Noah and beyond
So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (or seed) and hers; he will crush (or strike) your head, and you will strike his heel."
**The words in italics are mine.**
A Promised Savior
This Genesis 3:14-15 account provides for all mankind a promise of a Savior...the first promise of a Savior. It details for us that while Satan will receive a very real mortal "blow", Christ, Himself, will also receive a "blow"; but, one that would only be temporary, though painful.
Satan will not, cannot be redeemed; he has been cursed for all eternity. Mankind, on the other hand, will be redeemed, bought with a price, by God. God has a purpose and a destiny for mankind. That destiny is revealed by God when He curses the serpent (Satan)...the woman's "seed", the promise of the Messiah.
Three Stages of Occurrences
There are three very distinct stages to the redemption of God's people and the destruction of Satan. Each one of importance in their own right; but, each one needing to be built on one another for the fulfillment of the promise God gave mankind of a Savior.
1. The first stage is that of redemption. A part of the promise already given. A Savior, born unto man through the lineage of Eve. Jesus, the Christ, who shucked his "King"ness to be clothed in human form. The Lord of Lords and King of kings who suffered a brutal, painful death on the cross, who suffered the shame of sin while being without sin to bring an end to sin.
Isaiah 53:5--"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed."
2. The second stage will come when Jesus, the Christ returns to gather His people unto Him. He will reward the faithful with eternal life; but, will give eternal destruction to those who remained faithful to Satan. God is a loving and merciful God and wishes that no one suffer such a punishment; but, God is also a God of justice and those who choose not to live in His Light must accept God's punishment. (I am a mother, and as such I love my children dearly; however, when my children act in disobedience or disrespect, because I love them, I must discipline them, in love. My discipline is not to say to them how much they are "bad", because they are not; but, to show my love in order to divert their disobedience to one of obedience. God is the same, He wants not that any of His children, all of mankind, perish; but, His justice is such that a punishment must be given.)
John 15:10--"'If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father's command and remain in His love.'"
3. The final stage will be the final judgment God gives to all mankind and to Satan. Sin and death will be completely destroyed and blotted from all the earth and from the minds of those who have remained faithful through all the ages.
1 Corinthians 15:22-26--"For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death."
How did God's promised plan unfold?
1. Between the time of Adam & Eve and that of Noah, the population of the earth increased; as the number of people grew, sin also increased and mankind came to forget and forsake God. It increased so much that, in His anger, God declared an end to all mankind. He considered destroying the earth and everyone & everything on it. But, there was a man who God looked upon in favor...Noah. He saw in Noah a heart that knew God, knew of God and that wanted to please God. God, remembering the promise given to Adam and Even when they were sent out of Eden, spared Noah and his family. We all know (or should know) the story of Noah and the Ark.
2. It was at this time that God remembered His original promise to mankind of a Savior, the One who would bring redemption to mankind and bring mankind back to God's embrace. It was with Noah, and the flood, that God vowed to never use a flood to again destroy the goodness that He created. God declared that the seasons would follow each other as they should until the promised salvation of mankind was completely fulfilled at the final judgment.
3. When Abraham comes on the scene some time later, we find in him a man who, like Noah, knew God, knew of God and had a heart to please God. Abraham had faith in what God told him. Abraham lived by faith, and when God told him to go, Abraham went without question. How many of us today would gladly leave what we know (our comfort zone) based on faith? My guess is not many.
4. God gave some very specific promises to Abraham. There was the original promise given to Adam and Eve for salvation and redemption, and, because of his faith, Abraham was given additional promises.
- Abraham's descendants would posess the land of Canaan; not only that Abraham's descenants then would possess Canaan; but, that Abraham's descendants at the end of time would posess Canaan. The Lord said to Abram (Abraham) after Lot had parted from him, 'Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring (or seed) FOREVER.") [**The words in italics or capitalized are added for emphasis.**]
- Abraham's descendants would become a great nation. Through Abraham we learn of Isaac and Jacob (Israel), Abraham's son and grandson. Through Jacob (Israel) come the 12 tribes of Israel as we know them today. When Jacob (Israel) took his family to the land of Egypt due to famine, his family numbered only 70 (not counting women and children). When the Israelites increased in number the Egyptians enslaved them. During the time of Moses when the Israelites were granted a release from their bondage, their numbers were increased to over two million.
- All nations will be blessed through one of Abraham's descendants. Still, mankind has not receive the greatest blessing of all which is the total destruction of sin and death. Because mankind has so filled the earth with violence and sin and destruction, God's glory has not been manifested in its fullness. We, mankind, have to have had the Gospel, Jesus, the Christ, and his life, death, burial & resurrection, come to earth to prepare the way for the final stages of the redemption of mankind. Matthew 1:1 provides the link between Jesus, the Christ and Abraham. "A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:" It continues to list the ancestors from Abraham to King David to the Babylonian exile to Joseph, who was the husband of Mary, who carried the Christ within her womb and delivered Him into the world as a baby. We who are born of the same faith that Abraham possessed are also known as the sons and daughters of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7--"Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.") The very foundation for faith is that the believer has a full belief and trust in God and will obey God completely; this is the very opposite of sin. Jesus, the Christ is the example for us in our own faith walks in that He was obedient fully to God throughout His life and then into His death and resurrection. He alone bore the shame and guilt of our sins though he bore no sins of His own.
For further reading...
For a continued study of the topics discussed in this article blog, I recommend reading the following Scriptures in the Bible:
- Genesis 6--The Flood
- Genesis 12--The Call of Abram
- Genesis 15--God's Covenant with Abram
- Genesis 22--Abraham Tested
- Deuteronomy 28--Blessings for Obedience and Curses for Disobedience
- Psalms 72
- Isaiah 32--The Kingdom of Righteousness
- Acts 7--Stephen's Speech to the Sanhedrin
- Romans 4--Abraham Justified by Faith
- Galatians 3--Faith or Observance of the Law
- Hebrews 11--By Faith