Mark D. Roberts

“Hint of the Savior”

READ Genesis 3:14-16

“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Genesis 3:15

Throughout the ages, Christian commentators have seen in Genesis 3:15 the first hint of the Savior. There will be hostility between the serpent (an image of Satan) and the offspring of the woman (literally her “seed”). One born of a woman will one day strike the serpent’s head, killing it.

Calling Genesis 3:15 a prophecy might be a bit excessive. But, as we read from a Christian perspective, we see in God’s words to the serpent the first hints of the Savior yet to come.
Do you believe that your life is touched by evil forces beyond the natural ones? What difference does this make in how you live?
PRAYER: O Lord, we feel the “bite of the serpent” in our lives as we are tempted, as we give way to sin. We sense the hostility spoken of in this text, and we hate it.
Thank you, gracious God, for seeing even from the beginning that from the woman’s offspring would come the one to crush the head of the serpent. Thank You for Jesus, our Savior, whose death broke the power of evil and set us free from the stain of sin. Amen.
This Daily Reflection is from The High Calling of Our Daily Work website. Each day I publish a reflection/devotional on The High Calling. From this website you can sign up to receive the Daily Reflection in your e-mail box.

I am reminded of one of the most brilliant scenes in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. As Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Satan comes to tempt him. As the temptation continues, a white snake moves from Satan in the direction of Jesus. In a moment of sheer determination, Jesus crushes the head of the snake, and then Satan disappears.

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