Heels & heads will be bruised

Recently I (Erick) have been reading a Daily Devotional written by Pastor Bob Coy. I’ve mentioned a few things I’ve learned through this study a few times, but this one really caught me.

Lately, the theme has been Genesis. It’s forcing me to look at things like “the fall” and what God intended for us, how He’s rescued us, and His Godly character through the whole process. Today’s passage was Genesis 3:15.

“‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.'”

Now I’ve read this passage more than a few times. I mean, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve attempted to read the Bible in a year and gotten to Numbers and stopped … I’d probably have $10. But this time, Pastor Coy really wanted me to look at what he believes this passage is really alluding to. Its about Jesus. You know, the theme of the entire Bible.

This is where, in chapter 3 of Genesis, we see the first hint at God’s plan to save us from sin. The serpent’s offspring being Satan’s demonic forces, and the woman’s offspring being Jesus Christ.

“This showdown would culminate with Christ bruising Satan’s head, and Satan bruising Christ’s heel. It’s important to see that the wound Jesus receives isn’t fatal, yet the wound Satan receives is. Christ would be wounded, but He would emerge victorious.”

My mind was blown. Have you ever experienced that? You’ve read something for so long one way, then someone comes along with a Holy Spirit inspired moment and turns your world upside-down (in a good way). Like when Tim Keller told me to look at the prodigal son parable from the perspective of the older brother who stays home, instead of looking at if from the perspective of the brother who leaves. Mind blown!

The theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sets the stage for Him. He is the underlying driving force of the entire Bible. But to see it, right there in Genesis 3:15, laid out as God tells us all that He’s got a plan to rescue us and bring us back home. Wow. Beautiful.

It’s a great reminder that the Bible always has something new for us to discover. No matter how many times we’ve read something.

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