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The Woman and the Serpent (Chapter 3)

“The Seed of the Woman”

So Eve was deceived and together with her Adam, Her partner and husband, they were pulled into a fatal and poisonous trap. They jointly and severally became sinners. The word “sin” (singular and pointing to one principal act) refers to missing the goal for which Adam and Eve were jointly created. We MUST pay close attention to this point. The creation of mankind was in response to a massive and catastrophic rebellion and ruin that occurred eons ago, when Lucifer and his subordinates had fallen. God specifically declared the destiny of man in Genesis 1:26.

In Genesis1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our Image,according to our Likeness; and let them have Rule … on theearth”

This is the calling, the specific creation, and the destiny of human kind. This is the first ever mention of something related to mankind coming from the mouth of God. God had and has created man for dominion, ruling, and reigning with Him,and on His behalf on this plan and someday to extend this dominion to an entirely new universe.

Adam and Eve, the federal representatives of the human race, were created with specific and spiritually-based faculties that could enable them to not only communicate with God by His Spirit, but also to contain God’s life; thus manifesting,expressing, and manifesting His mind, intentions, and Glory.

This necessitated the existence of free will. The debate over free will and that of predestination has been going on for centuries in the theological circles of the world. Every religion has attempted to define and determine the limit, the definition, and extension of each of these concepts. This book will not focus on this debate. Suffice to say that man in his creation was designed with an embedded ability to choose and make independent decisions that would be respected by God. The classic example of this is found very early in the pages of the Bible. In Genesis chapter 2 we read about God and man entering a very interesting transaction.

“19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts ofthe field.”

Notice in this verse God and man accomplish a great act together. God provides and arranges the attendance of all living animals before Adam and in return, Adam chooses names for them. The choice of names was purely that of Adam’s personal taste and volition. He exercised his free will and God respected it. God was in a sense bound by (or made Himself willing to accept) Adam’s choices. In the future God would use names that were given to the animals by Adam! This is amazing!

The reason I have brought up this issue is not to open a new or old “can of worms” regarding the subject of freewill and destiny. I am attempting to state that man’s free will is needed in God’s accomplishment of His plans and purposes. If free will was not important God would have created man with no such ability and thus would direct man with his predetermined paths and plans and man would merely be a player in the cosmic game without any of his own faults and sins. There would be no need for redemption because God would ensure man would never have the chance to personally and willingly choose evil and not God. The fact that there were two trees of vital importance and meaning placed in the Edenic Garden proves God’s utter respect and desire for man’s free will to be exercised.

At this point in Genesis 3, standing at the threshold of history taking a foundational turn to the worse, we see God passing judgment on the human couple for their decision to believe the lie that was spoken by the serpent. This also proves the fact that God utterly respects man’s free will. They had chosen and God was recompensing them for their choice. In the Divine governmental justice and dealings, the offender is first judged and committed to the prescribed punishment and then in due time mercy and grace are dispensed in favor of the offender to release him of the bondage of the offense and its severe consequences. Even in our western judicial systems,to the extent that the original intents of the lawmakers of adhered to, those held responsible for crimes committed by them are first judged and sent to correctional institutions and then in due time parole is granted. In the case of Adam and Eve, the offense was so severe that the judgment was nothing short of death. They had actually rejected God’s free offer of everlasting life symbolized by the tree of life and sought a dangerous path of self discovery through the knowledge of good and evil. This rejection of life was equal to the acceptance of anything and everything short of eternality. Man was granted his wishes by God. Man was allowed to pursue the path of self-knowledge and self-discovery through the endless and ongoing operation of good and evil in the fabric of mankind and in the society he would some day create. There was no other verdict but gradual death and eternal separation from the creator who was so in love with His grandest creation that He had granted it to have a personality capacity similar to His. God’s mirror image and potentially exact representative in the material world was not marred by deception and self-discovery. God passed His righteous judgment according to that which man had desired: Life apart and separate from God. Man had become a self-expressing species and no longer a God-expressing love object.

So God sadly and with regret spoke these final words in His concluding remarks in Genesis 3:19

“19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

Man would not live forever as God had originally designed man to be and become. Man would have to taste the bitter taste of dust in his mouth and worms that would consume his flesh until he would come to realize the horror of how the rejection of God’s love and life would throw him straight into the murderous arms of Satan.

But, God does not operate on the basis of revenge. To exact revenge would imply a weakness and in security in God Himself. God may employ His anger and indignation in order to exact vengeance, but He would never take revenge. Vengeance refers to an act of punishment that stems of a rightful and just cause. If God had the ability or the propensity to act revengefully, we would not see Him forgive mankind for the murder of His Son! God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.And when the world killed His Son, He did not act with impulses of revenge that would have consumed all of mankind in an instant and wipe out the evil race that man had become. Instead God postponed all judicial demands of His own nature and promised that some day in the future He would return to the scene of man’s world and judge all mankind and exact the vengeance that is due to man.

In Luke 21:22 Jesus speaks of the days preceding His return as the days of vengeance when God will judge all the nations.

In Romans 12:19 and Hebrews 10:30Paul reminds his readers that God has already declared that, “Vengeance is mine”.

God here in Genesis 3 declares to Adam and Eve the short and long term results of their decision. Then in a very marvelous and magnificent way, He promises Eve, the woman who stated it all,the promise of the Seed.

In Genesis 3:15 we read this:

“15And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
and you shall bruise him on the heel.”

This promise was spoken to the serpent who was the personification of Satan. It was not spoken to Adam or Eve even though I am convinced that it was declared publicly to Satan so Adam and especially Eve would hear these words. God was promising Satan that he was finished and his rebellious and high jacked planet and residents would be freed and his dominion would quickly come to an end. If there was a chance for Satan to retain the control of this creation for longer periods this incident out the first nail in his coffin. The promise clearly states that there would be a Seed, meaning a man, directly descending from the woman who would destroy him for good. This is a strange verse in the sense that Adam is somewhat bypassed and Eve becomes the vessel of delivering this Seed. She is the one who would bring the Seed to the world and the Seed would be from her and not from man. In other words, as Adam and Eve found out later that every human being needs the involvement of the male and female parent to produce an offspring (Seed), this one particular Seed would only need a woman and not a man! God stood on the side of the woman and fully vindicated her apparent failure. God would not allow the woman to ever be blamed as the one who caused the catastrophic fall of mankind. God would ensure that the woman would be fully released from this apparent accusation by birthing the Seed that would crush the head of the serpent.

Paul alludes to this of tenmisunderstood verse in first Timothy 2:13-15

“13For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Butwomen will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”

This verse may mean many things, but it seems clear to me that Paul is remembering Genesis 3 and how God promised Eve the coming of the deliverer and how it would be through her Seed that this would be accomplished. In this section of the scriptures, God is admonishing women to remember the disastrous behavior of Eve and how it caused so much trouble because she did not recognize her position in the divine order. Paul then goes on to encourage women to not only exercise faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint, but to also in the manner of Eve consider child-bearing a reminder of the marvelous birth of the Savior. Ever time a Christian woman gives birth to a child she slaps Satan in the face by reminding him that one day 2000 years ago a young girl, names Mary, gave birth to a Son who was the Seed and He destroyed his right to man and all that was allocated to man as his inheritance. Mary gave birth to the Seed without any male human involvement.This was an exact and precise fulfillment of this prophecy in Genesis 3:15.Every woman who gives birth, even though a man has been involvement in the creation of the child, is symbolically re-enacting the birth of the Seed and thus such an occasion should not only be celebrated, but be a time for reflection and gratitude that the Man whom God was well pleased with him also entered this world the way we all enter: Through a woman!

So we see that the promise of the Seed given to Satan would set the stage for a bitter and hateful relationship between God archenemy and the woman who was predestined to deliver the Seed. This is the beginning of a long and bloody conflict that lasted several thousand years and still continues today in certain forms around the world. This hatred of the woman who became the driving force of Satan to destroy the Seed spilled into every aspect of human affairs.In all aspects of human life on this planet this utter hatred of woman and the desire to destroy her and the Seed has permeated. As we shall briefly review this unfortunate and painful development in man’s history, we shall see the propagation of this woman-hating and woman-degrading mindset in most, if not all, human societies throughout history.

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