her seed.” Everywhere else in the Bible, women are not referred to as having seed; that distinction is given to men. What, then, is the seed of the woman?
Jesus is the only man ever to be born of a woman without the involvement of a man. Jesus did not have an earthly father, just an earthly mother. He is the only man EVER who has the distinction of being the seed of a woman.
What about the rest of the phrase, “it shall bruise thy head, and though shalt bruise his heal?” Again, scholars generally agree that this refers to Jesus’ work on earth and death on the cross. Satan and sin bruised Him by sending Him to the Cross of Calvary. By dying on the cross and being raised again, Jesus defeated the work of Satan and the power of sin. He crushed its head.
Even the first man and woman knew there was a coming savior! God never abandoned us! There is a way!