[Podcast Episode 77] In the middle of the saddest chapter in all history comes a strange and special promise. What is “enmity”? What does “seed” mean? Why the seed of a woman? We look at this First Gospel and then lighten things up with lobster shells and snake skins!
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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.
I heard about Eve never being friends with the Serpent again from David Guzik’s commentary on Blue Letter Bible.
Whether the “seed” was singular or plural was interesting to study out:
- This article says it’s a collective (like a farmer plants “seed” in his field).
Jesus shows us how it works with Satan’s seed: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
- But this article reminds us although that is true, the verbs afterwards are singular, so the “seed of the woman” is a single person.
It is quite clear that only one person fits the role of being seed of the woman (not the man) and crushing Satan: “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Colossians 2:14-15 ESV
And someday Jesus will forever destroy Satan and his “seed”:
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10
Answers in Genesis has an article talking even more about this First Gospel.
It’s amazing to me how God could hide his plan in plain sight knowing Satan would never figure it out in time or be able to stop him!
You can always read these magazines as a PDF, or if you live in the USA you can sign up for a free paper copy to read away from your device and pass on to others!
Most of the info was from library books. I did check on the length of an anaconda and the longest verified length is only 18 feet [5.5 m], but even the Encyclopedia Britannica thinks they may well reach 33 feet [10 m].